Weaving Workshops on Wednesday Mornings

Morning workshops meet from 10:00am until noon.  They provide an opportunity to broaden one's understanding of weaving and related areas.  Click teacher's name for biography. Sign up, and get inspired! For the quick overview have a look at Workshop Calendar.

Core Curriculum: To enhance the education program, the Guild has instituted a Core Curriculum. The notation ‘CC’ next to a workshop title indicates that class is part of the Core Curriculum. Click here for a table showing the Core Curriculum.

Fee and Registration Information can be found at the end of the page.

Unless otherwise specified, morning workshops are on the 2nd floor of the church. Handouts/materials fees are payable by cash or check to the teacher at the start of the workshop.

September 14, 2016

Dye Recipe and Sample Books of Alexander and Duncan Wright Lowell MA 1828-1846
Sandra Rux

As part of my ongoing research into early ingrain carpet manufacturing (1820-1840), I recently discovered these books of dye recipes and samples kept by Alexander and John Wright at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA. Both were sons of Duncan Wright who came in 1811 from Paisley, Scotland to Rhode Island where he set up a bleachery and then became involved in early calico printing. Alexander Wright imported several looms from Scotland for the manufacture of ingrain carpet in Medfield MA. This was bought out by the Boston Manufacturing Co and moved to Lowell (the same people who started the Lowell cotton mills). The largest of the recipe and sample books belonged to John Wright, with some recipes noted as coming from Alexander and a section from Duncan Wright. One of the most exciting notations for me was “recipes for dying wool for carpet at the old Medfield factory” dated 1828. These are followed by colors used for carpet at Lowell in 1832. I will discuss the evolution of colors, how the formulas emphasizing fastness were important to carpet manufacturing and how new formulas and dye stuffs were changing the preparation of yarn for carpet weaving and cloth for cylinder printing. I will have copies of some of the recipes and results of my experiments with them.

Borden Bag

Materials/Handouts Fee:  $0.50
Attendee Limit: 15

Apprentice Rating Help Workshop
Debbie Watson

This is an informal session which aims to clarify any questions that aspirants for the Apprentice Rating might have and to provide any needed guidance in the weaving, finishing and presentation of submissions. In addition to your questions, please bring the PRINTED RATINGS SECTION OF YOUR YEARBOOK or a PRINTED OUT SECTION OF THE YEARBOOK PDF if that is how you access the information. Please also arrive having carefully read the GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS as well as the requirements for the APPRENTICE RATING.

Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

Diversified Plain Weave
Jayne Flanagan

Workshop Description: A lecture and demo will delve into this interesting thick and thin pattern weave. Thick and thin threads are used in both the warp and weft. The thin threads provide the stable background grid, and pattern is created by selecting which thick thread will appear on the surface. The fabric is closely tied, giving the effect of no floats, and creating distinct patterns. The fabric can be solid or very fluid, yet still stable. Aside from the off-putting name the challenges of warping and weaving with thick and thin threads are most likely the reason that this structure is seldom used; however it deserves to be tried because the pattern-making (including pick-up) is easy to understand. This class is suitable for adventurous weavers. Bring note taking supplies. Bring examples of DPW to show and tell.


Materials/Handouts Fee: $2
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

What’s in a Name?
Linda Lincoln

Want to understand overshot? Follow a few name draft principles to make your own overshot draft. You will then understand the parts, alter them, and create your own patterns. You will be able to commemorate a special occasion, send a secret message, or just understand overshot better. Participants should know what overshot is. Students should bring: graph paper, colored pencils, and a motto, phrase, or name. Not required, but a good addition is a computer with a weaving program.


Materials/Handouts Fee:  None
Attendee Limit:  Room Capacity

October 5, 2016

Sectional Warping
Phyllis Leck

I will be using a folding floor loom to demonstrate sectional warping for a quick set up of a loom with a sectional back beam. I have been using this technique for setting up my looms for faster and more accurate warps since I have found that warping on a warping board is slow and tension changes. Students will be helping to put on the warp. Handouts will be provided.

Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

Beginning Tapestry Weaving
Louise Abbott

Session 1 of 2

The Goal is to enable weavers interested in tapestry weaving to develop a basic understanding of the fundamentals of the process and help them complete a small tapestry sampler.

Discussions will include:

  • Looms and equipment used
  • Choosing the right warp and weft and understanding their relationship.
  • Warping the loom, warp spacing (sett), tension
  • Starting and finishing a tapestry - Consider your endings before you begin
  • Weaving from the front vs the back
  • Weaving techniques: Meet and separate, bubbling, even edges
  • Shapes, stripes, slits, textures
  • Color and hatching
  • Function of a cartoon
  • Problem solving
  • Finishing and final presentation of a tapestry
  • Record keeping

A bibliography will be provided with photocopied notes. Warp and some weft yarns will be provided. A small frame loom will be provided for each student by the WGB, on loan and courtesy of the Fuller Craft Museum.

