This class is designed to introduce new weavers to the basic skills involved in weaving on a floor loom. You will learn how to make a warp, dress the loom, and read threading drafts. The first warp will introduce basic one-shuttle plain weave and twill structures. The second project is a two-shuttle Monk’s Belt design. We will discuss finishing techniques including treatment of ends and blocking. Participants will be introduced to the use of natural fibers, primarily wool and cotton. There will be a materials fee.
Laura Demuth has been a weaver for over 30 years and enjoys all aspects of fiber production, from raising the sheep to taking a finished piece off the loom. Because she lives on a small acreage just seven miles northeast of Decorah, Vesterheim has been a continual source of education and inspiration throughout her weaving career. Laura has focused on traditional weaving structures and techniques, and is a Vesterheim Gold Medalist. She has taught classes in traditional Scandinavian weave structures at Vesterheim and John C. Campbell Folk School.