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Fun with Floats and Pick-Up Sticks (Weaving)

Fun with Floats and Pick-up Sticks

Curious about floats? Maybe you think floats are those annoying things that cross multiple warp threads when you didn’t want them to. But they are also the basis of a number of interesting patterns that transform when they are off the loom and finished, such as the Window Pane shown above.

In this 4 hour class we’ll teach you how to make floats deliberately with pickup sticks. By the end of the class you will have a sample with a number of patterns using warp and weft floats.
Ashford rigid heddle looms are available for use in store during the class for $30 per day. 
You will need to arrange a time the day before to come in and warp the loom. If you need us to warp it will be $30.
Looms are also available for purchase.

Maximum number of students: 6
Minimum number: 3
Experience: Must be able to warp your loom following the directions in the Homework section.

Homework: YES - Warp your loom using high contrast smooth worsted weight yarn with a 7.5/8 dent rigid heddle. Tie onto the front and weave a 1” header with scrap yarn.
Skill Level: Adventurous beginner or Intermediate
Skills Used: Able to weave balanced plain weave. If you are using your own loom you must be able to warp it with even tension following the instructions provided.


Pick-up sticks to use during the class if you don’t have one.

  • Rigid heddle loom warped as described below.
  • Pick up stick.
  • 2 colors of smooth worsted weight wool yarn — at minimum 200 yards each. These need to have a good contrast so that you can clearly see your warp and weft floats. You can use either a traditional wool or a superwash. We suggest Shepherd’s Wool, or Cascade 220 but any smooth high contrast worsted weight yarn will work. If you are allergic to wool, cotton or cotton-linen with the same properties will also work.
  • Bring a notebook, pencil/pen and any glasses needed for close work.
  • Standard supplies: Yarn needle, scissors, tape measure.
  • Yarn: Worsted weight 
  • Warp Length: 85" (includes loom waste) 
  • Total Warp Ends: 65
Warp beginning and ending in a slot. When measuring the last slot cut the warp at the peg with enough yarn to tie it securely. This is long enough for a sample of various patterns. Finished Size About 55" by 7"

Instructor: Christine Halverson or Tara Grosbach

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Included Materials



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


1702-H Meridian Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

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