W01 Freeform Rigid Heddle Weaving with Angela Tong

Wednesday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Shed #2

To free oneself from a conventional way of weaving is sometimes very challenging. In this class we will explore Saori style weaving. There are no mistakes in this style of weaving. It’s all about free expression through your weaving. We will create beautiful and unique woven cloth by using different weaving techniques like clasped weft, adding textures and mixing colors. Skill level: Advanced beginner. Maximum number of students: 15.

Students should bring:

  • Rigid heddle loom with at least 10″ weaving width and 8-dent heddle, unwarped.
  • Clamps, warping peg, threading hook, 2 shuttles.
  • Scissors, tape measure and tapestry needle.
  • An assortment of different weight yarns for weaving. They can be yarn scraps or partial balls/skeins. Textured yarns or bulky yarns can give some fun details to your weaving.
  • 10-15 yards of waste yarn (acrylic worsted weight).
  • 2-3 brown paper grocery bags or thick paper to use as warp separator.

Homework: Yarn should be wound into balls before class.

Class Code: W01 Class Fee: $110. Materials Fee: $10.

Angela Tong is a fiber arts designer living in New Jersey. She designs knitting, crochet and weaving patterns for numerous magazines, books and yarn companies. She also teaches knitting and weaving classes online for www.mybluprint.com and at yarn stores and fiber retreats. You can find DVDs and videos of her pin loom weaving and knitting workshops on Interweave.com. In 2019, she became a brand ambassador for Mirrix Looms. Currently she is working on her first weaving book.

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