(101) FULL ~ Weaving I: Efficient Warping

Weaving 101-104 are generously sponsored by Central Virginia Fiberarts Guild.
This class is for anyone who wants to learn to weave or for those who want to improve their warping skills. Good cloth starts with a good warp and step one is knowing how to wind a warp so it goes onto the loom smoothly and evenly. We’ll go over terminology, calculating warp needs, choosing materials, and using a warping board to wind the warp. Students can take this as a stand-alone class or in conjunction with Weaving 102, 103, and 104 for the complete Introduction to Weaving content.

We are grateful to our Class Sponsor:

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Laurie Duxbury

Experience Level:

Open to All

Class Length:

Two-hour Class

Class Day/Time:

Saturday Morning

Maximum Class Size:


Student Supplies:

If students want to work through the course content, they will need:

  • Warping Board.
  • Two half-pound cones of Harrisville Design Highland wool, one cone each, in two contrasting colors. One cone will be used as warp and one as weft. Please make sure yarn is on a cone and not in skein form. Balls are okay as long as you have a container to hold the ball and keep it from rolling around the floor as the yarn unwinds.
  • 8/4 carpet warp or crochet cotton of contrasting color to your warp, about 10 yds.
  • Four-shaft loom with an 8-inch weaving width. Table or floor looms will work.
  • A reed to fit the loom 8, 10 or 12 dents/inch.
  • Raddle with clamp(s) for attaching the raddle to the loom. A raddle is a piece of equipment that goes on the back beam of your loom and has pegs or nails at one-inch intervals (or less). If you have any questions about this, contact me.
  • Rubber bands of standard diameter to slip over raddle pegs
  • A pair of lease sticks with a shoelace for each end (Lease sticks should be as long as your loom is wide. They should have holes drilled in each end. They can either be round, like a dowel, or rectangular. If you don’t have lease sticks and are unsure about what they are, contact me.)
  • Paper or warp sticks for separating the layers of warp as the warp is wound onto the warp beam. It/they should be at least 12″ wide. Paper should be as heavy as paper grocery bag paper. In fact, paper grocery bags cut to fit this width work well.
  • Reed hook.
  • Threading hook if you use one.
  • At least one shuttle. It can be a boat shuttle or a stick shuttle. You may want extra bobbins for a boat shuttle.
  • Bobbin winder if you have a boat shuttle.
  • Yardstick.
  • Scissors, tapestry needle, tape measure
  • Note-taking supplies.