Weave an Alpaca Scarf or a Bamboo Scarf on a Rigid Heddle Loom.
Rigid heddle looms produce plain weave cloth on a fun and portable loom. In three weeks (9 hours), students will weave a soft bamboo or a soft and warm alpaca scarf (7” X 72”) with a stripe pattern of your design in luscious colors. The first class will consist of designing the stripe warp and warping the loom using the 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. The student will take the loom home to weave the scarf. The third class will consist of finishing the weaving, taking the scarf off the loom, twisting the 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. Students will need to either go to the instructor’s studio in Waltham to choose fiber and colors before the class begins or contact the instructor with fiber and color choices. A materials fee of $25.00 for the yarns will be paid to the instructor. Please bring a pair of scissors to class. Get ready for the colder weather with this scarf! Class will meet on October 23, October 30 and November 20 to allow for weaving time.
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).