Boulder JCC Launches New Weaving Program with Three-Part Workshop Series

Woven pieces attract our curiosity, and we wonder about the process that creates them, with their seemingly endless variety of patterns. We may for a moment consider the possibility of taking on weaving as a new hobby. Yet relatively few of us ever sit down at a loom with a strand of yarn in our hands.

Boulder JCC is excited to offer a special opportunity for you to become an amateur weaver or refine your technique!  In the next few weeks, we will be presenting three separate series of multi-session workshops. Yarn is included in the kit fee, as is a loom, which can be taken home during the session so that you can complete your project. The looms are being provided through the generosity of the Schacht Spindle Co – a company that’s just down the street from the JCC and which has been making beautiful wooden looms for over 50 years!

Sara Goldenberg White

Workshops will be led by Sara Goldenberg White, who has been teaching weaving along the Front Range for over a decade. Her passion for weaving and teaching started during her graduate study at Colorado State University. She teaches a variety of fiber techniques but sharing her love of weaving with others is one of her greatest joys. Sara coauthored Simple Woven Garments: 20+ Projects to Weave and Wear with Jane Patrick. Sara also has a lively fine arts practice and has exhibited her work at museums and galleries throughout the country. Sara enjoys the balance of creating her own work and sharing her love of weaving in the classroom. She looks forward to seeing you there!

We will be starting with these three classes, Rigid Heddle I, Clasped Warp, and Color & Weave, and we plan to expand our offering in 2022, depending on demand. These weaving workshops are open to all levels and there are no prerequisites required.

Weaving Workshop – Rigid Heddle I

Tuesdays, October 5, 12, and 19, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

If you have ever been curious about learning how to weave this is the class for you! The rigid heddle loom is a compact yet powerful loom. It gets its name from the ingenious rigid-heddle that enables the weaver to easily lift and lower the warp, making this type of loom the perfect blend of functionality and simplicity.

In class, students will learn the basics of weaving, including loom setup, weaving terminology, how to read a rigid heddle weaving draft, and, of course, how to weave! Students will create a woven sampler, using a plain weave as well as a variety of different patterns using a pick-up stick.

Example of rigid heddle weaving

The yarn is included in the kit fee and the looms will be provided without charge by Schacht Spindle Co. Looms can be taken home during the session to complete your project.

The registration fee is $196, which includes the kit fee. Cancellations are allowed 72 hours in advance of the class start date.

Please REGISTER HERE

Weaving Workshop – Color and Weave

Tuesdays, November 2 and 9, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

In this project-based class, students will weave a scarf while learning to make a variety of patterns by changing how color is used in the warp and weft. This class will also go over new warping techniques that allow for easy color shifts! Creating patterns with color unlocks endless weaving possibilities, pushing your weaving to the next level.

Example of color and weave patterns

The yarn is included in the kit fee and the looms will be provided by Schacht Spindle Co. Looms can be taken home during the session to complete your project.

The registration fee is $157, which includes the $37 kit fee. Cancellations are allowed 72 hours in advance of the class start date.

Please REGISTER HERE

Weaving Workshop – Clasped Warp

Tuesday, December 7 and 14, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Learn how to create brand new patterns on your rigid heddle loom by shifting color in your warp during the warping process! This technique opens the door to a large variety of new patterns in your weaving, bringing an organic element to the structure of weaving. Create a beautiful soft scarf with Sun Valley’s amazing merino and cashmere blend yarn. In class, we will also cover a variety of fringe finishing techniques as well as how to best show off your final piece.

Example of clasped warp weaving

The yarn is included in the kit fee and the looms will be provided by Schacht Spindle Co. Looms can be taken home during the session to complete your project.

The registration fee is $197, which includes the $77 kit fee. Cancellations are allowed 72 hours in advance of the class start date

Please REGISTER HERE

Note that we are offering three different multi-session workshops, all of which can be accessed from the link above. These are Rigid Heddle I, Clasped Warp, and Color & Weave.

To make our programs accessible to all, we are happy to assist anyone with a financial need. Please contact Jodi Zicklin at jodi@boulderjcc.org

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