Backstrap Loom Weaving 9.28.19 - 9.29.19

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Backstrap Loom Weaving 9.28.19 - 9.29.19

205.00

Many indigenous peoples, on nearly all continents, developed some form of backstrap loom weaving.  World traveller and textile artist Tracy Hudson will share images and diverse cloth examples from her personal research on the subject, and guide students through warping and weaving their own backstrap weaving band.  Students will come home with all parts and pieces needed to weave their next project.

Tracy's teaching method sources from years spent living in Asia, and from her enthusiasm for conveying craft knowledge hand-to-hand. This class is an opportunity to experience a different way of learning, as you acquire backstrap weaving skills. Open yourself up to not knowing the answers and to immersing in the worldwide culture of traditional backstrap weaving, so that you can start from the beginning with this ancient skill. With backstrap weaving, the weaver is the loom, creating and controlling the warp through body movement. The first day will introduce the mechanics of warp management and optional pick-up pattern making. Students will begin in the manner of young weavers in the Andes, training their bodies and hands on a pre-warped narrow band.  Through demonstration and interaction with the instructor, students will be guided in accordance with their ability: some may continue with plain weave while others learn to pick up a pattern. On the second day, we will warp for a wider, plain-weave band, which will eventually become a handwoven backstrap. By winding a warp, making string heddles, and learning to use a stick shuttle, students will acquire the basic skills needed to continue weaving on their own. The class will include cultural information and samples of backstrap woven cloth from different parts of the world. We will talk about tool making and alternatives for acquiring the necessary materials for backstrap weaving. See more photos of Tracy’s international backstrap weaving research and her own fiber projects on her website: www.einesaite.com

Earlybird special: $180 + materials until August 28th, then price goes up to $195 + materials


September 28th & 29th :: Beckett Point :: 10 am- 4 pm :: Ages 18+ or 16+ with parent enrollment :: $180 + $15 material fee :: Instructor Tracy Hudson

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Tracy Hudson has been researching, collecting, and creating textiles for the last 25 years.  While living in Thailand, India, Japan, and Qatar, Tracy fed her passion for textile making with independent research and immersion in local textile traditions.  Through her documentation, she strives to convey the living qualities of such traditions, to show how deeply embedded textiles are in the lives of the people who make them, and to share the wonder and beauty of both the finished pieces and the skills used to make them.  Tracy's own practice of handspinning and weaving has grown through interaction with traditional cultures and like-minded friends.  She moved to Port Townsend in 2015, and is eager to teach others how to make cloth with the simplest of tools.  More info and photos of Tracy's research and personal fiber work can be seen on her website: www.einesaite.com