Designing Awesome Warps

Techniques for designing your own beautiful textiles
Project planning & calculating, warp winding tips & tricks

Instructor: Becky Ashenden

Special guests: Lisa Hill, Bettie Zakon-Anderson, Sara Jeanne Burke, Trish LaPointe

Dates offered 2020: Jan 27–31, Nov 9–13

Designing your own fabrics takes time and concentration. Imagine what you can accomplish in a full week dedicated to exploring patterns, colors, and textures in a group setting. We'll present specific designing techniques for several weave structures and materials, along with the calculations required to write up your project sheet. Winding warps on our warping mills will be explored in greater detail than we are able to offer in other programs, Students will go home with a treasure trove of designing tools and projects, ready to hit the loom.

Structures & forms

  • Stripes
  • Plaids
  • Block design
  • Monksbelt/Plattväv
  • Rosepath
  • Smålandsväv
  • Rep

Warp-mill techniques

  • Puddling & un-puddling
  • Winding with multiple ends
  • Multiple crosses in one pass
  • Half width and twice the length
  • Designing on the mill

Planning & calculating

  • Stripe proportioning
  • Project sheet details
  • Planning a border
  • Pre-sley calculation

Project possibilities

  • Yardage
  • Placemats
  • Napkins
  • Tablecloths
  • Blankets
  • Shawls
  • Runners
Designing Awesome Warps course

from inspiring supplies

Designing Awesome Warps course

to warp chains

Designing Awesome Warps course

from sample windings

Designing Awesome Warps course

to warping mill

Designing Awesome Warps course

plaids & blocks

Designing Awesome Warps course

designs galore

Location: Water Street Studio

Prerequisites: Vävstuga Basics (Why does everyone need Basics?)

Max enrollment: 10

Course fee: $850 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch Mon–Fri, dinner Thu)

Materials fee: by weight

Room & board: $450 (includes lodging Sun–Thu evenings, breakfast Mon–Fri, dinner Mon–Wed)

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

Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday

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.