New England Weavers' Seminar

Conference Update - Workshops!

In the lead-up to the 2023 conference, we will be sending out regular updates to highlight the exciting workshops that will be offered.  This week we feature a 3-day workshop.

Split-Shed Weaving:

Multiple Structures on 4 Shafts using a Straight Threading


Instructor: Deborah Silver

Break out of blocks with split-shed weaving. Weave curves and blend colors using continuous wefts on a four-shaft loom with no special equipment. In this three-day workshop, students will learn to weave multiple combinations of weave structures using only four shafts and a straight threading. Only tie-ups and treadling are changed between samples. Most of these combinations would normally require a minimum of eight shafts. Work with combinations of twills, summer and winter, double weave, Han damask, taqueté and more! Weave samples using continuous, complementary, and supplementary wefts, as well as wefts which combine to produce shading for pictorial weaving. Students will also learn to make a cartoon on cloth that will advance with the warp and will not wrinkle when beating. Although students will not be able to complete all the samples in class, they will leave with drafts and instructions that enable them to complete the weaving at home.

26 Instructors.

42 Workshops, 20% more than in 2019.


NEWS 2023 is coming back in person, bigger and better than ever!

Worcester State University

July 20-23, 2023

Celebrate the return of in-person workshops, inspiring speakers, and fantastic weaving exhibits with your fiber friends in a comfortable, air-conditioned setting with easy parking and minimal walking.  Registration begins in the spring of 2023.

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