Weave a Rug on a Floor Loom
4 Tuesday evenings.
March 15, 22, 29 and April 5
*We like everyone to go home with a finished project, so end times are approximate for each day.
Instructor: Shannon Nelson, Kim McCollum
Weave your very own wool rug on a traditional floor loom. You will start by learning the basics of floor loom weaving and have some time to practice and get familiar with working on a loom. Next, you will choose a pattern and select your colours for your rug. Then, over the course of the workshop you will weave your very own custom rug from start to finish. On the final day, you will learn a rug finishing technique to make your edges crisp. We will be using the highest quality of Canadian wool for our rugs.
- The basics of 4 shaft loom operation
- How to use a rug shuttle and temple
- How to choose materials for rug weaving
- How to weave using a ‘pick and pick’ weave structure
- How to weave with two shuttles at once
- How to finish your rug edges
- How to care for your finished rug
This workshop is for all levels, new weavers are welcome!
All supplies are included:
- Studio Floor Looms are used for this workshop
- Seine Twine Cotton Warp (Looms are pre-warped for this workshop)
- 100% Canadian Wool weft yarn
- Instructional Booklet
About the Instructors:
Shannon Nelson is a Master Weaver who teaches workshops and offers tutoring through Gather Textiles. Along with her two nieces, Shannon is part of The North Side Girls weaving collective, whose work has been featured at the Royal Bison and other local markets. Shannon specializes in teaching weavers how to make rugs, tea towels, and overshot designs. Her strong eye for detail and expert knowledge of weaving techniques make her an invaluable part of the Gather team.
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.
Make sure to read the FAQs on our website that outline our workshop cancellation policy before signing up.
PLEASE NOTE: It is important to us to keep you all safe! Participants are 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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