2021 Weaving Workshops in Hartford

Weaving overshot on
an 8-shaft loom with anita thompson: 

  • Dates: June 11-12-13, 2021 

  • Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Experience Recommended: Advanced Beginner and up

  • Workshop fee: $300, price includes the materials fee.  

Independent Block Overshot on 8 shafts is a structure that allows the weaver to produce cloth with beautiful, clear patterns. Where the usual traditional 4-shaft overshot has halftones that soften the blocks of pattern, this structure allows control of the block and halftone placement. Manipulating the blocks and halftones in the tie-up results in clean lines and vast amounts of design possibilities within a single threading.


We will explore the use of profile drafts, and the process involved in converting 4-shaft designs into 8-shaft overshot drafts. You’ll learn theory, design, color, and proportion—all that’s required to develop your own overshot project.


A warp will be provided in advance, with instructions to dress your own loom at home. Bring your loom to the workshop where we’ll be weaving round-robin style, and you’ll leave with a set of overshot samples. Weft will be provided at the workshop. 


Note: You must be able to understand the basics of drafting.

About Anita Thompson:

Anita has been weaving for over 19 years and earned her Master Weavers Certificate from Hill Institute in 2009. Her pieces have won many awards and have been featured in Handwoven magazine. She is a NEWS Weaver of Distinction. Anita enjoys exploring many different weave structures, but Independent Block Overshot is her favorite. She lives in Goshen, Massachusetts and enjoys playing bridge and Zooming with friends and her daughter, Megan.

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Equipment You should bring:

  • Laptop computer with drafting program (strongly recommended)

  • Pencil

  • Eraser

  • 3 ring binder

  • Portable 8-shaft loom in good working condition

  • Your usual weaving supplies including: scissors, measuring tape, shuttles, bobbins, (the number of shuttles and bobbins depends on the warp you are given—minimum of 2, maximum of 5—you will be notified individually), cloth separators for your loom (craft paper, paper towel rolls or whatever you use when winding onto the cloth beam), 2 selvedge weights.

Turned Beiderwand with karen donde: 
One Threading, Multiple Structures

  • Dates: August 27-28-29, 2021 

  • Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Experience Recommended: Intermediate/Advanced

  • Workshop fee: $305, if you bring your own loom,

  • $330 if you use a loom provided by the Center. All prices includes the materials fee.  

Join the talented Karen Donde during this three-day workshop. Learn Beiderwand basics and how to warp and tension a supplementary warp with or without a second warp beam, design turned Beiderwand, turn a draft and adapt the threading to weave several different structures. Each participant will weave a variety of samples on his/her own loom, as that is the fun of turning this draft. Several different drafts will be provided to offer a variety of designs for discussion. 




About Karen Donde:

Karen is a juried member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. An experienced and award-winning writer, Donde now writes for and about weavers. She is a contributor to Handwoven magazine and other allied publications.

    “Exploring infinite ways to create patterned textiles at the loom drives my fascination with weaving. I am drawn to intricate structural interlacements, but am thrilled when simple combinations of structure, color and texture yield beautiful, complex-looking woven designs.”

COVID Safety Protocols and Tuition Refund information as of March 2021


  • Everyone will need to follow our Covid protocols, including wearing masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing.

  • 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.