Welcome to The Chicago Weaving School
The Chicago Weaving School provides expert instruction in the art of handweaving. With ongoing classes offered five days a week, beginning to advanced weavers find their creative home where they are free to explore color, texture and pattern through the medium of woven cloth. It is owner Natalie Boyett’s mission to provide an inspiring, inclusive, and encouraging space for all who enter.
All levels are invited to sign up for a WeaveSpa class, (children are welcome too) or dive into our regular “Wonder/Discover/Dream” Weekly Adult Weaving courses. Basket weaving workshops run the first Saturday of each month, and special workshops in weaving and other textile-related topics are offered as well. Please browse the gallery page to get an sense of the different kinds of things Chicago Weaving School students are making.
Chicago Weaving School News:
A “Floor Show” at The Chicago Weaving School
Recently, weaving student Kristin Rydholm (in the photo, with the glasses on her head,) brought in a whole stack of her latest weavings. (Boy, she’s been busy the last few months!) We took it as an opportunity to have an impromptu showing. There was no need to hang them on the wall. We just cleared a space in the front of the studio and arranged them on the floor in front of us!
What a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of a student, and give us all a chance to step back and “take-in” a body of work.
When we focus on the one thing we’re working on at any given time, we sometimes forget to step back and look at our creations from a larger perspective.
Stepping back and seeing “the whole” is enlightening. Patterns emerge, the pieces start to “talk” to each other, and you can see how things relate.
When we lay out Kristin’s weavings, it was easy to see which pieces naturally wanted to be next to each other, and it showed us how one warp, woven with three different wefts, can look very different.
New Chicago Weaving School policy: more floor shows!
Origami Bags in December
Here are the first prototypes for the“Origami Bags” Workshop I’ll be teachingTuesday, December 9 from 10:00-5:00. (I can’t wait to have a whole little posse of these adorable bags in different sizes.)
They are a great way to use small scraps of leftover fabric, or that “
For more information and to register, go to the workshops page and click the “Register Now” link for the December 9 workshop.
And don’t forget to check out our “Upcoming Special Workshops” page for more class offerings!