The term “inkle” means ribbon or tape and probably refers to a similarly structured woven band that could have been made on different types of looms. The production of beautiful, decorative bands has become a popular form of weaving today because it is compact and portable. The bands are warp-faced, highly patterned, and used for trims, straps, and belts. They can also be sewn together to form wider fabrics. Students will learn the basics of designing, threading, and weaving on a simple and portable inkle loom. Looms will be available or students may bring their own loom. Materials and handouts included in class price.
Introduction to Felting
Learn to make the oldest known fabric, felt. In this class students will learn about the history of felting and the various breeds of felting wool from sheep, llama and alpaca. Different techniques will be demonstrated for making flat felt, balls, cords and flowers and the students will make samples using these techniques. Before the day is over everyone should have a number of samples. Materials included.