Learn to weave on the historic warp-weighted loom. Used for millennia in many parts of the world, the warp-weighted loom is easy to use and is the traditional loom of the Norwegian Sea Sámi even today. In this class, students will learn how to use the warp-weighted loom and weave a small Sámi-inspired rug or blanket (grene). This project is suitable for beginning weavers and for those who want to expand their knowledge of weaving traditions. All materials will be provided by the instructor and are included in the materials fee. Written instructions, books and woven samples will provide inspiration. There is a materials fee of $30 for written instructions and warp yarn, plus cost of bulky weft yarn to weave 4- to 5-foot rug or small blanket (approximately $100-$125). Yarn will be available for purchase during class, and fees are payable to the instructor.
Melba Granlund is a Swedish folk artist and educator with a concentration in weaving, felting, and nålbinding. Melba enjoys traveling and studying the historical aspects of Scandinavian textiles and handcrafts. As a life-long student herself, she has received instruction from masters of these handcrafts in the U.S. as well as in Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark. Melba strives to keep Scandinavian folk-art traditions alive for future generations by teaching and sharing what she has learned with others through various fiber art classes at the Weavers Guild of Minnesota, the Textile Center, American Swedish Institute, and other venues.