Workshops, Classes and Events at Weaving Southwest

Interweave, A Study in Angles

This three-day class in an introduction to or expansion of weaving angles. You will arrive at our studio in the morning and will be assigned your very own Rio Grande Walking Loom. Once everyone gets to know each other, you will learn how to tie up and prepare your loom for weaving. We will briefly discuss color and design before choosing our colors and preparing our yarn. We will begin by weaving a small amount of plain weave… Then come the angles!

We will zig! We will zag! We will create steep angles and shallow angles. We will create diamonds… and diamonds within diamonds! We may even create a circle (which is really just a series of modified angles)! We will cover every type of angle you could imagine and any angle related questions you could have.

Once we have zigzagged our way to the end we will cut our tapestry off the loom and start the finishing process. We will cover finishing techniques, various ways to work with fringe, and our favorite trick of the trade: how to make any weaving beautiful!

You will walk away with your own tapestry runner to hang on your wall, put on your dining table, turn into a pillow or tuck away in your studio to use as a reference when questions come up in your future tapestries. All materials are included, and you will have a huge variety of our hand-dyed yarns to choose from!

This class is limited to 5 students. $390 for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Dates: September 19, 20 & 21, October 7, 8 & 9, January 3, 4 & 5, February 15, 16 & 17

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Habitat, A Study in Verticals

Whether you are interested in weaving traditional Navajo-style designs, contemporary, abstract or even pictorial pieces this class is sure to meet your fancy! During your three days with us you will learn everything you need to know about squares and vertical lines.

Upon arrival to our studio in Arroyo Seco, NM, you will be assigned your very own Rio Grande Walking Loom! After introductions and a brief history of Weaving Southwest, we will discuss color and design and prep our yarn. Before we start weaving we will sketch out our design, creating as many variations on squares as we can. We will start out with a little bit of plain weave, and then jump right into the complex world of vertical joints!

During our time together we will go over both traditional and contemporary aesthetics to join or create vertical lines. We will do this by creating squares within squares, within squares. Some of the techniques we will cover include Dovetailing, Interlocking and the Slit Technique. You will even learn how to create the illusion of an angle, while only using vertical lines!

Once we have created all the different kinds of joints we possibly can, we will cut our tapestries off the loom and start the finishing process. We will cover finishing techniques, various ways to work with fringe and (our favorite trick of the trade) how to make any weaving beautiful!

You will walk away with your own tapestry runner to hang on your wall, put on your dining table, turn into a pillow or tuck away in your studio to use as a reference in your future tapestry endeavors. All materials are included, and you will have a huge variety of our hand-dyed yarns to choose from!

This class is limited to 5 students. $390 for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Dates: October 25, 26 & 27, December 5, 6 & 7, January 17, 18 & 19

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Neptune, A Study in Building

This class is great for the free-spirited people out there! However, this style of weaving can have many practical applications as well. During your three days with us you will have your very own Rio Grande Walking Loom and access to all the hand dyed yarn you can get your hands on.

We will play around with color and design, building up one section of tapestry (or color) at a time. These techniques are great to learn if you want to weave landscapes or pictorial pieces. This style of weaving can be very easy to learn and is a great way to introduce yourself to the vast world of Southwestern-style Tapestry weaving.

This class is limited to 5 students. $390 for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Dates: December 19, 20 & 21, February 6, 7 & 8

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The Little Striped Rug

There is really nothing sweeter than a simple striped rug. During this class, you will be introduced to the techniques used for weaving weft-faced rugs. This is a great introductory course for beginning weavers or weavers new to this type of weaving. However, this class will be fun for anyone who loves weaving!

Upon arrival at our studio, you be assigned your very own Rio Grande Walking Loom. After some discussion about design and color, you will learn how to tie-up your loom. You will then be able to sift through bins of our 80+ colors of Rug Yarn, selecting the perfect colors for your Little Striped Rug. Over the next three days you will weave stripe after stripe, incorporating some simple, fun techniques like Pick n' Pick and Wavy Line, creating a beautiful weaving of your own. Once you are ready to cut your weaving off the loom, you will learn various finishing techniques and a trade secret: how to make any weaving beautiful!

This class is limited to 5 students. $390 for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Brook Hemenway

Dates: October 11, 12 & 13, December 12, 13 & 14, December 27, 28 & 29

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Stream of Consciousness

"A weaving meditation. Center yourself in each moment and work spontaneously without a pattern. The magic begins when your attention resides in your hands and your mind is free to wander. Trust your intuition and arrive at the end of your weaving journey with a free-form wonder!" Brook Hemenway, Instructor

During this class you will be working on your very own Rio Grande Walking Loom and you will have access to a huge array of our hand-dyed yarns. You will spend three days weaving as described above. Once you are ready to cut your weaving off the loom, you will learn various finishing techniques and the final steps to make your weaving beautiful!

This class is limited to 5 students. $390 for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Brook Hemenway

Dates: September 26, 27 & 28, January 9, 10 & 11

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Each class is limited to 5 students and the cost is $390 for all 3 days, with all materials included. To register, please contact us at phone number 575.758.0433 or email us at weaving@weavingsouthwest.com. We look forward to hearing from you!