Turning a Beiderwand draft creates clean pattern blocks, better drape and faster, one-shuttle weaving than its traditional supplementary weft method. The resulting threading also adapts easily to weave other structures. Students will 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. This workshop requires at least 6 shafts, though 8 are preferred. Drafts are provided for more shafts if available. Each participant will weave a variety of samples on his/her own loom, as that's the fun of turning this draft. Several different drafts will be provided to offer a variety of designs for discussion.
Activities: Participants will bring/use looms with warps pre-threaded and beamed according to drafts and instructions I will provide in advance. I will allow each participant to choose one of three methods for tensioning a supplementary warp independently from the ground warp. Video tutorials will be provided for each method with warping instructions. Each day will start with lecture, explaining concepts and theory in digestible chunks. Day 1, participants will finish tying on with demos of methods for tensioning supplementary warps. Remaining time will be spent weaving different samples with breaks for hands-on design lessons using weaving software, review of my samples, photos of my work in turned Beiderwand, a show-and-tell tour of participant looms and woven samples and individual help as needed. Day 3 will include a lecture and design exercise to demonstrate further the power of this threading system.To learn more about Karen visit her website at: karendondehandwovens.com
Student equipment/supply list:· 6- or 8-shaft (or more) loom warped according to directions to be provided 6 weeks prior to workshop.(Two warp beams are helpful but not necessary.)· For those without two warp beams — WARPING OPTION 1o bring 3 or 4 empty 20 oz water bottles with tight capso Strong string or cord (carpet warp works fine)o 6-8 large S hookso Very smooth, flat, length of wood at least 11” long and no longer than width of back beam (1/4”-3/8” thick trim molding from home store works fine) Or you can use a raddle.O Something to space the wood molding or raddle off the ground warp, eg. Perforated foam rug pad cut into strips and folded over itself.O 2 medium sized adjustable clamps (most spring clamps don’t open wide enough)· For those without two warp beams — WARPING OPTION 2• Strong, very smooth rod wider than your warp (It should not bow.)• Strong string or cord• 2 large empty gallon bottles with tight lids.· 10/2 perle cotton, tencel, or other smooth, strong yarn of equivalent size for ground warp & weft – about 1,500 yards (more if you want longer warp)· 8/2 tencel or 5/2 perle cotton, or other smooth, strong yarn of similar size for pattern warp - about 800 yards (more if you want longer warp) Contrasting color to ground.· 2 boat shuttles or end-feed shuttles with a few bobbins or pirns· S hooks or other weights for floating selvages· Pen and pencil · If you have a laptop with weaving software, you might find it helpful, but isn’t necessary· The usual weaving supplies & gadgets: scissors, pins, measuring tape, threading & sleying hooks, etc.· Your preferred warping and broken-warp gadgetsShared supplies· Manual or electric bobbin/pirn winders
Location: The BarnDays: Friday - Sunday: September 23 - 25; 9:30am - 4:30pm ; Class ID: 322110630Class Price: $475 Member Price: $450Materials Fee: $25