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 + tax for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Upcoming classes with available space:
June 10,11 & 12 (Only 3 spaces available!)
Aug. 19, 20 & 21 (New Date - 5 spaces available)
Sep. 12, 13 & 14 (New Date - 5 spaces available)
Sep. 21, 22 & 23 (New Date - 4 spaces available)
Oct. 23, 24 & 25 (5 spaces available)

Full/past/rescheduled classes:
May 29, 30 & 31 (rescheduled/canceled)
August 1, 2, 3 (FULL)
November 12, 13 & 14 (rescheduled/canceled)

 

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 + tax for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Upcoming classes with available space:
July 17, 18 & 19 (Only 1 space available!)
Sep. 8, 9 & 10 (New Date - 5 spaces available)
Dec. 17, 18 & 19 (5 spaces available)

Full/past/rescheduled classes:
May 23, 24, 25 (rescheduled)
August 5, 6, 7 (FULL)
October 27, 28, 29 (FULL)

 

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 + tax for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Upcoming classes with available space:
June 18, 19 & 20 (Only 3 spaces available!)
Sep. 25, 26 & 27 (Only 1 space available!)
Nov. 20, 21 & 22 (5 spaces available)
Dec. 3, 4 & 5 (5 spaces available)

Full/past/rescheduled classes:
July 22, 23, 24 (rescheduled/canceled)

 

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 + tax for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Brook Hemenway

 


Upcoming classes with available space:
July 1, 2 & 3 (4 spaces available)
Sep. 4, 5 & 6 (4 spaces available)
Nov. 28, 29 & 30 (4 spaces available)

Full/past/rescheduled classes:
May 15, 16, 17 (FULL)

 

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 + tax for 3 days, all materials included. Instructor: Brook Hemenway

Upcoming classes with available space:
Aug. 15, 16 & 17 (5 spaces available)
Oct. 10, 11 & 12 (Only 3 spaces available!)
Dec. 12, 13 & 14 (5 spaces available)

Full/past/rescheduled classes:
June 5, 6, 7 (FULL)

 

Structure, The Southwestern Way

Let me start with this: I am not a fabric weaver. Though I admire weavers who work in that realm, I have no personal interest in working with more than 4 harnesses, re-threading my loom often or messing around with a reed finer than 8 dents per inch. However, I do love playing around in the world of simple structure, relying on the beauty of the fibers I am working with and simple plays on structure to create rugs, pillows, apparel, blankets, etc. For this class, we will be warped up in a basic twill with a skeleton tie-up (if those terms just made your brain feel like mush, no worries - you will totally understand what I mean by the end of class). We will weave with yarns of various textures, weights and colors, using simple treadling techniques to create an array of samples. We will explore warp-faced, weft-faced, balanced, plain, tabby and basket weaves, as well as basic 1/3 and 2/2 twills. We will also discuss various finishing techniques associated with each type of weave. By the end of class, you will have a solid understanding of basic structure and the knowledge to create a huge variety of woven textiles... without ever having to re-thread your loom! This class will also give you a solid foundation to further explore the world of more advanced structures. This class is meant for people who haven't spent much time exploring structure or who have a solid understanding of one type of weave (weft-faced tapestry, for example) and want to explore further possibilities. The techniques learned in this class can be applied to 4-harness looms, tapestry and Navajo-style looms and backstrap looms, to name a few.

$390 + tax, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Upcoming classes with available space:
June 26, 27 & 28 (only 1 space available!)


Double-Double

Double-faced, double-width and tubular weaving will be the topics of this course. Like the Structure class, this class is meant to be an exploration of simple treadling techniques, coupled with beautiful yarns, to create amazing textiles. We will use various weights, textures and colors of yarn to create a variety of samples. The techniques learned in this class will give you the ability to weave double-faced blankets, tapestries, saddle blankets, rugs, tubular pillows, purses, bedrolls, 40" wide pieces on a 20" wide loom... and so on. Double-faced, double-width and tubular weaving can be mystifying when read in a book, but once put into practice and with a little guidance it can really open up a whole new world of weaving possibilities. By the end of class you will have a solid understanding of how this all works and the ability to weave, well, some really amazing textiles. The possibilities of the techniques are only limited by one's imagination. This class is meant for people who have never really explored this style of weaving before.

$390 + tax, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Upcoming classes with available space:
August 28, 29 & 30 (Only 4 spaces available)
December 7, 8 & 9 (Only 3 spaces available)

 

 The 1st Tapestry

The 1st Tapestry is geared towards those who have taken a few classes with us or have a good understanding of Southwestern-style tapestry techniques, but who struggle to pull these techniques together to create a true tapestry, a work of art. We will spend 5 days discussing and exploring color, design and technique. All the while, weaving a harmonious tapestry with an array of our handdyed tapestry yarn. At the end of class we will cover the various finishing techniques that increase the aesthetic and value of a handwoven tapestry. Each student will walk away with their very own, handwoven tapestry and the confidence to delve deeper into the artistic realm of handwoven textiles.

$590 + tax, all materials included. Instructor: Teresa Loveless

Upcoming classes with available space:
October 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 (Only 4 spaces available)

 

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!