Summer Workshops

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Left to right:  Crackle Weave Scarf by Susan Wilson, Confetti Wine Tote by Nancy Kalos,
Twill Fabric by Jill Staubitz, Tapestry by Brenda Osborn

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Basket Weaving Workshop


Confetti Wine/Market Tote Basket: A 1 day Workshop

This ‘gift-worthy’ basket has a ‘filled’ bottom and an optional woven divider which separates two wine bottles.  Without the divider, the basket can be used as a narrow market basket. Students in this 1-day basket class will learn to weave a twined-arrow embellishment which anchors the basket’s ‘confetti’. 

Measurements: Basket bottom: 9 1/2 in long, 5 in wide Basket sides: 9 in to rim, 14 in to top of a wooden ‘D’ handle.

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: $115 (includes a $15 materials fee) payable by check or credit

Dates: August 10

Time: 9:30-4:00 (with a break for lunch)

Fiber Weaving Workshops

Note: Registration has closed for all workshops listed below


Exploration of 4 and 8 Shaft Twills: A 3 day Workshop with Jill Staubitz

This class will renew your understanding of the importance of twills. We will cover four through eight shaft twills. Looms will be prepped by the Weaving Center in advance so that the first day of class everyone will be ready to weave. Four shaft looms will be threaded as twill gamps to explore many four shaft twill variations all on one cloth. Eight shaft looms will feature various eight shaft twill threadings with treadling options. Students are encouraged to get under the loom to change to their own tie up creations. There is so much to do and learn about twills! This is a round robin format with three consecutive days of lecture and weaving time. Students will be provided with notebooks containing lecture materials from class, as well as drafts that are used in class. At the end of class, we will have a show and tell of the many explorations done during our three days together.

Prerequisites: Participants MUST have on-loom experience, be familiar with how to dress a loom, and be able to read and interpret a weaving draft. This class is perfect for the Beyond Beginner through Intermediate weaver.

Instructor: Jill Staubitz

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

Fee: $340 (includes a $30 materials fee) payable by check or credit

Dates: July 22, 23, 24

Time: 9:30-4:00 (includes a break for lunch)

Tapestry: A Toolkit for Beginners: A 3 day Workshop with Brenda Osborn

During this three-day workshop, students will learn how to warp and dress a copper pipe frame loom with adjustable tension and examine shape-building techniques, as well as explore color blending techniques.

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: Manchester Historical Society, 175 Pine Street, Manchester

Fee: $305 (includes a $45 materials fee) payable by check or credit

Dates: August 2, 3, 4

Time: 9:30-4:00 (includes a break for lunch)

Supplies needed: Scissors, measuring tape, tapestry bobbins, wefts for weaving (any kind of wool appropriate for fabric weaving). All other workshop materials including the frame loom, are provided.

Versatile Crackle Weave: A 3 day Workshop with Susan Wilson

Crackle weave is a surprisingly versatile weave with exciting design potential on just four shafts. This workshop covers the essentials of drafting and designing crackle. On-loom exercises ensure a thorough understanding of how crackle works. We will also explore many variations possible by treadling crackle in the manner of other weaves and by using special treadlings. Your sampler will include at least eight distinctly different fabrics, all on a crackle threading. Instruction in multi-shaft crackle is included on the third day,

About the Instructor: Susan Wilson received the HGA Certificate of Excellence in Handweaving, Master Level, in 1990, with a specialty in crackle weave. Her book, Weave Classic Crackle & More was published in 2011. She has published articles in Weaver's, Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot magazines and Complex Weavers Journal, and her crackle sample was featured on the cover of A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns edited by Carol Strickler.

Prerequisites: Must be at least an advanced beginner. Students should have some experience with pattern weaves (ie: overshot, summer and winter) and know how to read a draft.

Instructor: Susan Wilson

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

Fee, payable by check or credit:

         $365 to rent a dressed loom from the Weaving Center

         $340 if dressing/bringing your own loom (warps will be provided ahead of time)

Dates: August 26, 27, 28

Time: 9:30-4:30 (with 1 hour for a lunch break)

Fiber Dyeing Workshop

Discover Fiber Dyeing

It's a fiber lover's delight! Join Tara at the historic Cheney Homestead to dye home spun, roving, woolen warps, or woolen wefts! We will be covering low immersion (hot) and cold water techniques. You will learn about mixing your dyes, the dye process, and how to rinse and dry the fiber out so it's ready for use. We will supply the materials for the cold water techniques but bring your protein-based fiber (wool, silk etc.) for the low immersion dye. The workshop will be outside, rain or shine.

Supply List: Students should bring protein-based (wool, silk, etc) fiber (can be roving, spun or in skeins) as well as the following items: 2 disposable deep wall foil trays and a pair of tongs.

Instructor: Tara Patrina

Location: Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road, Manchester

Fee: $65 (includes a $10 materials fee) payable by check or credit

Dates: July 23

Time: 10:00-12:30

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Above: Colorful dyed roving by Tara Patrina

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.