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Rigid Heddle Explorer - Celebrate your Yarn on Zoom with Deborah Jarchow

Join Deborah Jarchow on Zoom for 10 hours of exploring how to make fabric on a Rigid Heddle Loom!
Class Level:
 Advanced beginner and beyond - should be able to warp your loom successfully on your own.

Class Description: In this class you will learn how to assess your yarns for making successful fabric and acquire a comfort level using unexpected yarn combinations;   become informed on ways to critique your textiles and build skills for creating the cloth you really want to make; see how you set up the loom and how you place the weft can make a huge difference in the finished fabric.  Deborah will help you embrace your learning opportunities and find joy in experimenting with various fibers so you can understand what unique qualities about your yarn that you want to highlight and how you can accomplish that. You will grasp the fun in making samples to enhance your results, and we will discuss what you can do with all those samples once you’ve discovered the unique characteristics of different pieces of woven cloth.
We will experiment with fades, plaids, building in floats, mixed warps, using different textures and weights, weaving a little then making changes, and using long repeat yarn.  Samples of Deborah’s work along with the collective experiments of all attendees will enhance the experience for everyone.  The result will be the ability to design your own rich and interesting fabrics while using assorted and diverse yarns. 

   Have an intentional space where you can warp your loom and be comfortable during class.  Remember, warping is most comfortable at counter height if that is possible.  All your supplies need to be close at hand and your stash should be easily accessible.  Look over your yarns and choose some you’d like to discuss using.  Perhaps you’ve tried them before without success and want tips on how to use them.  Be prepared to discuss the issues you had while using them.  Perhaps you have some interesting balls of yarn that you wonder how to incorporate into a project.  Keep them handy so we can discuss!  Print handout prior to class
Supplies to bring:  several pieces of cardboard about 3” x 6”, scotch tape, loom with at least 8” weaving width, clamps, warping peg, threading/sley hook, 7.5 or 8 dent reed (additional reeds may be helpful), Ball of waste yarn (worsted weight acrylic works best), 1 - 5 tubes from inside paper towel rolls, 2 - 3 brown paper grocery bags, scissors, tapestry needle, post it notes, pencil, measuring tape, straight pins, yarn from your stash to include yarns like ribbon, ladder, variegated, shiny, bumpy, thick, thin, long color change, solid color.  Note: have your stash on hand to look through as we have class discussions.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: You should be able to warp your loom - this is not an Intro to Weaving class.
Instructor: Deborah Jarchow
Instructor Bio: After many years teaching knit and crochet, Deborah Jarchow discovered weaving and her love of fiber, texture, and color came together. Since then, she has worked full time as a weaver and artist. Now, Deborah focuses on teaching on rigid-heddle looms and making weaving accessible to as many people as possible. Deborah?s work has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the country, and she has won numerous awards and written articles for national publications. Her work has been commissioned by churches and is in many private collections. Since 2004 she has been an artist-in-residence, teacher, and weaver at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA. She travels extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise and loves helping Makers discover the joy of weaving. For more about Deborah, go to

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