Group Programs

Entertain your group with both the magic and fascinating history of weaving.

Relax with a 30 minute historical presentation of the weaving topic of your choice, followed by a 1 hour weaving experience sure to be a team builder.

Perfect for groups who need to try something new and different for growth. Program can be customized for length and hands on activity.

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The six dollar loom – Introduction to Weaving Project

Six Dollar Loom

Have you wondered how you could construct enough DIY looms that were affordable for a group students to use?

I have the answer for you, try my six dollar loom. It can be constructed out of parts found at a local hardware store and does not require fancy tools to assemble. It is adjustable, transportable and able to be disassembled flat for storage.

I designed this loom this year for a weaving class at the local library, I was able to produce 20 units for $120 in parts. The hardware parts are also available in bulk from McMaster-Carr allowing you to save even more money if you happen to need even more.

It is as sturdy as a Hockett loom, it is also flexible in that you can easily modify the sett for weaving. My instructions include suggestions for the threads to be used for your very first project.

I will be using this loom design to develop more weaving lessons to be used in the classroom.

The first project is a bookmark, that is expected to take 30-60 minutes to weave in a classroom of new weavers.

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Your purchase helps to fund the cost of hosting these plans and helps to keep weaving accessible to the next generation of weavers.

 

 

Shuttle Craft Book of American Hand-Weaving – Research Project

Product DetailsAs a research project – decided that I would like to look at one of our core books for learning about weaving and see if I could add information to bring the text into the digital age. Work completed so far, includes finding digital copies of the images in color, and creating .wif files of some of the draft collections in the book.

In the early editions there is a bibliography that will also prove interesting to research to see who her influencers were.

I have decided to publish my research as I go so that I can share with others and get feedback.

For copyright folks – I believe that my work not a violation of copyright as I am acknowledging my source of reference, and it is in the public domain at this point in time. My intention is that of historic research, to help fill the gaps between when the book was written and today, hoping to keep the information accessible to future generations.

None of the drafts are copyrighted, as they are what Mary would have called them “recipes”. What is copyrighted are the hand drawings and the words in the book. The knowledge a weaver will have to apply to using the drafts is; do they fit my idea for a project and the capability of my loom? I have simply bundled them into groups to match the layout in the book for ease of reference

Fees collected for downloads fund research and hosting of these files.

American Handweaving – Updated Photo Links

American Handweaving Series 1 Group B .wif files

American Handweaving Series I group B 8-13 .wif files

Jennifer’s Draft Number #2

Jennifer wrote to me and asked me about this draft she had found in a file. She was not familiar with this particular draft and wanted to learn more about it. My first step was to look at the blocks – the areas separated by the long lines. Most of the sections have 4 lines in them in two rows. It appears that this draft is on four shafts. Likely it is an overshot draft.

I looked at the sequence of the blocks, reading from the right to the left,  A block has lines on shaft 2 and shaft 4, B block has lines on shaft 2 and 3, C block has lines on shaft 1 and 3, D block has lines on shaft 1 and shaft 4. Looking through the rest of the draft the are no other combinations of lines. Our Draft has 4 blocks. I then could label the blocks on a piece of paper

I then wrote the draft out in my notebook, matching the lines and the threads by the block I identified.

I then translated this into a profile draft by substituting  the A Block for shaft 1, the B Block for shaft 2, the C Block for Shaft 3 and the D Block for shaft 4. Because some of the blocks had 4 threads and some only 2. I decided to use two threads to represent the four thread blocks, and one thread for the half block. I treated the 3 thread block as a two thread block for the profile.

I set the tie up to ABCD, to match the blocks.

I then selected tromp as writ, and colored the warp a contrasting color to make the design appear.

While I was entering the draft into the iWeaveit program, I noticed that some of the draft was not even (balanced) I adjusted the draft to make it even.

