Summer 2023 Workshops
Floor Loom: Weaving in a Parallel Universe
Rigid Heddle: Introduction to Tapestry on a rigid heddle loom
NEW DATE! Needle Felting: The Felted Landscape
Cricket to Quartet:Transforming your rigid heddle loom into a multi-shaft loom (registration is closed)
2023 Summer Workshops!
Above left to right: Parallel weaving by Linda Hartshorn, Introduction to Tapestry on a Rigid Heddle Loom by Sophia DeJesus-Sabella, Felted Landscape by Diane Cadrain, Cricket to Quartet by Sally Mullen.
Fiber Weaving Workshops
Floor Loom: Weaving in a Parallel Universe: A 3 day Workshop with Linda Hartshorn
Explore a parallel universe of possibilities in weaving! Parallel threadings are incredibly versatile and can be used to weave a variety of structures including echo weave twills and jin (polychrome turned taquete). Create vibrant colorways, echoes and iridescence by using four warp colors. You'll weave samples with a variety of treadlings and weft colors. We will study drafts, network drafting, and learn how to create a parallel threading. Add the power of parallel threadings to your weaving repertoire.
About the Instructor: Linda is a weaver and dyer, known for her unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda weaves and dyes in her home on the redwood coast of northern California, and teaches weaving at the Ink People Center for the Arts in Eureka. Linda enjoys leading workshops and brings her positive, fun and supportive teaching style to events all over the country. She is a two time recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers and dyers.
Prerequisites: For the intermediate to advanced level floor loom weaver
Instructor: Linda Hartshorn
Location: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, 42 Woodland Street, Hartford
Dates: August 25, 26, 27
Time: 9:30-4:30 (includes a break for lunch)
Registration and Fee options: Please choose from one of the options below.
Option 1: Provide your own loom
You will be responsible for your fiber and colors, warp winding and dressing of your own 8 shaft loom which you will transport and weave on during the 3 day workshop. Threading options and instructions will be emailed to you by July 14, 2023.
Skill Level: Advanced weaver. Must be comfortable with dense warp setts and complex threading. Linda suggests that you weave a repeat of the pattern prior to the workshop.
Price: $340 payable by check or credit, plus a separate $25 workshop materials fee payable by check/cash to the instructor at the workshop.
Option 2: Rent and Prepare Loom at the Weaving Center
In this option you will be assigned an 8 shaft floor loom at the Weaving Center. You will be responsible for your fiber and colors, and independently winding your warp and dressing your assigned loom. Threading options and instructions will be emailed to you by July 14, 2023. The classroom studio and your assigned loom will be available from August 14-24 during normal Weaving Center hours for warp winding, threading and preparation. In addition, bench time will be available until September 1.
Skill Level: Advanced weaver. Must be comfortable with dense warp setts, complex threading and dressing a loom independently. Linda suggests that you weave a repeat of the pattern prior to the workshop.
Price: $365 payable by check or credit, plus a separate $25 workshop materials fee payable by check/cash to the instructor at the workshop.
Option 3: Loom preparation by Weaving Center
Register and leave the loom preparation to us! Students who choose this option will use the fiber color/selection provided by the Weaving Center. You will have your choice of threading options, we will contact you after registration. The price includes a threaded/dressed loom, a 4.5 yard 8” wide Tencel warp in Linda's recommended colors. A repeat of the pattern will be woven prior to the workshop. All fiber is provided by the Weaving Center
Skill Level: Intermediate or advanced weaver.
Price: $415 payable by check or credit, plus a separate $25 workshop materials fee payable by check/cash to the instructor at the workshop.
Introduction to Tapestry on Rigid Heddle with Sophia De Jesus-Sabella
This two-part workshop is an introduction to tapestry weaving techniques on the rigid heddle loom. Students will bring looms pre-warped to instructor’s specifications and have access to a variety of wefts to learn joinery and image-making techniques. Students will create a 12" x 12" sampler and a 12" x 12" tapestry of their own design.
About the Instructor: Sophia De Jesus-Sabella is an artist, weaver, and educator based in Hartford CT. She teaches weaving at Hartford Artisans Weaving Center and mending workshops out of her private studio. Her work is inspired by her upbringing and relationship to materials and colors.
Students should bring:
A working Rigid Heddle loom warped with 8/4 cotton warp in any color at 12” wide, 2 yds long in 7.5 or 8 dent heddle
Tapestry beater or a metal fork
At least 2 stick shuttles
Simple Drawings or images. We'll work together in class to create a "cartoon" of the tapestry design that you will use
All other materials will be provided by the Weaving Center.
Prerequisites: Completion of Beginner Rigid Heddle Class, must own a working Rigid Heddle Loom and able to warp loom independently.
Instructor: Sophia De Jesus-Sabella
Location: Manchester Historical Society, 175 Pine Street, Manchester
Fee: $220 payable by check or credit
Dates: Saturdays 7/22 and 7/29
Time: 10:00-3:00 (includes a break for lunch)
Needle Felting Workshop
The Felted Landscape: A 1 day Workshop with Diane Cadrain
Using a photograph as reference, students will use the softest of materials, wool roving, as if they were paint, along with a special barbed needle to create a felted landscape on a backing of raw silk. Students may bring their own landscape photographs (recommended size 8" x 10"), or use one provided.
About the Instructor: Diane is an award-winning fiber artist based in Connecticut. She says this about her inspiration, "the natural world inspires my work by offering constantly-refreshed images of arresting loveliness. Tolstoy said, 'Love all creation…love every leaf'” In that spirit, I attempt to create images that combine fragility with strength and the evanescent with the eternal. My work includes machine piecing and quilting, felting, hand embroidery, and knitting."
Instructor: Diane Cadrain
Location: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, 42 Woodland Street, Hartford
Fee: $110 includes all materials, payable by check or credit
Date: Saturday, July 29
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (includes a break for lunch)
Cricket to Quartet: Transforming your rigid heddle loom into a multi-shaft loom
Additional Registration Information as of March 15, 2023
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Check payment is due within 2 weeks of your registration to secure your spot.
Refunds and Class Cancellations:
The Weaving Center reserves the right to cancel a class at any time. Should we do so, students will receive a full refund.
Registered Students: Please notify the Weaving Center as soon as possible if there is a need to cancel your registration. -
- If there is a waiting list and the spot can be filled, a 3% processing fee will be deducted from the total refund.
- If a spot cannot be filled, no refund will be offered.
No-shows forfeit any refund.