Materials/Handouts Fee: $10 (covers both sessions)
Attendee Limit:  8

Introduction to Fiberworks
Beth Guertin

This workshop will explore the basics of Fiberworks PWC. Bring your laptop (if you have one) with Fiberworks installed and your questions; learn how to use the different features of the program. The instructor will have two laptops for students to use. Handouts will be provided.

Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit: Room capacity

Bead Weaving
Andrea Garr

Together using glass cubes and round beads you will create a woven cuff bracelet. You will learn an ancient beading technique, but with contemporary styling. Your creation will be mounted on a silver or brass cuff of your choosing. We will also explore other options for completing woven beads, including clasps and button closures. Examples of other woven bead bracelets will be available for inspiration for future projects. The materials kit will include beads (you get to choose from a number of colorways), cuff bracelet, thread, and needles. Looms are provided and available for purchase with price ranging from $12 - $50.


Materials/Handouts Fee: $16
Attendee Limit:  8

November 9, 2016

The Joy of Bateman
Cathie Chung and Diane Smith

This workshop shares the results of our study of the 6 Bateman monographs using Just Our Yarns (JOY) hand painted yarns for warp, tabby and pattern. Focus is on Dr. Bateman’s threading rules. There will be a minimum of theory with a maximum of color and texture. Lots and lots of samples to see and feel!


Materials/Handouts Fee: $6
Attendee Limit:  20

Beginning Tapestry Weaving – Session 2
Louise Abbott

Session 2 of 2

See October listing for workshop description.

Materials/Handouts Fee: Paid in October
Attendee Limit: 8

Woven Greeting Cards
Penny Lacroix

Weave a set of paper greeting cards to use for the holidays. The instructor will bring samples and card stock. Students may bring photo prints to use if desired. Adventurous students may wish to bring fabric scraps. Participants will go home with finished products and plenty of ideas.

This class is appropriate for weavers of all levels, including non-weavers. The complexity is based on the student’s own ability and imagination. This project was originally developed as part of an artist-in-residence program for a summer camp. It was designed to be adaptable to various ages and abilities.

Supplies: Everyone bring paper cutting scissors.


  • Photos of any size (printed on photo paper)
  • Fabric (handwoven or commercial) and fabric scissors
  • Empty envelopes (to match your cards to the envelope size.) Sometimes your local card shop will give out a few extra mismatched envelopes if you ask.

Materials/Handouts Fee:  $3
Attendee Limit:  20

Designing Placemats, Runners, and Towels
Norma Smayda

"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris.

Napery suggests fine functional items for household use. Whether the lowly kitchen towel or an elegant table cloth, each piece should be designed with care, using appropriate weave structures and fibers. We will look at twills, lace, crepe and patterned weaves, some unusual weaves I've gleaned from my Scandinavian studies, and of course plain weave. We will discuss proper finishing techniques. There will be lots of examples to look at. This workshop is for beginning weavers and those who are looking for inspiration for their future projects. Handouts will include a few unusual drafts. Bring paper and pencil.

Lesley samples

Materials/Handouts Fee:  $1
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

December & January:  Winter Break

Alpacas in Snow

February 8, 2017

Library Treasures

Explore a selection of Sample Notebooks from the WGB Library collection. Notebooks will be displayed (by topic) on tables in the meeting room in the morning for close up perusal. These sample notebooks cannot be taken out of the library – so this is an excellent opportunity to view a good part of the collection. In the afternoon we will view some of the newer DVDs that the library has acquired.

Instructor or Leader if any: Joanne Germaine, Linda Snook, Carol McClennen, Mary Mandarino

March 8, 2017

Woven Beaded Pouches
Connie Lippert

Weave a beaded pouch on a chipboard loom. A chipboard loom offers the ultimate in portability and an easy way to use up bits of leftover yarn to make something special. Gain an understanding of how chipboard looms can be formed into many different sizes and shapes to make small take-along weaving projects.


Materials/Handouts Fee: $4
Attendee Limit: 25

Loom Adaptations, Tool Modification, and “Weave Hacks”
Suzi Ballenger

“Weave Hacks” is a new term that directs a weavers attention to the mutability of their looms and tools. Yes, we can manipulate our equipment to change the expected outcome of a weave structure. And we can do it easily and economically when we take time to observe and analyze what we do and are trying to achieve with our textile work.

This presentation will give new meaning to the understanding of the equipment and tools weavers use. The more we examine what our looms and accessories actually do, the broader the opportunities become for what these tools CAN do! Looking at our equipment with a fresh perspective allows creativity and originality to flourish. Join me to learn how to “hack” into our equipment and weave structures to create a very personal voice to our work.

