March 30, 2008 · 10:00 AM
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Weaving is a HUGE outlet for creativity and would take a week just to talk about the different types of weaving. It can be as straightforward as passing yarn over and under threads on a simple frame or as complex as creating elaborately patterned fabrics on a loom that looks like a pipe organ. The range and styles of weaving are boundless, and one of them is just right for you. For this class, we will focus on weaving without a loom. Most looms are fairly expensive so let's focus on what we can weave without spending a lot of money. If you decide you really like weaving and want to do more, we can talk about that at another time. You need four basic things to weave 1. A structure to hold the warp - in this class - a cardboard box. or - you can build you own loom. want to make a scarf? you could do this using a long, narrow piece of cardboard or 4 pieces of lumber nailed together in a rectangle. 2. Warp thread - The warp thread must be strong enough to withstand the tension and stress of weaving. On a floor loom, this is very important. On the cardboard loom we are using, it's not so important. Just bring a good strong yarn for the warp. 3. Weft material - ANYTHING! Yarn, raffia, crayons, cardboard, feathers, plastic bags, pens, pencils, fabric strips. Anything that you can stick into the warp will work. The alternating nature of the warp threads in the weaving process will keep everthing in place 4. Something to beat the weft together - Forks, fingers, combs - these can all be used as tools to beat the weft with. When I show you the process for weaving, you will understand why you need this To prepare for the class, you will need to bring: A cardboard box : the size of the box will determine the size of the tote bag/purse you are going to weave. If you want a big tote bag, bring a big box. If you want a small purse, bring a small box. If you want to weave a scarf, bring a long, long box. Or - a very long piece of cardboard. Or - you can build your own frame to be the size you want. Anything that will hold the warp structure will work. I will have various examples of different types of looms. Warp yarn: bring a sturdy yarn for the warp. Any kind of string, yarn, twine, strong yarn. This will not show in the finished product, so it does not have to be a part of the color scheme. Weft yarn: this is where all your design choices can be made. This is the yarn that will show. You can use anything you like. You don't want anything too bulky, though. See some suggestions above. Needle: a needle with an eye large enough to thread you weft material through. You can use a regular needle if you yarn is really small (I don't recommend very small yarn for your first project) or you can make one with a piece of cardboard or there are some needles used for knitting that have really large eyes. This is what we will use to make the weft go over & under the warp. Weft beater: (no, this is not one of those little white t-shirts) something to pack the weft with, a fork or a comb with large teeth. At the class I will pass out CDs with ideas for other types of weaving, how to build your own loom and ideas for you next weaving project. Also - on the meetup web site, I have uploaded a file that describes the process we are going to do. It is not necessary, but you can print this out and bring it to the meetup with you. The meeting will last until 4:00 PM. The meetup is limited to 10 people.