Corona Virus has caused the class schedule to be altered somewhat. The classes that I had offered with outside instructors have been canceled for the time being, but the classes I have listed here, that are taught by myself will resume as of July 1, 2020.
These include – Intro to Weaving, Beginning Weaving, Weaving a Scottish Wedding Blanket and the Study Group for the Homer Collection.
Students who have completed the Beginning Weaving 5-day course will be eligible to come and study the subject of their choice when ever the school is in session.
Introduction to Weaving
This one – day course will introduce the new student to a pre-warped loom, ready to weave a 2 ft. x 3 ft. rag rug. The student will become familiar with the process of treadling and throwing the shuttle as well as weave structure, warp and weft and finishing off their finished rug.
Fee: $ 80.00 + materials
Saturday – March 7 9a.m. – 4 p.m.
This class will also be available the first Saturday of each month starting in March ( 7/4, 8/1, 9/5, 10/3, 11/7 )
Beginning Weaving Wool Rug 3 – Day Course
This 3-day class will teach the student everything needed to set up the loom for weaving a 2ft. x 3ft. wool, weft – faced rug. Measuring the warp, beaming it on, threading the heddles, sleying the reed and tying on will all be done by the students for hands – on experience.
Fee $ 80.00/day + materials
Friday March 20 – Sunday March 22. (This class will be available – 7/17 – 19, 8/21 – 23, 9/18 – 20, 10/16 – 18 )
Scottish Wedding Blanket 5 – Day Course
This 5 – day class is a prerequisite for any student who wishes to return to Old School Wool and Weaving to study the subject of their choice whenever the school is in session.
This class will also cover setting up the loom and preparing to weave a Scottish Wedding Blanket. This approximately 40 ” x 60 throw blanket will be done with a closer sett and finer threads than the 3 – day class and will help familiarize the student with more complex set up and weaving with a barn loom.
Fee $ 80.00/day + materials – (7/13 – 17), (8/17 – 21), (9/14-18), (10/12 – 16), (11/ 9 – 13 )
Monthly Study Group featuring the Homer Collection
March 2020 – October 2020
This series of classes will meet once a month for 8 months, to research and reverse engineer 8 surviving swatches of 19th century cloth found in the collection of Homer Historic Center, Homer, N.Y.
On loan to Old School Wool and Weaving Center, each swatch was reported to have been hand woven by a local family of weavers and created for the purpose of making shirts and dresses.
Using linen tester, microscopes and magnifying glasses we will endeavor to determine the type of fiber used in each swatch, the number of plies, direction of twist, grist, sett, weave structure and type of dye, number of harnesses and whatever else we can uncover as we scrutinize each cloth piece.
After each class, each student will go home and create a sample based on the information we gleaned, and bring their sample for show-and-tell the following month.
We will also learn a bit about the rich woolen industry that dominated the town of Homer and Cortlandville during the 19th century and how it shaped the area economically as well as historically.
It is hoped that each participant will choose to work through all 8 samples during the coming year, but it is possible to choose to do only one, several or all.
Fee per class is $35 plus a one-time fee for a linen tester.
Class 1 – March 14 9 – 1 p.m.
7/11, 8/8, 9/12, 10/10 )
Magnifying glasses and microscopes will also be available for an additional charge.
Classes require pre-registration and a non-refundable deposit of $100.00. Cash, check, Paypal Accepted.
The following have been canceled due to Corona Virus.
GUEST INSTRUCTORS FOR 2020
LOOM MECHANICS with Justin Squizzero from Marshfield School of Weaving and The Burroughs Garret in Vermont
Mastery of tools is essential to any craftsman or artist, and weaving is no exception. In this workshop students will gain in-depth knowledge of the factors at play in four-post looms, how those attributes affect the woven goods, and how to select and manipulate the loom to produce the desired results. We will discuss shedding mechanisms and make hands on comparisons weaving the same warp on two different looms. Shuttles, temples, warp lines, harness, ratchets and everything else we use to weave will be addressed, so bring your questions!
Two day class – Saturday and Sunday April 18th and 19th
Fee: $250 per person with a non-refundable $100 deposit due at time of registration
Introduction to Great Wheel Spinning with Tracy Sayre
Saturday – April 25th – 9 a.m – 3 p.m.
Bring your great wheel or use one of ours. You’ll get a comprehensive class on how to use it!
Especially useful for the beginner or those who are not yet confident of their one-handed long draw skills. Tracy is a returning instructor and also offers classes at Home Textile Museum in Pa. She does an excellent job of covering all the basics, answering question and building confidence. When you leave this class you will have a better understanding of the great wheel and some meaningful hands – on experience.
Fee: $80 per person Pre-registration required and a non-refundable deposit of $25 due at time of registration. Cash, check, PayPal accepted.
You can register here through the contact form.