Monday, April 23, 2012

Classes on my mind

This is what I see on the side of our house and around many houses in our Hunter's Run neighborhood.  I love purple flox, I enjoy the dogwood and red bud as I take my morning walk through our neighborhood. The many signs of Spring.

Spring also conjures up thoughts of renewal and refreshing and reward.  It's also a good to learn something new.  The Warp and Weave class being offered on June 30 in my Poolesville MD home studio is a great way to learn a new skill.  We will spend the day learning about the parts of a loom, how they work together to place vertical threads (warp) on them and how you weave in the weft threads to create beautiful scarves, shawls, table runners, napkins.  The list of things you can weave is almost endless.

 This is my friend Jordan modeling a scarf I wove on my Cricket loom.
It took me about 20 minutes to warp the loom, 10 minutes to thread the loom, and 10 minutes to finish up the preparations to start weaving.  You can do these things just as quickly with a little practice.

Learn to Weave and make three samplers and a scarf in the classes on Saturday, July 14, 21 and 28.  This summer class session will take you much further in your weaving studies.  The class meets weekly from 10am to 3pm.  Class size is limited to 4 people which allows for individual attention.

Take both classes and get a 20% discount!  Try weaving in June, if you like it and want to learn more, sign up for July and save $25!

Scarves and weaving in general is a great stash buster!  If, like me, you have a collection of yarn you have purchased over the years, you can now use those yarns to make things for your home and scarves for gifts.  In just one weekend, you can complete a project like the scarf pictured here and wear it to work on Monday.
A happy customer!!

Want to learn to knit?  I am holding a one-day Knit-In on Saturday, June 23rd from 10am to 2pm.  Bring knitting needles and worsted weight yarn and learn to knit.  Or, bring along a project you tried to knit and were unable to complete.  Find a pattern you want to make and are unsure how, bring it along and we can work on figuring it out.  Registration required in advance.  Contact Claudia at

Interested in purchasing a loom, spinning wheel or other accessories?  I am a Schacht dealer and will be happy to help you choose the right loom or spinning wheel for your needs.

Feel free to contact me for private classes.  My email address is I am available during the week and certain weekends.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Rigid heddle weaving in a day

This was the view as I finished my morning walk today.  It inspired me to consider simplifying my rigid heddle weaving classes.  Three Saturdays of class is almost decadent so I have decided to teach Rigid Heddle Weaving in 1 day.
That's right, a one day, all day classes to warp the loom and weave a sample.  If you want to learn more, I can schedule more.
So, I will be teaching how to warp and weave on a Rigid Heddle loom on Saturday, April 28th from 9am to 4pm.  All classes are held in my Poolesville, Maryland studio.  Class will begin with how to warp the loom and end with finishing techniques.  It's a condensed introduction to weaving on a rigid heddle loom.  All classes include the loom and materials needed to warp and weave.  For more information and to reserve you place, contact Claudia at or

Rigid Heddle Weaving in a day will also be offered on Saturday, June 30 from 9am to 4pm.  In addition,  the three session In Depth Rigid Heddle Weaving class is available on Saturday, July 14, 21, and 28.  In the longer class, we will warp the rh loom 3 times, create 3 different projects and work with both direct and indirect warping methods.  Contact Claudia at

Last weekend, I attended a class in Color and Weaving with Su Butler.  It was an excellent class with so much valuable information I almost felt my head explode.  I have not had formal training in color theory and this class gave me the background information I wanted.  There is no single book available on weaving and color so this class is extremely unique.  Su is a very good teacher and covers a load of material throughout the weekend.  We spent 3 days studying color, value, intensity and how to use this information in your weaving.  I hope to post new projects soon and discuss my choices for colors based on what I learned in this class.

This past weekend was spent celebrating Passover with our family Seder of 12 people.  We had a rousing good time and I found a wonderful model for all my scarves, ponchos and shawls in Craig's girlfriend, Jordan who is pictured here wearing a houndstooth scarf I wove.  This is a great, lightweight scarf that will soon be for sale on our Lotsaknots Etsy site.

Have a great week and Happy weaving!!