Backstrap Weaving Introduction with Dawn Livera

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Date(s) - 06/06/2020
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Trillium Park


2 Saturdays June 6, 13, 12noon-5pm

Trillium Park

$207 &  3 credits

Backstrap weaving is an ancient type of weaving that was (and still is) used in many parts of the world. This simple style of weaving is easy to learn, requires very little equipment and is very portable. 

It is especially well suited to weaving strong narrow bands that can be used as belts, straps and bag handles.

 In this workshop, students will set up a backstrap loom and learn some weaving techniques and simple patterns. During the first class, students will learn to prepare a loom for weaving and will learn the basics of weaving a narrow cotton band. Students will be able to take their loom home to continue weaving between classes if they like. The second class will cover removing the completed weaving from the loom and various finishing methods. Students will also learn to plan a project, and they will rewarp the loom (in either cotton or wool) to take home to continue weaving on their own.

Dawn Livera has been weaving since the dark ages of the last century. She prefers to use simple looms and does most of her weaving on a rigid heddle loom. She has spent time in Mexico, Guatemala and Peru learning about the backstrap (and other) weaving traditions of those places.