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Carve & Weave with a Nordic-Style Rigid Heddle Loom

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This class runs Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, 10 am–5 pm both days.

Create a useful small rigid heddle loom and spend a day learning how to use this loom for weaving repp-style bands in this two-day class with Swedish textile artist and woodworker Kerstin Neumüller. On the first day, students will learn about the steps of making a small Nordic style rigid heddle loom, from choosing wood to carefully cutting out the sheds. Each student will carve their very own heddle, no previous woodworking skills necessary, although if time and skill allow, students may add fanciful details inspired by Kerstin’s designs. On the second day, students will return to learn about repp bands, a traditional style of woven band in which warp threads tightly cover the weft threads. Through demonstration and practice, the class will explore their history and use, and how to create patterns through color. Students will practice setting up their looms and start weaving a repp band, with continued discussion of these loom’s many uses and possibilities throughout the rest of the day.

This class welcomes students of all levels, although it is helpful to have past woodworking or weaving experience. All tools and materials are provided by Kerstin from Sweden, and a $75 materials fee is included in class tuition.