WGGB Weaving School*

2017 Classes

*Online registration is now open! (click 'Register' and then 'Adult' and then "370 Weaving" at the bottom of the following pages).

Note: All dates are subject to change.

Download the Adult Weaving Class 2017 Fall Brochure (.pdf)


BEGINNING WEAVING BASICS - PART 1
 
This class is designed for adult beginners with no previous weaving experience. The instruction focus is on teaching a simple, efficient method for warping and weaving with a 4-shaft floor loom. Projects will be completed using both cotton and wool fibers. This will allow students to become confident about planning projects, choosing yarns, warping the loom and finishing their cloth. Students will use our “Wolf Pup” floor loom and all materials are included. Projects will be started in class and completed at home. Students should expect to spend several hours of weaving at home per project. 

Dates and Times:  Sat & Sun, Sept 9 & 10; Sun, Sept 17 & 24 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Class size: 8 students
Location: Hillcrest Elementary School
Skill Level:  Novice
Instructor:  Pat Capogrossi
Cost: $200

Online registration is now open! (click 'Register' and then 'Adult' and then "370 Weaving" at the bottom of the following pages)


BEGINNING WEAVING NEXT STEP – PART 2

This class is designed for adults who have either taken a beginning weaving class or have wound a warp and dressed a loom previously. It will expand on the topics learned in Beginning Weaving Part 1 and focus on a finished project such as a scarf or towels. It will provide more practice in winding a warp and dressing the loom to increase the comfort level and confidence of new weavers and allow them to start planning their own projects. Reading drafts and finishing techniques will be discussed. Loom and yarns provided.

Expect to spend several hours weaving at home.

Dates and Times:  Sat & Sun, Sept 30 & Oct 1, Sun, Oct 8 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Class size: 8 students
Location: Hillcrest Elementary School
Skill Level:  Step Up
Instructor:  Pat Capogrossi
Cost: $150

Online registration is now open! (click 'Register' and then 'Adult' and then "370 Weaving" at the bottom of the following pages)


 FIBERS TO WEAVE WITH – MINI SEMINAR

Are you a new weaver, feeling unsure how to choose fibers for projects? Do you wonder what the advantages and disadvantages are between mercerized and unmercerized cotton? Are you wondering where to order yarns? Is it appropriate to weave with knitting yarns? Do you lack confidence in determining sett and how hard to beat when you weave? Is how to “finish” handwovens daunting? Did someone “gift” you some gorgeous yarn and you have no idea what to do with it? If you have any of these concerns and more, you will find this seminar beneficial. Participants only need to bring note-taking materials. Feel free to bring handwovens that were either a success or a disaster that participants can learn from and bring yarns that you want to weave with but are unsure what would be the best purpose for them. I hope to see you on September 16th for a few fun hours discussing FIBERS!

Dates and Times:  Sat, Sept 16 from 10am to 1pm
Class size:  15
Location: Hillcrest Elementary School
Skill Level:  Step Up
Instructor:  Nancy Charamella
Cost: $40

Online registration is now open! (click 'Register' and then 'Adult' and then "370 Weaving" at the bottom of the following pages)


DOUBLE-FACED PLAIN WEAVE WITH OVERSHOT  PATTERNING

If you want a technique to weave placemats heavy enough to lie flat and smooth on the table but with thin threads for a variety of delicate patterns, this weave structure is for you.

With just four shafts, our placemats or runner will have an overshot pattern but the cloth will be plain weave.  No overshot floats.  There will be 2 colors in the warp and 2 colors in the weft which will make the mat reversible with colors in opposite places on the two faces.  We will weave areas of horizontal tubular weave, which can be folded inward for a hem that make the fabric truly reversible.

All yarns will be supplied and the Wolf Pup looms will be available for students to use. 

