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Three Days of Rug Weaving Immersion with Jason Collingwood
Rugweaving: 3-End Block Weaves and Shaft-Switching
May 13, 14, and 15 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) 9 AM-5 PM
$450 with breakfast and lunch buffet provided each day.
The Chicago Weaving School once again welcomes master rug weaver and veteran instructor Jason Collingwood to share his decades of experience and extensive knowledge. Collingwood’s workshops always open our eyes to a world of mind-blowing pattern and design techniques, while addressing the basic requirements to weaving a strong weft-faced rug.
This year’s workshop will cover block-weaves; specifically 3-end block weaves and shaft-switching. (Don’t worry if that means nothing to you. After you take the workshop you’ll be able to say, “Ahhhh, yes, good ole’ three-end block weaves and shaft-switching…) Here is a basic block weave rug sample:
The squares are happening as a result of how the harnesses are threaded and treadled. We’ll explore how this is done and sample the basics of this block layout, then move on to exploring some fascinating variations and effects within this basic block set-up. (If you’ve taken any of Jason’s other workshops, you’ll recognize some techniques as we learn how they work within this block weave context.) Here’s an example below:
Then something really special is going to happen: Shaft-switching.
Jason will guide us as we learn how to make our simple four-harness table and floor looms do what a $1600.00 shaft-switching device does. We’ll achieve our shaft-switching with pieces of string and the magical “constrictor” knot invented by Jason’s father, famed weaver and author Peter Collingwood.
The elder Collingwood invented the shaft-switching technique, which enables a weaver to change which harness an individual warp end is threaded on at will, at any point in the weaving. This is how Jason is able to weave a myriad of commissioned rug designs every year on a single warp threading. (We touched a little bit on shaft-switching in last year’s workshop, but will spend time employing the technique on our own looms this year.)
Here is one of Jason’s rugs. It uses the same loom set-up that he will teach us this May.
Jason will be flying straight from London to be with us May 13, 14, and 15, (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.) Jason will lecture and demonstrate though out this three-day workshop, and spend the rest of the time walking from student-to-student to help with weaving. Jason knows this subject matter backwards and forwards, and is a very present and aware teacher who is always patient and available to students.
Natalie Boyett and Giulia Hines will provide additional assistance (help with looms, etc.) throughout the workshop to ensure students get the most out of this wonderful experience.
Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided for all students, so you can relax and focus on the class.
Yogi Kate Yoshida will lead students through rejuvenating yoga stretches Friday and Saturday at the end of the day. This is a great way to work out the kinks after weaving all day, and also helps the body/mind process the new information.
A supply list and warping instructions will be provided upon registration.
Wool rug weft will also be available for purchase at the workshop as a materials fee.
Space is limited, and this workshop fills quickly, so sign up soon if you are excited about this opportunity. Reservation is confirmed with payment in full. Refunds will only be given if there is a waiting list and someone else takes your place, or if the class does not take place.
Cost for this workshop: $450
Prewarped looms for rent: $60 (Looms are limited and must be reserved at registration.)
If you can get your own dressed loom through the door, it is welcome here for the workshop! Please let Natalie know the size of your loom ahead of time so she can plan the space accordingly.
Terms of Service: Payment in full reserves your space. No refunds given unless we have a waiting list and your space gets filled. Refunds will also be given if for some reason the workshop is cancelled.
We will send a materials list and instructions for setting up your loom when your registration is confirmed.