Class Time

Purple cowl on RH Loom

Purple cowl on rigid heddle loom

Yesterday I did something I have not done in a very long time…I taught a class! No readin’, writin’, nor ‘rithmetic for me. No, this was a class for new weavers using my favorite portable rigid heddle loom.

Northwest Wools in Multnomah Village is hosting the class and we had a full room for the first session. One experienced weaver and three enthusiastic new weavers learned about the Ashford Knitters Loom and the ease of using it even for people who have never woven. There were new terms to learn, like “warp” (the threads that run lengthwise), “weft” (the threads that run crosswise), and words we already know but have a different meaning in weaving. For instance, a “shed” is not where you keep the loom or a lawnmower – it’s the space between lifted and lowered threads that you pass the shuttle through to weave. And “shuttle” does not take you to the airport, or into space for that matter – it holds the weft yarn that you use to weave.

I think we were all a bit tired by the end of the session, but it was a good tired. The best part is that now the looms have their warp yarns in place, and next week we start to weave!

Stay tune for more weaving adventures….

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