Introduction to Weaving Tartans/Plaids
Instructor: Jeanne Davidson
Day: This class is divided into sessions on Sundays, September 19 and 26, and October 3 (these 3 sessions total 3 hours of class time).
Time: Each session meets 1:00–2:00 (1 hour)
Class Fee: $45
Materials Fee: None. A handout will be provided.
Class Size: min 1/max 10
Skill Level: Advanced beginner. Note that students need to be able to measure a warp and dress their loom and have a basic understanding of weaving.
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Students in this class will learn the basics of weaving tartan patterns, how to read a color diagram for measuring the warp, different kinds of tartan patterns, and tips and tricks for handling the colors for both warping the loom and weaving the piece. The instructor will provide handouts with instructions for warping the loom and for weaving the sample as well as for additional resources. The class is broken into multiple sessions so students have time between class meetings to apply what they have learned. The class can be completed on either a rigid heddle or a 4-harness loom; students will weave a small sample approximately 12″ x 24″ on their own looms.
The first session will introduce tartans and give students what they need to warp their looms. The next session covers the basics of weaving their pieces and addresses any questions from the previous week. The third session wraps up by addressing any additional questions, with the option of a “show and tell” so students can see how the colors other students have chosen interact with their plaid patterns and what various color combinations look like. Students will learn the basic structure of plaid patterns; how to read color order diagrams and threading and treadling diagrams; tips on how to work with multiple colors in warping and weaving; and color interactions between warp and weft.
Students need to provide the following supplies: a rigid heddle or 4-harness loom, at least 13 inches wide; 1 shuttle appropriate to the loom (rigid heddle weavers might want 1 shuttle for each color in their sample; floor loom users need 1 bobbin for each color); a skein of worsted-weight yarn in each of 4 different colors; and a pencil and paper. A calculator will be helpful.