I had found one place where the draft did not move sequentially through the blocks. Usually overshot moves in a circular fashion through the blocks, jumping blocks can cause long floats to appear. You can see the area on the on the bottom line towards the left edge the block moved from D to B and back to D again. This is in one of the short blocks. This is not the way the other side of the block is, and so I adjusted it to match the beginning of the block sequence.

At this point you can not weave the pattern, but you have a fairly good idea of what the design will look like when woven.

The blocks in the threading move gracefully from left to right and the designed when woven will have that characteristic of a 45 degree diagonal line from bottom right to top left.

When this design is woven it will need to have a border and a number of repeats to match the size of the fabric desired. To repeat the design you would start from the top right of the threading and enter that sequence after the last thread on shaft 4 in the draft.

At this point, you are missing the threads for the ground cloth. The tabby weave.

To weave this pattern I will need to decide what structure it is, and then change the draft to have that threading arrangement.  I will show you how I do this in the next blog update.

 

This is a quick look at the profile draft as it is repeated.

There are tables (the big blocks) and smaller blocks in the middle. The pattern will look like the checkerboard you see, to prevent long floats.

I am sure this pattern can have variations. This is a sample of what it would look like if it remained symmetrical.

 

 

 

Studio Weekend for August

Still working with the 6 block sample idea. I have an existing sample of a special treadling that I used with the diversified format. In my last sample shown here, I am still not satisfied with the look of the whites treads. I have worked through the draft again and now am ready to wind another sample warp to test out my theory on the loom. Stay tuned for further updates through the weekend.

I have spent my morning working on the historicweaving.com website and I believe that I have the resources page looking and working much better than before. It was a bit of work, but I feel ready to move forward now.

Afternoon update: Any good warp even a sample, requires planning and mine is no exception.
I decided to get a bit more formal in the arrangement of the blocks so that it looks more finished when I am done weaving. Now to wind the warp and get started.

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Vision Board for Angstadt 164

Today was a fun sick day. I woke up not feeling well (cough,cough) and knew that going out was not going to happen. My next stop was the computer where I decided to play with the design that I shared with you last week.

My goal, to turn the draft into a welsh tapestry design. I think I did pretty well. My best news of the day, it is possible for you to order this design as a throw in a few weeks. I have made contact with a company that allows me to create a design and they will weave it on their Jacquard loom. I am in wonderment!

It has taken me a couple of tries to get the hang of how to set up the files so their system will run them.  I can’t wait to order my first samples and see how they turn out.

The website is WOVNS.  Brand new — only six months old.

I completed a whole vision board today. You might want to take a look — it is a pdf file. Vision Board – Angstadt 164 Should you be interested in these designs for some of your projects please let me know by email.

 

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Angstadt 6 Block Double Weave

This is a scarf that I wove in double weave on my 24 shaft AVL loom 11 years ago. It was woven in burgundy and white cotton.

I hand knotted the fringes and beaded it. I believe that I gifted this it was not sold. If you have it please send me a photo of you with it.

Here is the image of the draft I used.  I was using WeavePoint at the time, and I can now no longer open the draft file.

I will post it here for someone who has WeavePoint, perhaps you can turn it into a .WIF file for me.

The source of my profile was the Jacob Angstadt Designs – Figure 164

My current weaving software is WeaveMaker. I am using a MAC system.

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Purple Star Square I for 2016

What makes this piece special is that I used many ancient motifs to create a  modern miniature coverlet looking image.

I borrowed an overshot window pane for the borders edge, placed a star  in the center.  I then encircled it with hearts. I also used a twill structure to add interest to the hearts.

All in a 6 inch space. It took several attempts to achieve a “square” look to the piece and here you see the end result.

The time to weave this piece was over 8 hours. I had to work slowly and carefully to ensure that I did not make a mistake when pulling the pattern shafts. This is one of the most complex designs in the Opphamta series of images.

 

 

 

 

I am very happy with the historic feel of this new design.

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Red Heart I – 2016

Red Heart I for 2016

A petite sweet gift that will fit anywhere and let that special someone know they are loved whenever they look at it.

