Instructor: Tom Knisely

Workshop Description: Rag weaving has always appealed to me.  Whether I’m weaving a rag rug or a table runner and matching place mats, the idea that you are recycling discarded fabrics into a new work of art is very satisfying to me.  I have warped and woven many dozens of rag rugs but my latest interests have taken me into the study of the Japanese rag weaving known as Sakiori.  During this mini workshop you will be shown how to easily prepare your rags for weaving.  We will discuss different warp materials that are suitable for rag weaving and why you might choose one thread over another for the best finished results.  Students will then start to weave their own rag sampler on their prewarped looms.  I have developed a warp that includes three different color arrangements into a single design.  I promise you that you can cut and weave any patterned cotton fabric into one of these warps and be pleasantly surprised how wonderful it looks.  We are going to discuss different finishing techniques for your rag woven pieces.  

Students will be sent a threading draft several weeks prior to the class so they can have the loom warped and ready to weave.  There will also be a material and supply list included with the warping instructions.  Because of the short time length of this workshop, many of you will continue to weave and then finish your piece later at home.  I will bring an unfinished piece to demonstrate how to finish your work.   If you have never woven with rags but the idea sounds intriguing to you, please come and let me show you what a joy it is to weave with rags.   


Supplies: A material and supply list included with the warping instructions.  

Materials/Handouts Fee: None

Attendee Limit: 15

Weaving With Rags


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