Designing Awesome Warps

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

Instructors: Becky Ashenden & Eva Gaultney

Dates offered 2022: Oct 28 – Nov 4
Oct 24–28 (class full; waiting list only)

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

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

Max enrollment: 4

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

Materials fee: by weight

Room & board: We offer a variety of room & board plans with lodging in Farmhouse, Cabin, or Glamping Tent

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

Days offered: Five-day session, Monday–Friday

Schedule: Instruction time 9:00–noon and 1:30–4:30. Exceptions: on the last day, instruction ends at noon, and checkout must be completed by 3:00. Once a session begins, the Barn studio is available at all hours.