Dates and Times:  Sat & Sun, Oct 14 & 15 from 10am-4pm; Sun, Oct 29 from 10am-2pm
Class size: 8 students
Location: Hillcrest Elementary School
Skill Level:  Step Out (must have previously taken an overshot class or woven it and have a basic knowledge of the structure)
Instructor:  Mary Pflueger
Cost: $175 *

Online registration is now open! (click 'Register' and then 'Adult' and then "370 Weaving" at the bottom of the following pages)


 LOG CABIN – COLOR & WEAVE

Log Cabin Weave PicLog Cabin is a great example of color and weave effect.

Although it’s a fairly simple weave structure, the interlacement of contrasting colors can appear very complicated.

This is a step-up class so weavers fresh from the Beginning Weaving class should feel confident.

Weavers will choose 2 contrasting colors of 3/2 pearl cotton and will create a table runner, table mats or napkins.

All yarns will be supplied and the Wolf Pup looms will be available for students to use.

Dates and Times:  Sat & Sun, Nov 11 & 12 from 10am to 4pm; Sun, Nov 19 from 10am to 1pm
Class size: 10 students
Location: Hillcrest Elementary School
Skill Level:  Step Up
Instructor:  Nancy Charamella
Cost: $175 *

Online registration is now open! (click 'Register' and then 'Adult' and then "370 Weaving" at the bottom of the following pages)


PLAN AND WEAVE YOUR FIRST PROJECT
Have you taken beginning weaving but are not sure how to really get started weaving your own projects? Or maybe you don’t yet have a loom? Are you afraid you will forget everything you’ve learned if you don’t weave something right away? Is it all too overwhelming?

If you said “yes” to any of these questions, then this class is meant for you!

We will walk you through designing a twill towel pattern and then you will wind the warp and dress the loom during class so there will be lots of guidance to get you set up to then weave off 2 beautiful and  unique towels at home!

We provide the wolf pup loom and the cotton yarns (unless you have some cotton or cotton blend yarn you want to bring and incorporate into your towels).

There will be plenty of time for designing and warping in class as we have allowed a day for designing, one for winding the warp and one for dressing the loom so you won’t have to rush through any step of the process.

After this class you will have the confidence to create your own projects with ideas from Handwoven Magazine and other resources.

We have extended the time you keep the loom until January 14th so you can weave another project at home!

Dates/Times:   Sun, Dec 3 from 10am to 4pm
Sat & Sun, Dec 9 & 10 from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Loom return: Sun, Jan 14 from 10am to 12pm
Class size: 10
Location: Hillcrest Elementary School
Loom deposit: $75
Skill level: Step-Up (for anyone who has taken a beginning weaving class)
Instructor: Pat Capogrossi
Cost: $200

Online registration is now open! (click 'Register' and then 'Adult' and then "370 Weaving" at the bottom of the following pages)


Skill Level Requirements:

Novice – No previous weaving experience

Step-Up – Completed a Beginning Weaving class and understands concepts of reading a draft, warping and weaving.  Classes designed to extend skills of beginning weavers.

Step-Out – Completed a Beginning Weaving class and is able to independently plan a project, warp a loom and weave.  Classes designed to expand knowledge of weave structures and techniques.


All classes are held at Hillcrest Elementary School, 1500 Frederick Rd., Catonsville, Md.  The classes are sponsored by the Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore in cooperation with the Catonsville Recreation and Parks Council and the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. For more information, please email wggbweavingschool@wggb.org

Note: All dates are subject to change.


Payment & Cancellation Policy

*In addition to the course fee, a $75.00 security deposit for the loom and equipment will be collected at the first class and returned at the end upon receipt of all lent items.

Payment in full is required at time of registration.

Half the cost of the class is a non-refundable deposit.
If a student cancels their registration two weeks or more before the class begins, one-half the cost of the class will be forfeited.  Anything paid above that amount will be refunded in full.
If a student cancels less than two weeks before the class begins, there will be no refund.
If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, students will be notified eight days before the class is due to begin and any payments will be refunded in full. If advertised dates of classes change due to availability of space through Catonsville Rec & Parks, registration fees will be refunded in full.
The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore sponsors all weaving classes in cooperation with Catonsville Recreation and Parks Council and Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.



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