Three Days of Rug Weaving Immersion with Jason Collingwood
Rugweaving: 3-End Block Weaves and Shaft-Switching
June 22, 23, and 24 (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) 9 AM-5 PM
$475 with breakfast and lunch buffet provided each day.
Gentle end-of-day chair yoga.
Pre-warped looms available for rental. $70.
Pre-workshop prep lesson (online) to get you really ready!
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’s Jason giving a thumbs-up to a student’s current shaft-switching project after taking a previous workshop.
Below is one of Jason’s rugs. It uses the same loom set-up that he will teach us this May.
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.
When Jason visits The Chicago Weaving School, we strive to provide extra support. Natalie Boyett and Jen Boldt are here to help students with any loom troubles or issues that may arise. We also provide a breakfast, lunch, and snack buffet, leaving you free to focus on your weaving. The Saturday and Sunday classes will end with light standing (or sitting) yoga stretches and breathing, led by a wonderful instructor. This is a great way to loosen the body after a day of weaving and let our swirling minds relax and absorb all the new knowledge we’re be taking in.
Participants will bring their own pre-warped looms to the workshop. Warped looms are available for the three-day rental at $70. (Rental looms are limited and must be reserved.)
A supply list and warping instructions will be provided upon registration, as well as pre-workshop mini-lessons to get you in the mood!
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.
If you have any questions, please include your phone number in your email and Natalie will reach out.