This is the first in a planned series of red heart images. Hearts are special to me, for love, and because they are part of my name.

This piece took more than 4 hours to weave, it needed to be repeated a second time with a different weft thread combination to get it to weave squarely. The heathered look is caused by the fact that it was woven with four threads of different colors.

It was woven on a drawloom, threaded with 30/2 cotton with a sett of 48 ends per inch.

 

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Irish Shamrock I -2016

I wanted a piece that would be green and have a Celtic feel. What better to convey this than a Shamrock?

The background is filled with leaves.

The design is a marriage of motifs, large leaves and the darker outer border of leaves.

This piece took more than 10 hours to weave and I was very pleased with the design as it was forming on the loom. It looks like a fine lace from a distance.

It was woven on a drawloom, threaded with 30/2 cotton with a sett of 48 ends per inch.

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Welcome

Let us begin our travel through time together.

I have a passion for weaving, and the history that surrounds the art form. Yes, I did call it art, because for me that is what I am making, Fine Art.

This website is designed primarily to share information that I have gathered about weaving in my weaving career.  It is intended to be a compendium of information about equipment, design, structures, projects as well as lessons I have learned along the way.

My passion involves studying weaving as it was done between 1600 – 1865 in both Europe and the United States.  I will admit I am not a purist, everything that I produce is not an attempt to produce a museum quality reproduction of a fabric that I studied. I like to work like most modern musicians, study the classics, and then develop my own design using materials available to me.

The loom you see here is Queen Esmeralda, she sits in my living room, and I began weaving pictures on her in 2016.  She is the size of a 150 Ford pickup truck, and may be the most complex loom that you will find in the state of Montana. As you look her over you will discover there are no computers or power cords. She is a hand loom in the truest sense of the word.

How I hope you will use this site:

In the Design tab I will discuss how I design my weaving projects.

In the History tab will be information and links to stories about looms, weaver and their histories.

The Looms tab, you will find information about looms both new and old.

Open the Techniques tab, and you will see how a design evolves and what processes are used to move it forward.

The Resources tab contains a searchable database with links to textbooks, articles and projects that you can use. What make this database special is that it will show you where to acquire the materials, either through purchase or a local library. This is where most of my research will be made available for others to use. You can use words to describe the structure, the loom or the weaver and search for materials that contain that reference.

From the Weaving Ideas tab you will learn where do weave get their ideas? How do they change from first glimpse to final project?

Weaving Instruction tab is where to find the teachers and classes that will help you to be a better weaver.

In the Drafts tab, is a visual library of weaving drafts arranged by number of shafts needed to weave them.

The About Me tab is where you will find my artist statement and contact information.

Current Projects:

100 Loom Tour – click on link to find out more.

Disclaimers (the fine print):

When I discuss equipment, and how it can be used I am not attempting to be the ultimate historical resource, there are many in the academic community that are better at this pursuit than I am. My intent to give the viewer an idea of the type of equipment and its basic construction. I may make use of images in the public domain in an effort to place images in a context that the viewer can relate to.

Regarding copyright, it is not my intent to reproduce any printed or digital copyrighted material other than to explain to a viewer how best to acquire these materials. I will use links where possible to digital works to give credit to their proper

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The Three Heart Tree for 2016

Three Heart TreeA new design for the 2016 holiday season.

What made this project special is that I wanted to include my signature 3 heart logo in this tree.

I also used this as one of my first efforts at polychrome Opphamta weaving. I used small cardboard pieces as bobbins.

This piece took more than 8 hours to weave, while it is small 3″ x 3″; there was a lot of a hand work to be done to complete the image. At one point there were 21 bobbins in play.

It was woven on a drawloom, threaded with 30/2 cotton with a sett of 48 ends per inch.

Image of drawloom that is used to weave three heart Tree

Image of the drawloom while the piece three heart tree is being woven

As you a see from the draft image, I have made special adaptions to my drawloom to make it easier for me to weave complicated designs.

This design requires 31 draw shafts to weave.

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