Wind, Warp, Weave: Floor Loom Basic ・ Amanda Thatch・ Fibers ・ Weaving
In this workshop we will learn all the skills needed to create cloth on a floor loom. We will discuss color, yarn qualities, and the planning stages for a piece of weaving. Students will learn to read a weave draft, wind a warp, thread the loom, and throw a shuttle. We will start with short warps and simple patterns, but move quickly to more personal designs. At each step we will discuss different methods (such as warping back-to-front or front-to-back) and share with each other tips and tricks to make our time at the loom efficient and enjoyable. All levels, and especially geared toward beginners; students with experience can work with guidance on more complex structures.
Amanda Thatch is currently an MFA candidate in Design Studies at the University of Wisconsin. She was previously the Textile Studio Coordinator at Penland School of Crafts. She has taught weaving, natural dye, and bookbinding workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Warren Wilson College, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.