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Weave 101 - Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

This class is a 3 day event: 3 Mondays with a one-hour break for lunch.

Curious about all the steps of weaving? Want to try it out before purchasing a loom? Interested in learning more about how to figure out projects? This three-session workshop is for new and beginning weavers. Participants will learn the basics of the rigid heddle loom, including:

• Loom parts and terminology
• How to warp the loom
• Basic plain weave sampler
• How to stop and start yarn (e.g. different colors, new shuttle or different yarn)
• How to plan your own project
• Choosing yarn
• Weaving the project
• Finishing the piece

Your instructor will guide you in weaving a short scarf or table runner for your first project.

If you can’t do 3 all day classes you can cover the content by taking a series of shorter classes in a particular order **

The Workshop takes 18 hours divided into multiple sessions.
- Maximum number of students: 6
- Minimum number of students: 3
- Experience: No experience required.
- Homework: None for the first class.

Ashford rigid heddle looms and accessories are available for use in store during the class. (Looms are also available for purchase.) We will also provide cotton yarn for your first warp and test piece.

Other materials needed:

  • Bring a notebook, pencil/pen and any glasses needed for close work.
  • Standard knitting supplies: Yarn needle, scissors, measuring tape, markers
  • Talk to the instructors if you have your own rigid heddle loom you’d like to bring.

The yarn you’ll use will be dependent on the project you choose. In general we suggest worsted weight wool.Yarn should be purchased after the first class after you have worked out your project and know the amounts of yarn necessary.
Suggested books:
Ideas for Weaving by Jane Patrick
Inventive Weaving on a little Loom by Syne Mitchell

** The classes that cover the same things as Weave 101 are as follows.
1. Project Planning 
2. Warping the Loom
3. (Not so) Plain weave (Requires both of the two classes above as prerequisite.). 
4. Final finishing.
5. Edge finishes.
All of these classes go into more depth because of their more singular focus. 

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Novice - No experience required.
Materials Included: The use of the loom as well as use of weaving tools and accessories during the class.
Instructor: Christine Halverson or Tara Grosbach

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.


1702-H Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

Mon Closed 
Wed, Fri 11am - 6pm
Tue & Thurs 11am - 8pm
Sat 11am - 5pm
Sun Noon - 5pm