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Rug Weaving Classes at Dirt Woman Fiber Arts

In May 2018, guest instructor Jason Collingwood returns to the Dirt Woman Fiber Arts Weaving School in White Stone, Virginia to present an introductory class on rug weaving, immediately followed by a workshop on four-end blockweave, or "taquete" technique.  Contact us to register, or join our email list to be one of the first to learn about future rug weaving classes with Jason.
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Plain Weave - An Introduction to Rug Weaving with Jason Collingwood (four day class: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday May TBD, 2018).

An ideal course for those wishing to try out rug weaving for the first time, though with enough 'tricks' to also suit the more experienced weaver. 

Class will begin with a full day of warping and instruction on how to set up one's loom correctly for rug weaving.  Students will learn how to make a strong serviceable rug (plain weave being an excellent structure for rugs).  Initially weaving stripes and spots using two colours, learning how to overcome the selvage problems inherent in each different design.  Clasped wefts, crossed wefts and compensated inlay will be covered, all these new techniques giving the weaver more freedom with design. 

Twining at the beginning and end of the rug, darning in of the loose ends, use of the temple and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving will also be covered.  Concludes with a look at rug finishes, a few of the many finishes will be demonstrated. 

Tuition includes warp and weft yarn required for the workshop.  Bring your own floor loom and weaving accoutrements, or rent one of ours.  Preregistration required.  Contact us for further details.

Four-End Blockweaves and Summer and Winter with Jason Collingwood (three day class: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May TBD 2018)

4-end blockweave (taquete), is an extremely versatile structure for rug weaving. Offering many of the design possibilities that are achievable in 3- end blockweave, it is nonetheless visually very different.

The threading allows for plain weave and this means we can explore summer and winter in this class, opening up a whole new range of design options. Shaft switching in relation to this weave structure will be fully explained.

Tuition includes warp and weft yarn required for the workshop.  Bring your own floor loom and weaving accoutrements, or rent one of ours.  Preregistration required.  Contact us for further details.

Don't forget that we have linen rug warp and Jason's proprietary rug wool on cones in stock at our weaving shop!
Samples from May 2017 Rug Weaving Workshops with Jason Collingwood