Horizontal TabsDescription Learn how easy it is to warp and weave on a rigid heddle loom and make your own custom fabric and garments in this one-day workshop. Saturday, February 20, 2016 Registration Fee: $95 This course is now closed. Learn how easy it is to warp and weave on a rigid heddle loom and make your own custom fabric and garments in this one-day workshop lead by fiber artist, Nancy McRay. Inexpensive and portable, the rigid heddle loom is the equivalent of a 2-harness loom and is a great for weaving simple, light fabric pieces like placemats, table runners, scarves and shawls. Participants will learn how to set-up (warp) a loom and how to make a plain weave fabric. Translating basic instructions from popular magazines and weaving vocabulary will also be covered. If there is time and interest, students will also explore how to make textures with a pick-up stick. For students with more advanced skills, additional techniques may be explored by consulting with the instructor. Students should bring a rigid heddle loom (any width), an 8 dent heddle, warping peg, heddle hook, a pick up stick, scissors, a notebook and two colors (200 yards each) of worsted weight wool. 100% wool is specified for maximum success in this first project. If new to weaving, participants may contact email@example.com regarding sources to purchase a loom or may inquire about reserving a rental loom or 8 dent heddle. Please reserve your loom or heddle at least 2 weeks in advance. All skill levels are welcome. Faculty Nancy McRay Instructor of Visual Arts, Interlochen College of Creative Arts Artistic Director, Interlochen Fiber Arts Weekend Schedule Supplies Beginning Weaving: Rigid Heddle Loom Supplies Students must bring the following: *Rigid Heddle Loom with an 8 dent reed/heddle (see notes below) Warping tools that come with loom (warping peg, dowels, heddle hook, etc.) A pick up stick Two colors of worsted weight yarn (natural fibers--about 160 yards of each). 100% wool is specified for maximum success. *Notes about the Rigid Heddle Loom: The instructor prefers to teach using the Schacht rigid heddle loom as seen here: http://schachtspindle.com/item/flip-folding-rigid-heddle-loom/ Preferably, a 15" or 20" loom is best. However, if you own a different brand/type of rigid heddle loom, the instructor will be happy to work with you. If you are seeking to purchase a Schacht rigid heddle loom, a list of dealers may be found here: http://schachtspindle.com/find-a-dealer/ The looms come with many of the items you will need, however, a dealer may be able to assist you with any accessories you may need. If you are not yet ready to purchase a loom for yourself, up to 4 rigid heddle looms will be available on loan during the class to students. These looms may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reserve your loom at least two weeks in advance of the workshop.