Rigid heddle looms produce plain weave cloth on a fun and portable loom. In three weeks (9 hours), students will weave a bamboo scarf (finished size 6” X 72”) with lace stripes and then either sew the scarf together to create an infinity scarf or twist fringe. The first class will consist of choosing colors and warping the loom using a direct warping method. To warp the loom students walk back and forth between the loom and a peg positioned the length of the warp. Students will walk a distance of approximately 9 feet, approximately 50 times to complete this part of the project. The second week weaving will begin and the use of a pick-up stick to create lace stripes (optional) will be taught. Students will take the loom home to weave their scarf between classes. The final class will consist of taking the scarf off the loom, sewing the infinity scarf or twisting fringe, and learning how to wash the scarf. Schacht Cricket Looms will be provided for students use (and can be purchased from the instructor). These looms are small and light weight enough to be carried in a canvas tote bag provided by the instructor. A materials fee of $20.00 for the yarns will be paid to the instructor. Students may come to the instructors studio in Waltham to choose their colors prior to the first night of class. Please bring scissors to class. Note that the class meets for two weeks, May 20 and 27 and then skips a week to provide weaving time. The final class meets on June 10.
BETH CEDERBERG GUERTIN has been a weaver for more than forty years, and has a strong local and regional reputation for her knowledge and support of weaving and the fiber arts. She has been involved with teaching weaving for more than thirty years, first through her store in Arlington (The Batik and Weaving Supplier), and now through her studio in Waltham (A Place to Weave).