Donna Kay Sheep to Skein Spinning (8/1)
Linen Overalls with Andrea Hungerford (8/7-8/8)

Weaving 101 with Katherine Nickel (8/3-8/5)

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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You can find more information about the Cheshire Mills Boarding House by clicking here.

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 8/3/2020 to Wed 8/5/2020

Have you ever been curious about how that cloth is made? Come join us for an exploration into one of the oldest human crafts: weaving. This course is an introduction to weaving on a floor loom, ideal for complete beginners. Here you will learn the basics of setting up a loom and come away with a beautiful woolen scarf made from Harrisville’s lovely yarn. In this class students will be taught how to wind a warp, thread a loom and be introduced to the beautiful world of weaving. All materials are included.

Skill Level: No experience necessary.

Supplies/Advanced Preparation:

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

 About the Instructor:

Katherine Nickel earned a BA from Wellesley College and and MA in International Relations from the University of Denver. She has been a weaver for many years. Her favorite creation was 17 yards of organic cotton that she made into children’s clothing. Color and texture are a weavers delight and making fabric is just like painting with yarn. All over the world, humans have found many ways to make clothing. Weaving by hand is one of the oldest and most fascinating methods.

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