W05 Exploration of 3-D Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom with Esther Rodgers

Sunday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum – Shed #2

Who says what comes off your loom has to be flat? What if you could create weavings that pop into a 3-dimensional piece when it comes off the loom – weaving things like windchimes and mobiles. This class explores the exciting potential of 3-D weaving. Students will start the day learning the simple warping and threading pattern. The rest of the day will be spent weaving, watching layers appear. At the end of the day students will remove their weavings to see the magic of how they become 3-dimensional. Skill level: Beginner. Maximum number of students: 14.

Students should bring:

  • Rigid heddle loom (12″ min), unwarped.
  • 2 shuttles
  • Assortment of weft yarn
  • Any embellishments they’d like to tie onto fringe
  • Fringe twister if you have one.

Class Code: W05 Class Fee: $110. The class fee for this seminar includes admission to the Festival for the day. Materials Fee: $20.

Esther Rodgers is a full-time fiber artist from Mebane, North Carolina. She is known for her creative art yarns, and her unique fiber preparation, while constantly innovating her spinning techniques to create new textures and is on the cutting edge in terms of yarn design. She loves to design and spin concept yarns from an inspiration and tell stories with her yarns. Esther is also a SAORI weaver and creative knitter which gives her the perspective of how these extra special yarns can be used. She challenges herself by creating garments and other items out of her yarns and woven cloth. Esther is an enthusiastic and patient teacher; possessing both national and international teaching experience. She enjoys the adventure of traveling around, sharing her techniques and fun. Some of the events she has taught at include Iceland spinners group, MAFA, John C. Campbell Folk School, Interweave YarnFest, PLY Away, New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck), Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival (SAFF), Stitches South and Stitches Midwest and for both Ashford Wheels and Looms and Majacraft Camp in New Zealand. She loves to challenge her students to embrace their design elements rather than “mistakes” and to learn from each new spin.

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Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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