Materials/Handouts Fee:  None
Attendee Limit: Room capacity

West African Strip Cloth
Peggy Hart

Narrow fabric looms are used in many West African countries to weave strips, which are then sewn together lengthwise to make large rectangles. These are worn as wrappers by both men and women, or used as blankets. Alternating warp stripes, weft face sections, and elaborate weft brocade in the strips result in spectacular graphic block patterning when sewn together. Peggy will discuss the history of West African strip cloth, and show images of both the weaving process and finished pieces. She will also bring examples from her collection of Ewe and Ashanti kente (Ghana), and Dogon and Fulani pieces (Mali).

Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit: Room capacity

Evaluating Natural Fiber Yarns
Debbie Kaplan

Yarns are a weaver’s raw materials. A project can be successful or not depending on the yarns we use. We will be discussing yarns in terms of fiber included and construction characteristics. We will discuss a variety of uses and why certain yarns might be more or less appropriate. We will build a sample set of yarns with evaluations. Each participant should bring in 3 natural fiber yarns you would like evaluated to include in the sample sets, a pair of scissors and a pen or pencil.

Materials/Handouts Fee: $3
Attendee Limit: Room capacity

April 12,2017

Fashioning the Past:  Textiles in 17th century New and Old England
Pilgrim Interpreter in costume

Vicki Oman, Plimoth interpreter, will discuss her daily life, the significance of textiles, and how first-person interpretation is used at Plimoth Plantation.

Borden Bag

Materials/Handouts Fee:  None
Attendee Limit:  Room capacity

Fabric Analysis
Carol Birtwistle

Have you ever admired a beautiful piece of fabric and wanted to duplicate the pattern or weave your own interpretation only to be stopped short because you did not know how to analyze the structure of the fabric? Learn how to pick apart a piece of fabric thread by thread, transferring this information to graph paper in order to draft a draw up. The completed draw up will include not only the threading but the tie-up and treadling order as well. We will also discuss how to determine warp direction, ends per inch, picks per inch and fiber content. The workshop will begin by reviewing drafting nomenclature to establish a common vocabulary, then move on to analyze pieces of woven fabric that I will provide for each participant. For this hands on program you need to bring a pencil, eraser, ruler, graph paper (preferably 6 to 8 squares per inch), needle and thread, a T-pin or large needle. A magnifying glass or linen tester will be helpful but not necessary. Skill Level: Basic knowledge of drafting.

Materials/Handouts Fee:  $2
Attendee Limit:  12

Deflected Doubleweave
Muffy Young

In deflected double weave, color A weaves with color B, and the two structures interlace. Drafting can be challenging, so actually weaving is the best way to learn about this interesting technique and its possibilities. This is a hands-on workshop. You will bring your loom dressed for a sampler of patterns, colors alternating (students will be provided with loom dressing instructions prior to the class). For show and tell, Muffy will bring a suitcase full of her current work as well as swatches and samples from the early years of weaving deflected double weave before the technique had a name.


Materials/Handouts Fee:  None
Attendee Limit:  Room Capacity

Moorman Technique
Barbara Provest

Theo Moorman -- Artist-Weaver

We’ll begin with “How to use a warping paddle” demonstration and progress to Theo’s “exercises”. While she loved tapestries, they were too slow for her. She wanted to produce pattern freely over an area and developed her cloth structures using an inlay technique: ground warp on 2 shafts and a very much finer tie-down warp threaded on another 2 shafts. She studied and suggested we study the works of Klee, Moore, Hepworth, Nicholson, de Stael and Kandinsky that gave her inspiration.

Various examples of inlay shuttles will be studied. Finally we will study the fan-shaped reed she designed for her added narrow spiral strips that gave her work another dimension.

Materials/Handouts Fee: None
Attendee Limit: Room capacity



$18 for members ($36 for a two session workshop) if paid10 days before the class; $23 if paid less than 10 days before the class. $25 for non-members ($50 for a two session workshop), if paid 10 days before the class, $30 if paid less than 10 days before the class, pending space available

Unless otherwise specified with the class description, fees for materials or handouts are paid to the teacher by cash or check at the start of the workshop.


The summer Bulletin contains an application form.  Or, click Registration Form*, fill it out and mail to the specified address with your total session fees.   Include a self-addressed and stamped envelope (SASE) or email address for confirmation.

If you have any questions, email morningworkshops@weaversguildofboston.org.

Cancellation Policy

There will be a refund (in the form of a voucher) in only the following situations:  cancellation by the instructor, inclement weather, or unforeseen serious circumstances with one week advance to the Morning Workshop Chair, morningworkshops@weaversguildofboston.org

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