Weave a Table Runner on an Eight-Shaft Loom: February Dates (Tuesdays)
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Weave a Table Runner
Weave your very own table runner on an 8 shaft loom!
Dates: choose either:
Tuesday February 6, 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday February 13, 11:00AM - 4:00PM
About this workshop:
In this workshop participants will learn the basics of weaving on an 8 shaft floor loom. The workshop will begin with a demonstration and teaching on the basics of weaving, how an 8 shaft loom works, and an opportunity to try out different patterns and materials.
Next, participants will design, choose colours, and weave their own table runner, from start to finish. Once the table runner is off the loom, participants will hem the towel using our sewing machines.
Your table runner will be approximately 20" wide and from 30-50" long depending on your design.
We will be covering the following techniques:
- How to choose fibres for warp and weft
- How to weave several different weave structures
- 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:
All Materials are included for this workshop!
- Detailed handout with workshop information
- Cotton and Linen yarns in a variety of colours
- The use of our 8 shaft looms
About the Instructor:
Kim McCollum is a Master Weaver and 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.
Beginners and new weavers welcome! No experience required.
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