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Classes at Lovelyarns!

Added on by Clare Nicholls.

I started teaching weaving classes at Lovelyarns, a local yarn store here in Baltimore back in October. I teach weaving on floor looms as well as tapestry lap looms. I love teaching.

Lovelyarns has a small weaving classroom with four floor looms, each an eight shaft Macomber.

My students are wonderful-- they're often experienced knitters wanting to get into something different. I have to tell them that I don't know anything about knitting yarn weights and their eyes get wide.  They're always full of he best questions. "How do I--?" and they'll motion with their hands. My answer: "A zig-zag pattern? That's called a twill..." 

It was very exciting to work with a single woven structure this past April. I had students weaving waffle weave, but experimenting with color. We discussed how color interacts between the warp and the weft, and how certain colors next to each other change under the eye.

Tapestry classes have been exciting as well. I always ask what weavers a student has been looking at, because that changes the techniques we focus on in class. You love wild, fluffy roving, eccentric wefts? Let's do that. More into geometry? Let's build some shapes. I make sure to ground students in good technique-- weft bubbling, yarn handling, etc, because in order to understand their goals, they have to know how the grid can get them there.

I also had the pleasure (no pictures, though) of helping out a private student figure out a loom she had gotten off of Craigslist. Some screws needed to be tightened, but the wood was sound and there wasn't any rusted metal. We had a great couple of hours playing and discussing the differences between floor looms with treadles and table looms with levers.

Workshop: Dye and Weaving Workshop

Added on by Clare Nicholls.

I'm excited to announce a duo of workshops in conjunction with Wax and Wane Fiber! Both will be hosted at the Four Hour Day Lutherie.

Sunday, November 13th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. learn how to dye yarn with natural dyes. Local experts Wax and Wane will be providing materials, dyes, and instruction on hand-dyeing yarn. Walk away with some mini skeins-- but hold onto them for the next week! The following Sunday, November 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., learn how to use that dyed yarn to weave a tapestry. Explore color choices, shapes, and materials on your own wooden tapestry loom.

I'm so excited for these workshops-- Claire and Ashton are an amazing team with such passion for their craft. The Four Hour Day Lutherie is a gorgeous space and guitar workshop. The looms for the weaving workshop were made there! With all of these beautiful making vibes around, we're certain to make marvelous work of our own.

Buy Tickets Here!

Where: Four Hour Day Lutherie (4305 Harford Road, Baktimore, MD 21214)
When: Sunday, November 13 (Dye your yarn), 
           Sunday, November 20th (Weave your yarn) from 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.