Weave for the Swedish Kitchen

One warp — infinite possibilities

Instructors: Becky Ashenden, Sara Jeanne Burke, Bettie Zakon-Anderson

Dates offered 2018: May 22–25 (class full; waiting list only)

Imagine the joy of weaving an apron with tubular handwoven apron strings to match your tablecloth and napkins. Play with colors and learn a variety of new techniques while you make an impressive pile of beautiful things for your kitchen.

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Make these

  • aprons
  • towels
  • tablecloths
  • runners
  • potholders
  • napkins
  • placemats

Learn techniques

  • plain weave
  • basket weave
  • twills & variations
  • log cabin
  • rep weave
  • flat bands
  • tubular bands


  • 22/2 cottolin
  • 8/2 cotton
  • 16/2 cotton
  • 8/1 tow linen
  • 6/1 tow linen
  • 16/1 linen
  • 16/2 linen
  • string yarns


  • aprons
  • hems
  • hanger tabs
  • potholders

Sewing machines

  • Bring your own if you can
  • Ask about alternatives

All the warps will be wound and beamed before you get here with your choice of color. (We will send several colorway options for you to choose from.) Tuesday morning will begin with the peaceful tasks of threading the heddles, planning your project, and choosing colors and yarns. As soon as your loom is tied up and ready to go, weaving can begin. We will cut pieces off throughout the week as necessary in order to re-sley and/or have fabric to sew with.

Choose your warp length of 6, 9, or 12 meters before class. How you divide your time between weaving and sewing during the four days of class will determine how much of the warp you weave in our studio and how much is left to take home with you. You may want to focus on new techniques while you are here, and finish weaving a larger matched set at home.

Band looms will be dressed with beautiful bands that coordinate with our warps to be used as trimmings, loops, hangers, and straps.

There will be time to cut and sew your apron, including learning how to apply snaps, grommets and buttons covered with your own handwoven material. You will learn to machine hem your tablecloths, towels, runners, placemats, and napkins.

Theory & design sessions will expose you to the many possibilities just using one warp. Multiple setts, yarns, and tie-ups can each add their own variables. Even if there may not be time to weave all the different possibilities while you are here, you will go home with the knowledge and enthusiasm to explore this further. We will make color wrappings so you will take home a new design of your own.

Location: Water Street Studio

Prerequisites: Weaving experience recommended

Max enrollment: 8

Course fee: $700 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch all 4 days, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: 4-shaft warp, you choose the length: 6 meters for $70, 9 meters for $100, 12 meters for $125.

Room & board: $375 (includes 4 nights' lodging, 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners)

For more detail: See also costs & logistics, food & accommodations

Days offered: Four-day session, Tue–Fri

Schedule: Studio open 8:30–6:00, instruction time 9:00–noon and 2:00–5:00. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00.