Classes for Fall 2022

- Tapestry 
- Basket Weaving
- Virtual Summer/Winter Weave Along 

Fall Class Registration is open!

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Left to right: Tapestry by Brenda Osborn, Market Tote Basket by Nancy Kalos,
Summer/Winter Handwoven fabric by Jill Staubitz

Tapestry Weaving Class

Tapestry: A Toolkit for Beginners: An 8 week class with Brenda Osborn

This eight-week class will offer students some important tapestry weaving techniques that will enhance their abilities to design and weave a tapestry of their own creation. For students who have already taken this class, they will focus on designing and weaving a small tapestry. First-time students will learn these techniques: 1. Learning to weave in opposing sheds. 2. Weaving small shapes and noting the difference in tension required to weave shapes that are small vs. big. 3. Weaving angles. The nature of weaving is a grid, and weaving angles must make use of the grid by maneuvering the high and lows of the weft threads to create an angle that suits your intention. 4. Weaving circles—like weaving angles, but more involved. 5. Weaving with hachures, or ‘hatches,’ for blending colors and shading. 6. “Taking a line for a walk.” This exercise will make use of all the techniques covered in class.

About the Instructor: Brenda devoted herself to tapestry weaving in 2000, when she began to study with Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei. Brenda's work has been shown at HGA's juried show, New England Weavers Seminar juried show, and one American Tapestry Alliance's Biennial exhibitions.  Along with Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei, Brenda has studied with Mary Zicafoose, Joan Baxter, Soosoonam Barg, and this summer she'll add Fiona Hutchinson to that list.  Brenda spent over 12 years studying with Archie Brennan, and worked with him to produce his autobiography/memoir , which was released in January this year.  .

Instructor: Brenda Osborn

Location: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, 42 Woodland Street, Hartford

Fee: $285 payable by check or credit. 
Materials: If needed, the frame loom and materials are available for an additional $45

Dates: Tuesdays September 13 - November 8 (no class on Oct. 11)

Time: 10:30-1:30

Supplies needed: Scissors, measuring tape, tapestry bobbins, wefts for weaving (any kind of wool appropriate for fabric weaving). These are separate than the Materials listed above.


Basket Weaving Class


Market Tote Basket: A 2 Part Class

This class is for students who have successfully completed beginner-level basketry and want to continue their basket weaving journey. This versatile market basket is highlighted with an attractive pattern simulating crisscrossed embroidery stitching. You will find it handy for every day use whether it be for quick grocery shopping trips, farmers markets, or organizing hobbies on the run. This basket measures 11in long, 5 in wide, 9 in high. It is finished with comfortable handles made with heavy cotton webbing.

Prerequisites: Students should have prior experience weaving a basic flat-reed basket with a rim

Instructor: Nancy Kalos

Location: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, 42 Woodland Street, Hartford

Fee: $95 includes all materials, payable by check or credit

Dates: Saturdays October 15 and October 22

Time: 9:30-1:30 each day

Summer/Winter "Weave Along" Virtual Class


Introduction to Summer/Winter: "Weave Along" A 3 Part Virtual Class

Perfect for students who have a loom at home and would like a "deep dive" into this unique structure within a virtual class setting. Over the course of three sessions, we will focus on Four Shaft Summer and Winter as a two-tied unit weave with its unique ‘styles or fashions’. We’ll examine the threading units, tie ups and treadling sequences of this popular structure, explore profile drafts, and discuss S/W’s role as a block weave AND a unit weave. Prior to class, each participant will be sent a four shaft Summer and Winter draft to dress their loom. Once in class, students will have weaving breaks to enhance their understanding through hands-on weaving. Students will be encouraged to share their results, warts and all, with their fellow weavers. 

Prerequisites: This is a virtual class for ‘Beyond Beginner to Intermediate’ level students. In addition to computer/Zoom access, students must have access to a four shaft loom during class, be familiar with reading and understanding a weaving draft, be comfortable with dressing their own loom, and have on-loom weaving experience. 


Note: An Advanced Summer and Winter “Weave Along” Three-Session Class will be offered later this winter, focusing on eight shafts, with further emphasis on profile drafting and designing Summer and Winter cloth.

Instructor: Jill Staubitz

Location: via Zoom

Fee: $225 including weaving drafts, payable by check or credit

Dates: Saturdays October 1, 8 and and 15

Time: 10:00-1:30 each day

Note: All weaving classes are held on our lower level classroom which is only accessible by stairs. 

Additional Registration Information as of July 2022


  • Please review our current COVID updates found on our home page. Everyone will need to follow our COVID protocols, which includes wearing masks and vaccinations.

  • Checks must be received 14 days before the class begins to secure your spot.

  • Tuition will be refunded only if the class is canceled by the Weaving Center, or if there is a waiting list and your spot can be filled. 

  • The Weaving Center reserves the right to cancel a class at any time. Should we do so you will receive a full refund.

  • No-shows forfeit any refund.