Handwoven Top Weave+Sew ONLINE: September 17-October 22, 2023


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Instructor: Angela Kelly

In this online workshop, you will create your very own handwoven top from start to finish. First, we have a consultation Zoom call to help curate your custom kit. Our studio has woven several samples to show you in different fibers. This consult will allow us to ship you the appropriate materials to weave your yardage.

Material kits, patterns, and information will then be mailed to you. From this, you can start warping if you'd like (the warp is b!), but we will do more instruction on our first day if you need some help. You'll have two weeks to finish your woven yardage. Make sure you schedule some quality time with your loom!  

Your hand-weaving will be used to sew your garment. We have two pattern choices available from Elizabeth Suzanne Studio. 

The Georgia Tea is a flowy top with cuff style sleeves done in a looser handwoven.  This top is loose, comfortable and can be dressed up or down.  

The Harper Tunic is also flowy with long sleeves.

*Please note in the order comments which design you want so we are prepared for your kit consult call! 

Is this course a good fit for me?

This class is great if you’ve sewn before, or have beginner skills. If you’ve never used a machine or done a project, you should take an adult beginner class first. You should be comfortable threading and using the sewing machine, know what seam allowances are, and be able to problem-solve minor issues that come up.
For weaving, this is considered an intermediate project. You should be comfortable warping and weaving on your loom. We do not cover the basics of how to weave in this course.  

Skills Covered

  • Tips and tricks to weave fabric¬†for garment sewing
  • How to wash handwoven¬†yardage for sewing
  • Calculating¬†yardage for your shirt
  • How to¬†combine handwoven fabric with machine made fabric
  • How to follow¬†a basic pattern and troubleshoot common problems with sewing handwoven cloth.¬†

To join, you will need access to or have the following:

  • 4 Shaft loom (table or floor loom works)¬†
    * Weaving width of 20" - This means your shirt will have panels of weaving sewn together to make fabric. 
    * Weaving width of 32" + you will be able to use your fabric as is. 
  • Sewing machine¬†
  • Internet access for Zoom.¬†

Warp kits, patterns, and information will ship out by September 10, 2023.
We will set up zoom calls for a kit consult to tailor a kit for each participant. The warp is 100% cotton and we have samples to show you of different weft fibers. In this call we will also walk you through the course outline and answer any prior questions you may have! 

This workshop has an additional shipping cost added to cover shipping to where you live. 

Local pick-up is available as well. Please note the kit includes approximately 10 lbs of yarn, a pattern, and an information booklet. 


Day 1: Sunday September 17, 2023

9:00AM - 11:00AM MST (Mountain Standard Time) 
Introductions, warping and weaving instructions. 

Day 2: Sunday October 1, 2023
9:00AM - 10:00AM MST (Mountain Standard Time) 
Weaving check-in.

Day 3: Sunday October 8, 2023

9:00AM - 10:00AM MST (Mountain Standard Time) 
Weaving check-in and wet finishing your cloth. 

Day 4: Sunday October 22, 2023
9:00AM - 2:00PM 
MST (Mountain Standard Time)

Cut and sew. Working with your cloth to make a shirt!  

    Online workshops are non-refundable. Please treat this workshop like buying a theatre ticket. Your workshop can be transferred to a friend up to 72 hours prior but Gather is not responsible for re-shipping or delivering your personalized class kit to the new participant. Please arrange it personally with your friend.

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    Knowing your materials is vital when weaving yardage for sewing. In our studio we use a team approach. Together we discuss ideas, make samples, write up drafts and make yarn wraps to visualize the garment.



    Making samples of handwoven yardage helps us to make little tweaks that take the material from good to great. As tempting as it can be to dive right in, we take the time to try a few different iterations of a project before making a large warp. Our studio has an extensive sample collection we refer to when making weave + sew recomendations.



    We carefully consider fabric density which includes attention to loom tension and beat.

    Yes, we really cut it!

    Yes, we really cut it!

    It's scary. We know! There are washing techniques you can use to help make sure your fabric doesn't fray, and strategies to get the most out of smaller amounts of yardage.



    Sewing with handwoven yardage is different than with store-bought fabric. We have developed tips and tricks to help you make your project go smoothly. We also have tried many different sewing patterns so we are able to recommend tried and true patterns so you don't have to guess what will work with your precious handwoven material.