Drop Spindle Part 2 with Donna Kay (4/18)
Needle Felted Foxes with Jennifer McCarthy (4/25)

Different Stripes: Design and Weave a Blanket with Peggy Hart (4/20-4/24)

Type: class

If you are staying in a shared room and would like to be with a friend, or would like linen service (sheets & towels) please call us at 603-827-3996 or Email us at and include relevant info.

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Reservations are from the night before the first day of class thru the night after the last class. Check-in time is 4pm, check-out is 11am. You will receive Email confirmation of your reservation within 48hrs. Click for Boarding House Map

(If this class is sold out and you want to be added to our waiting list; Email us at, and include your contact info and the class name and date.)

Mon 4/20/2020, 9:00 AM to Fri 4/24/2020, 4:00 PM


Different Stripes: Design and Weave a Blanket

This class will demonstrate that you don’t have to have a wide loom to weave a blanket, and designed to encourage weavers to take on the large project they have been dreaming of. Traditional textiles of many cultures provide wonderful examples of blanket size pieces woven in strips and then assembled. We will draw inspiration from early American blankets and West African strip woven textiles to design our own blankets and then weave them using modern handlooms and the wonderful palette of Harrisville yarns. All yarn is provided.

Skill Level:

Floor looms will be used in this class, and students should know how to warp and weave on a floor loom.

Supplies/Advanced Preparation:

  • Favorite weaving tools
  • Notebook
  • Pens & pencils
  • Soft soled shoes or socks
  • Scissors
  • Digital Camera/Smartphone
  • Flashlight if staying after dark or at the boardinghouse


About the Instructor:

Peggy is a textile designer, production weaver, and teacher with experience in designing, producing, and marketing hundreds of blankets annually including custom blankets for sheep and alpaca farmers using their own yarn. She has also:

  • Collaborated with spinning mills and small scale wool producers to weave custom designed throws and blankets since 1990
  • Presented at the 2015 New England Weaver Seminar, Northampton, MA
  • Taught at Penland School of Crafts 
  • Served as warp designer/winder for Boott Cotton Mill, Lowell National Park
  • Wove a commission piece for the Columbus Museum of Art and a reproduction of a blanket from the collection of the Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, MA.


Since 1971, we have sponsored workshops to give students the opportunity to study with exceptional instructors in the relaxed atmosphere of this unique village. Our workshops are held on the second floor of the Bethuel Harris Mill which sits at the end of the canal overlooking the mill pond and originally operated on water-power. This beautiful brick building was built in the 1830’s as a spinning mill for locally raised wools and it now houses our retail shop on the first floor and provides excellent studio space for our students on the second floor. It is relished for its sunlit windows, fresh air and tranquility. In order to create the atmosphere of a working studio rather than a classroom, we limit enrollment in our workshops. Most classes meet daily from 9 am to 4 pm; however, the studio is open to students 24 hours a day while class is in session. During the 5 day classes, students will have the opportunity to tour our spinning mill and listen to a talk on the history of Harrisville. Yarn and other materials for the workshops are usually included in the tuition unless otherwise noted.
Withdrawal/Refund Policy: Tuition includes a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee for each workshop. Students who must withdraw have 5 weeks prior to class for a full tuition refund less the registration fee. After this date all payments are non-refundable.
or call us: 603-827-3996 Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
While taking a class, students receive a 10% discount on non-sale items
in our store, including our floor looms