BACKSTRAP LOOM WEAVING 9.30.17 & 10.1.17

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BACKSTRAP LOOM WEAVING 9.30.17 & 10.1.17

195.00

With backstrap weaving, the weaver is the loom, creating and controlling the warp through body movement. The first day will introduce the mechanics of warp management and optional pick-up pattern making. Students will begin in the manner of young weavers in the Andes, training their bodies and hands on a pre-warped narrow band.  Through demonstration and interaction with the instructor, students will be guided in accordance with their ability: some may continue with plain weave while others learn to pick up a pattern.  On the second day, we will warp for a wider, plain-weave band, which will eventually become a handwoven backstrap!  By winding a warp, making string heddles, and learning to use a stick shuttle, students will acquire the basic skills needed to continue weaving on their own. The class will include cultural information and samples of backstrap woven cloth from different parts of the world. We will talk about tool making and alternatives for acquiring the necessary materials for backstrap weaving.  No previous weaving experience necessary for this 2-day workshop.  

Sat September 30 & Sun Oct 1 :: Beckett Point :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages 18+ or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $180+$15 material fee :: Instructor Tracy Hudson

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