Beginning Weaving
November 12 - 14, 2021
For Rates & Registration information, click here
See tentative schedule and additional information below. 

Local weaver Claire Milne will lead participants in learning how to warp and dress a floor loom. Participants will finish at least one small project. Included will be:

     - the process of planning a weaving project and making a warp for a 4 -shaft

       loom: learning how to calculate yardage needed; how to determine the “sett” of the

       cloth; which yarns to use for different projects; how to use a warping board

     - the process of “dressing” a 4-shaft loom: how to set up a 4-shaft loom using the “back-

       to-front system”, including the use of lease sticks and raddle; then proceed to thread

       heddles; sley the reed and tie the warp onto the front apron rod

     - the process of weaving cloth on a 4-harness floor loom: learning how to weave plain

       weave and twill, wind bobbins, pirns and quills; throw a shuttle; proper tensioning; use

       of floating selvages; weave a header; and finishing techniques     

This retreat is for beginning weavers using a floor, table and/or rigid heddle loom. Looms, equipment, and materials provided or feel free to bring your own loom if it is in complete working order and ready to go. You will warp the loom at the retreat. 

Schedule

Friday , November 12, 2021

2:00 – 4:00    Check In

                           Two Sisters Co-owner Tamra Higgins will meet you at our retreat

                           house at 110 Main St., Jeffersonville, Vermont

4:00 – 6:00     Meet Instructor Claire Milne and get started!

                           Session I: Weaving: background on types of weave; equipment; yarns;

                           design resources.

6:00 – 7:15      Walk to The Village Tavern or 158 Main for dinner. We will make

                           reservations for the group, but each person is responsible for payment

                           for your meal. Let us know if you will not join the group for dinner.

                           Other options are to eat in (take out or cook your own as there is a full

                           kitchen in the house) or eat elsewhere.

7:30 – 9:00     Session II: The Loom: the parts and how they function in the weaving

                          process. (Note: two looms will be set up for students to practice

                          weaving if they wish). 

 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Looms, Equipment, and Materials provided or feel free to bring your own loom if it is in complete working order and ready to go. You will warp the loom at the retreat.

Upon rising until 9:00 – Continental breakfast.  Full kitchen is available if participants would like to bring something to make.

 

9:00 – Noon (with breaks when needed)   

                          Session III:  Warp It: making the warp using a warping board.

12:00 – 1:00   Lunch – make your own, walk/drive to local grocer or restaurant; a

                          list of options will be provided

1:00 – 5:00 (with breaks when needed)

                          Session IV:  Dress It: threading heddles, reed, and tying on. 

5:00 – 6:00     Down Time/Free Time

6:00 – 7:15      Dinner reservations made for you at Martell’s or dinner on your own 

7:30 - 9:00       Session V:  Weave It: winding bobbins; typing up treadles; throwing

                           the shuttle (Note: students will have time on their own to "weave-

                           away" as long into the night as they like). 

Sunday , November 14, 2021

Upon rising until 9:00 – Continental breakfast.  Full kitchen is available if participants would like to bring something to make.

9:00 – Noon (with breaks when needed)

                             Session VI:  Finish It: taking project off the loom and finishing with

                             fringe or hem.

12:00 – 1:00     Lunch – make your own, walk/drive to local grocer or restaurant; a

                             list of options will be provided. (Group will decide how time will be

                             allocated between lunch and continuing to work)

1:00 – 3:00 (with breaks when needed)

                             Session VII:  Troubleshoot It: how to fix a broken warp thread;

                             threading errors.

Additional Retreat Details
The retreat takes place at 110 Main Street, Jeffersonville, Vermont in a historic house that once served as the local parsonage. While the house wouldn't be considered luxurious, it and its rooms are large and comfortable. 
Provided:
     Bed linens and towels
     Continental breakfasts
     Full kitchen for lunches and dinner if you opt to make your own
     List of options for eating out or take out for lunches and dinner on Saturday
What to bring:
     Pillows and blankets you can't sleep without
     Good walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing and outerwear
     Snacks and any food items you would like to prepare for yourself
     Outdoor gear if you plan on taking walks on the local railtrail/bike path or renting a
          bicycle from the bike shop, Bootlegger Bikes, which is a couple doors down from the
          retreat house.
What not to bring:
     Fancy clothing or valuables of any sort. Jeffersonville is a rural community geared
     towards outdoor activities (hiking, biking, walking, canoeing and kayaking in the
     summer and fall; skiing, snowboarding in the winter). If you plan on staying extra time
     in the vicinity before or after the retreat, and plan on visiting the Stowe or Burlington
     area then "nicer" clothes are legit. Long and short of it, bring what you're comfortable in.