Class: Beyond Easy Weaving - Clasped Weft

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Class Level: Beginner (a little experience)
Instructor: Kennedy Berry

Weft Interlock, also known as Clasped Weft, is a creative technique that will allow you to shift colors lengthwise along your projects to create unique shapes and patterns.

This class will teach you how to do both 2-color and 3 (or more) color weft interlock, and how to modify the technique to be less bulky. 

Prerequisites: Students should have woven a few simple projects on a Rigid Heddle loom and be comfortable warping independently. 

Materials Needed:

Lace or fingering weight yarn in a solid color for warp (see warping instructions below)
2-3 colors of weft yarn, wound into center pull balls:

Almost any yarn will work for this technique but avoid yarns that are thicker than a worsted weight or very textured &/or fuzzy for class. Be sure that you are using similar weight yarns for all of your weft yarns (ie. all sock yarns or all worsted weight yarns)

Rigid Heddle loom with an appropriate dent heddle for your yarn choices (see warping instructions below)
2 stick or boat shuttles.

Warping Instructions:

Students should come to class with their looms warped as follows:

If your weft yarn is a DK or Worsted weight, choose a fingering weight yarn for your warp and set up your loom with an 8 or 10 dent heddle.

If your weft yarn is a Sport or Fingering weight, choose a lace weight yarn for your warp and set up your loom with a 10 or 12 dent heddle.

Warp your loom 6-12 inches wide and as long or short as you like (ie. for a sample, pillow or wall hanging: 1-1.5 yds, for a scarf or table runner 1.5-2.5 yds).

Recreating the Class Sample:

The class sample is woven with Habu Silk Wrapped Silk (2 cones) for the Warp and Woolfolk Tynd (1 skein each of two colors) for the Weft. The Habu is a slightly challenging warp yarn and only recommended for more adventurous weavers, Alchemy Silken Straw (1 skein) will create a similar effect with less difficulty, or the Tynd would also look good with another laceweight yarn such as Silky Alpaca Lace, Manos Lace, or Findley in the warp. 

It was warped 8" wide x 2 yds long using a 10 dent heddle.

If you'd like to recreate the sample, both of these warps will have very little stretch and it's recommended to lash on rather than tie on. Unless you have done this before, please leave your ties loose after you are done threading the loom and I will show you how to lash on your warp at the beginning of class.

1. If you would prefer to sign-up over the phone, call HCW at 707-7396 with credit card information to secure a spot.

2. There is a $2 cancellation fee. A 5-day notice is required for cancellation without additional penalty. Cancellations made within 5 days of a class are subject to a 50% class charge. Cancellations made the day of class and no-shows are not refundable.

3.Classes may be cancelled in the event of insufficient sign-ups (less than 3 students) - if we cancel a class you will be notified the week before by phone & will be given a full refund.

Category: class, weaving

Type: Class

Vendor: Hill Country Weavers

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