This class is for weavers who have discovered and /or upgraded to an eight-shaft loom. As twills are the foundation for many multi-shaft weave structures, we will weave a gamp (sampler) that includes straight twills, point twills, broken twills, undulating twills, corkscrew twills, fancy twills, and others. We will discuss the structure of each of these basic weaves, do drawdowns, and learn how to alter the appearance of a cloth by changing the tie-up and treadling sequences. Your gamp will serve as a library of twill weaves that can be referred back to many times. Weaving will be done outside of class. Please note: The weave structures taught in this class are meant to be worked on 8-shaft looms. They cannot be woven on 4-shaft or rigid heddle looms.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Prerequisite: Must have the ability to wind a warp, dress a loom, and read a draft
Instructor: Carol Birtwistle
Date: Saturdays, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15; 2017
- Mercerized cotton; dark for warp and light for weft. There needs to be a strong contrast between the two colors.
- Graph paper (preferably 6-8 squares to the inch, downloadable from the internet)
- Note-taking material
Between the 1st and 2nd class, you'll be expected to wind your warp, dress your loom, and begin weaving. Between the 2nd and 3rd class, you will complete the weaving and finishing so you can bring your gamp to the last class where each class member will plan a project of his/her own choosing using the gamp as a resource.
Note: If you are purchasing more than one unit of the same class, please call customer service with that person's name and information.