(121) FULL ~ Exploring Parallel Threaded Weaves: Color, Structure, and Fun! Part 1 of 2

NOTE: This is a 1-day, 2-session class. Most parallel weaving structures are built on the concept of a “design line.” Once the student understands this concept, s/he can then build upon a design line to create an infinite variety of interesting weave structures. Students will learn how to create their own original parallel threaded designs, including both computer and manual drafting methods. We will explore the use of color to create interesting effects.

Structures will include shadow weave, rep weave, woven iridescence (aka “Corris” and “Jin”); regular double weave and integrated double weaves; turned taquete; and many more. All structures can be woven on 8 shafts and many of them can be created on 4 (with some limitations). We will start with two colors and then discuss how to expand the threading to include 4 or even more colors. We will also discuss the use of finer yarns, and how incorporating fine threads into the weaver’s toolbox can add greatly to the scope of possible weaving techniques.

Students weaving along at home will need to warp their chosen loom according to instructions provided prior to class.


X-Deborah Lawson

Experience Level:


Class Length:

One-day Class

Class Day/Time:

Friday Morning

Maximum Class Size:


Student Supplies:

  • Graph paper and pencils OR laptop computer with Fiberworks PCW or another weaving software program
  • Table or other loom (8 shafts preferred) if weaving along at home.