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We are very excited to have three master weavers who will be offering classes on our cruise as well as our own Wendy Cappetta and Patti Jacobson.  Here is what each of them will be teaching.  Please click here to pay your  class registration fee.  You will then receive an email with specific class selection information.

Cocktail Napkin/Coaster Set – Liz Gipson


Students will be given a crash course in weaving for the home while creating a small cocktail napkin and oversized coaster set. We will explore designing stripes and blocks, warp doubled ends using a fine cotton/linen blend, learn the simple and powerful technique of weaving thick and thin, and delve into finishing techniques including hemming and off loom beyond-the-knot techniques. All these teachables can be scaled up to create full sized placemats, runners, napkins, and towels.

 

Woven Jacket, Vest, or Ruana - Deborah Jarchow


If you’ve made scarves, shawls, table runners and other rectangular projects, you might be wondering how to make a garment out of your handwoven fabric.  Learn how to make a ruana, vest, or jacket that are variations on one basic design and woven on a 15” wide loom.  

 

During the first session, we’ll discuss sizing and planning your garment.  Deborah has already sampled with the suggested yarns so your garment planning will include proper shrinkage and take up calculations.  We will go through the steps for figuring out how much fabric you need to weave and you’ll be ready to warp your loom and get started on your project.

 

In the second session, we'll discuss assembling the garment.  Deborah will demonstrate how to create the various styles from your woven fabric.  We'll chat about options for long, short or no sleeves, fringed or plain sides, and how to seam your pieces together.  Join this opportunity to see how weaving plain weave fabric can make a spectacular piece of wearable art!

 

Pin Loom Weaving 101 – Deb Essen

Learn how to weave on a pin loom using Schact’s Zoom Loom. We’ll start with warping and weaving a square on the pin looms. Then we’ll move on to using different colors of yarn in the same square, using textured yarns, and creating plaids.

 

Pin Loom Weaving 102 – Deb Essen

Learn how to create pick-up designs by weaving float patterns in the squares. We’ll create three different patterns and then learn how to design your own patterns! We’ll also learn how to weave your squares on the bias! Handouts included for weaving the pick-up patterns for you to take home.

 

Creating three dimensional projects with Pin Loom Squares – Deb Essen

Once you’ve made your squares, what to do with them? Scarves, shawls, placemats, even hats and mittens are all possible as well as making three dimensional objects like stuffed animals. Learn to make the different shapes to create 3-D objects by making a Christmas Ornament to take home for your tree.

 

Card Weaving 101 – Deb Essen

Card weaving is an ancient craft for making bands in an incredible array of designs simply with a set of cards with holes in them. Sound amazing? Come find out the fun you can have with a loom that fits in your purse. We’ll cover the basics of reading a card weaving draft, threading the cards and weaving a narrow band.

 

Introduction to Weaving – Patti Jacobson/Wendy Cappetta

In this introductory class we will explore the fundamentals of how to set up and use a Rigid Heddle Loom:  winding a warp; dressing the loom and weaving a finished piece.  Students will learn the basics of plain weave structure by creating a scarf/cowl.

 

Brook’s Bouquet – Patti Jacobson/Wendy Cappetta

Brooks Bouquet involves wrapping a weft yarn around bundles of warp threads on an open shed to tie them together like bouquets of flowers.

Leno Lace – Patti Jacobson/Wendy Cappetta

The Leno stitch creates a lace-like structure.  It is made by twisting warp threads around each other before the weft is inserted.  The crossed warp threads create holes that produce a lace effect. 

 

Mixed Media Scarf/Shawl – Patti Jacobson

Weaving with a mixture of novelty yarns such as ribbon, fur, ladder, textures and various fibers weights, you can create a stunning scarf or shawl. A great technique to learn to enable you to use up your stash when you get back home.

Hemstitching – Patti Jacobson/Wendy Cappetta

You will learn various techniques for creating interesting hemstitching patterns.  Hemstitching is a technique used to secure the first and last weft picks of your woven cloth.  It is used to prevent raveling at the beginning and end of a piece.  In addition to forming an edge finish that doesn't add bulk to the end of a fabric, hemstitching is quite useful for creating spaces or a lace-like effects.

 

Danish Medallions – Patti Jacobson/Wendy Cappetta

A finger-controlled technique where sections of warp and weft are grouped together to create a pattern.  This weave structure uses additional weft to draw the fabric up into medallion shapes and can be used to create flowers, stars, etc.