Weaving Workshop 2023

It may be 15 months away, but Winter Workshop 2023 is already almost completely
subscribed! Just three spots remain open (there will be a waiting list) for “Split-Shed Weaving,”
to be presented Feb. 14-16, by Deborah Silver (fee to be determined). The technique, which
uses just four harnesses, can be done on a table loom, a countermarche, counterbalance or
jack loom.
Participants will weave curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a 4-shaft loom with
straight threading and no special equipment. You will create multiple combinations of weave
structures. Only tie-ups and treadling change between samples.
Most of these combinations would normally require a minimum of eight shafts.
You will experiment with combinations of twills, summer and winter, doubleweave, Han
damask, taquete and more. Woven samples include continuous, complementary, and
supplementary wefts, as well as wefts that combine to produce shading for pictorial weaving.
You will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not
wrinkle when beating.
Although participants will not be able to complete all samples in class, they will take home all
drafts and instructions.
Looms will need to be pre- warped with students’ own yarns (Silver will email samples of
acceptable yarn types).
Also required are three10- to 14-inch flat shuttles and one other shuttle to use with an 8- or 9-
inch-wide warp. (According to Silver’s book, “split-shed” shuttles are sold at Treeditions.com, but standard flat ones are fine.