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Learn to Weave on a Four Shaft Loom: June 7 - July 5, 2022


Ali Hurlburt & Kim McCollum


This workshop takes place over five consecutive Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm

June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5.

About this Workshop: 

In this five week course participants will learn how to weave on a four shaft loom. Each participant will create a weaving sampler and a full scarf trying out a variety of four shaft patterns. 

WORKSHOPS EXTRA: This 5-week workshop also includes our Learn To Weave on a Four Shaft Loom Online Course. You'll have all the information from the workshop at your fingertips when you go home! 

We will be covering the following techniques:

  • An introduction to weaving history and theory
  • How to choose fibers for warp and weft 
  • How to decide on an appropriate density of your cloth by choosing your sett 
  • How to calculate fiber needs for both warp and weft how to make a warp
  • How to dress a 4 shaft loom
  • How to read a weaving draft (pattern)
  • How to weave several different weave structures, including plain weave, twill, zigzag twill, and basketweave
  • How to remove your project from the loom
  • Tips and tricks to weave well 
  • How to fix common problems 
  • How to complete your project when the cloth is off the loom.

Workshop Materials & Equipment: 

  • Detailed handout with workshop information provided
  • All sampler materials are included for this workshop
  • Participants can choose to use their own loom or use a studio loom 

About the Instructors:

Ali Hurlburt is a handweaver and weaving instructor who only feels truly relaxed when sitting at a loom. At Gather she is the expert in rigid heddle looms: small, simple looms with lots of potential. She also teaches four shaft weaving and writes content for the Gather blog, troubleshooting series, and online learning. She sells her weaving under the name Booj Wovens, as well as exploring sacred weaving and inter-faith textile projects. She is passionate about welcoming new weavers to the craft and about bringing weaving into community spaces.

Kim McCollum is a Master Weaver and co-owner of Gather Textiles. There are many strands to her weaving practice. As a workshop instructor, she has taught hundreds of new weavers how to create cloth and design woven pieces. She has travelled to Morocco, India, and across the United States and Canada to learn about and teach weaving. Kim is also a working visual artist who earned an MFA from the University of Alberta in 2020. Her paintings and textile art explore the intersection of craft traditions and contemporary art through the structure of the grid. As a designer, she leads Gather’s pattern development and creative direction. Kim is constantly on the lookout for ways to grow communities around craft. Through workshops, collaborations, talks, shows, and gatherings, she builds connections between crafters and helps energize the local art and craft scenes. 


No experience is necessary. 


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PLEASE NOTE: It is important to us to keep you all safe! Participants may be required to wear a mask for the duration of the workshop according to government guidelines. Please do not come to your workshop if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling unwell. In order to provide high quality workshops, our Workshop Policies remain the same even though last minute cancellations may be more likely due to the health crisis. We are not able to refund workshops. We are able to provide a store credit for workshops cancelled with 72 hrs notice. We are not able to provide a refund or store credit for cancellations with less than 72 hrs notice, even for participants who are feeling unwell. Thank you for your understanding.


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