BACKSTRAP LOOM WEAVING 9.29.18 - 9.30-18

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BACKSTRAP LOOM WEAVING 9.29.18 - 9.30-18

195.00

Many indigenous peoples, on nearly all continents, developed some form of backstrap loom weaving. World traveller and textile artist Tracy Hudson will share images and diverse cloth examples from her personal research on the subject, and guide students through warping and weaving their own backstrap weaving band. Students will come home with all parts and pieces needed to weave their next project.

With backstrap weaving, the weaver is the loom, creating and controlling the warp through body movement. The first day of this introductory weekend will cover 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.  On the second day, we will warp for a wider, plain-weave band, which can be used as 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 is necessary for this 2-day workshop.  

September 29th & 30th :: Beckett Point :: 9 am- 4 pm :: Ages 18+ or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $180 + $15 material fee :: Instructor Tracy Hudson

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