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Weave a Tea Towel: December 4 and 5, 2021

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Shannon Nelson/Kim McCollum


Saturday Dec 4: 10am-3pm

Sunday Dec 5: 1pm-4pm

About this Workshop: 

In this workshop participants will learn the basics of weaving on a 4 shaft loom. The workshop will begin with a demonstration and teaching on the basics of weaving, how a 4 shaft loom works, and an opportunity to try out different patterns and materials. 

Next, participants will design, choose colours, and weave their own tea towel, from start to finish. Once the tea towel is off the loom, participants will hem the towel using our sewing machines. 

You will go home with your very own finished handwoven tea towel!

We will be covering the following techniques:

  • How to choose fibers for warp and weft 
  • The basics of how to read a weaving draft (pattern)
  • How to weave several different weave structures, including plain weave, twill, and zigzag twill
  • 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-Linen yarns in a variety of colours
  • The use of our 4 shaft looms

About the Instructors:

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. 

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.



Beginners and new weavers welcome! No experience required. 


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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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