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SOLD OUT Nordic Craft Workshop: Build and Weave on a Tabletop Warp-Weighted Loom

Friday, October 18, 2019 - 9:00am

This class meets on Friday October 18 through Sunday, October 20, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day

Build your own tabletop warp weighted loom, then learn to weave on it! This unique class takes a Viking-era design and scales it down to a portable and easy to use tabletop loom. On the first day, students will work at the Women’s Woodshop in South Minneapolis to build their own loom with modern day power tools. No previous experience is required, as Jess Hirsch, an experienced woodworking instructor, will guide students through the use of a table saw, miter saw, bandsaw and drill to cut and assemble all the pieces of their loom.

On Saturday and Sunday, students will move to the American Swedish Institute’s Berglund Studio classroom to warp their loom with stone weights and begin weaving a rya wall hanging or pillow top under the instruction of Melba Granlund. Large ryas were woven on full sized looms during the Viking age to be used as bed covers or cloaks, often with fleece locks woven in one side to give the look of a sheep skin, so students will have a choice of many colors of Swedish wool yarn and fleece locks for their project. Although this is a great class for experienced weavers looking to create a new tool and practice rya techniques, this class also welcomes beginning weavers with an accessible project and the tools they need to finish their weaving at home. Students may not finish their weaving in class, but finishing techniques will be discussed.

An additional $90 materials fee is payable to the instructors.

Registration recommended by October 11
$250 ASI members / $275 non-members


For information, call 612-871-4907

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