Five Point Twills, Myriad Possibilities

Difficulty:  Intermediate or beginner advancing weavers on  4 or 8 shafts
Saturday, March 4, 2023
10:00am-4:00pm  CLOSED

Class will be held in person – HCAC

Taught by Barbara Diefenderfer

Course Overview

NEW!  Workshop expanded to 4- and 8-shaft looms!

Add fun and expression to your next projects. Students will create a 4-shaft or 8-shaft point twill pattern gamp sampler using five twill threadings and numerous tie-up changes to develop myriad twill structure creations. Experience a number of treadlings to create new weave structures and intricate-appearing twills to be incorporated in future woven pieces. This is the perfect workshop for the weaver who uses an 8-shaft loom but can only transport a 4- shaft loom to the workshop.  Or if you work on four shafts exclusively, this workshop is for you.

The workbook will include all of the information. Students will come to the workshop with looms prepared according to instructions provided and be ready to weave on their own loom. Warps may be either 10/2 or 8/2 unmercerized or perle cotton in natural or white. You will be instructed to include 2 ends of a very dark color to separate the point twill sections. At least 2 additional colors will be needed in the same thread size as the warp to use as weft. Small amounts of a number of colors will be great. Table looms are fine as there will be many tie-up changes. The instructor will create a workbook.

It is amazing what a change of tie-up and treadling can do!

Warping instructions will be conveyed to each participant by the instructor after class registrations are complete.  Students will use their own looms throughout the class.

Maximum number of participants: 20

Student Requirements

Ability to independently warp a 4- or 8-shaft loom.

Equipment Needed by Students –

  • 4- or 8-shaft loom threaded according to instructions to follow when class list is available. Table looms will be fine because there will be a number of tie-up changes.
  • Weaving equipment needed to weave the sampler, 2 or 3 shuttles and several bobbins.
  • Various colors of weft in same yarn size as the warp.

A workbook will be provided by the instructor.
Student Materials Fee – $6.00 paid to instructor

About the Artist

Barbara has been the Weaving Teacher in Residence at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland.  She has woven for over 40 years and taught for 35.  In her first career she taught tailoring and general clothing construction in public schools.  She is a familiar instructor at MAFA Conferences and lecturer on various weaving topics in the Mid-Atlantic region.  She earned a Master Weaver certification through the Potomac Craftsmen Guild in 1987 and was a member of the committee creating the Guild Advancement Program for the Central Pennsylvania Guild. 

While Barbara is enthusiastic about every aspect of weaving, she particularly enjoys weaving with color and fine threads to bring out the best in every structure to produce household textiles and fine clothing.  Barbara has become increasingly interested in making the most of every warp she has on her looms.  Her greatest thrill, however, comes from turning on the light bulbs for novice and advancing weavers; directly reflecting her belief that there are always new things to learn in weaving.


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