Instructor: Gretchen Romey-Tanzer 

Workshop Description:  

Rosepath, Monk's Belt, Overshot, Taqueté and Honeycomb are some of the drafts that can be successfully “turned”.  Some can be woven with a 4-shaft loom but others require 6 or more shafts to be successful.  A common feature to these structures is that the pattern is generated by multiple shuttles with different weft colors or fiber weights.  When the draft is turned it puts all the color into the warp and is woven with a single weft shuttle.  

In this workshop we will look at samples of turned handwoven fabrics and their corresponding drafts.  I will share a collection of resources with the participants of where more information on the subject can be found.  

Time will be spent taking standard drafts, (like rosepath) and redrawing them on graph paper in a turned format.  Once you understand the concept it can be easily put into practice.

Materials/Handouts Fee: None

Participants should bring graph paper (any grid size with which they are comfortable working), a pencil and eraser

Attendee Limit: 22

Teacher Bio: Gretchen Romey-Tanzer started weaving on a floor loom in 1973. She went on to earn a B.F.A. in Woven and Constructed Textile Design, from the School for American Craftsmen in Rochester NY, and an M.F.A. from Indiana University. She also studied weaving in Finland and Canada. Gretchen’s work is generally decorative and nonfunctional works for the wall. Her pieces are in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana. Gretchen’s weaving has received awards for excellence from the American Craft Council, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In 2019, Gretchen had a one-person exhibition at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit, MA. Locally her weaving is on display at the Tanzer Weaving Studio and Gallery in Brewster, MA.

Tackling Turned Drafts


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