Above you see my 90-year-old mother (who taught me to knit) and my brother Pecos about one hour into learning to weave on rigid heddle looms. This summer I finally fell all the way down the rabbit hole of weaving and want to bring you with me. I’ll have you all warped and weaving before lunch of our first morning, and you will have a rigid heddle loom (a little larger than those you see here) on a stand to use exclusively for the whole retreat, along with a colorful supply of cotton yarn to play with.
You’ll discover that fooling around and seeing what happens if you try this and that will result in a series of utterly charming and practical cotton dishcloths, placemats, or napkins. In the process of experimenting, you’ll realize that a simple warp can birth so many different fabrics if you simply change colors, repetitions, do finger manipulations, and so much more. I’ll teach you my favorite tricks, and save you (if I can) from all the common errors. You’ll have hands-on access to several large rigid heddle looms, to my collection of weaving books, and nifty tools, so that if you do indeed fall down this rabbit hole you’ll know what you want and don’t want.
And since you’re a knitter, I’ll teach you various ways to knit right from the weaving, and we’ll consider arrangements of woven panels and knitted borders and shapings to make hybrid garments.
I’ll teach you to swatch your sett by weaving around Salish Sea stones…from the beach, where there are sunsets and bunnies and foxes and eagles and…well, you’ll just have to see for yourself.
These retreats will be limited to 16 people, and will include Deb Nolan’s legendary meals. A new version of paradise! Dates are: February 12-17, March 5-10, March 12-17, or March 26-31. Here is full information, including the registration form: Weaving PDF 1.1.
Note: If you’d prefer one of my Island Knitting Retreats, you can find them here: http://catbordhi.com/workshops/