Make Your Own Wardrobe: Boxy Tee/Drapy Tunic, Lounge Pants and Shirt/Jacket with Cal Patch (8/16-8/20)
Mend, Zip and Transform! with Ann Weaver (9/11)

Introduction to the Rigid Heddle Loom with Kate Kilgus (9/9-9/10)

Type: class

If you have reservations for our boarding house and would like linen service (sheets and towels) please call us at 603-827-3996 or email us at and include relevant info.

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 through the morning of the last day of class. Check-in time is 4pm, check-out is 11am. You will receive email confirmation of your reservation within 48 hours. 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.)

Sept 9 - 10 (Thurs - Fri, 9-4)

Weaving is fun! Learn the principles of handweaving on the rigid heddle loom. Rigid heddle looms are portable, affordable, quiet, lightweight, and easy to store. These looms operate under light tension and have minimal yarn waste, making them very friendly for weaving with handspun and other luxury yarns. We will explore the basic principles of weaving and cover sett analysis, weaving terminology and calculations, direct warping, deciphering a weaving draft, plain weave, hemstitching, and finishing wool fabric. After weaving an introductory sample, students will make a warm winter scarf using one of Kate’s patterns.

Skills Level: Beginner with basic math knowledge

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

We were very disappointed to have to cancel all of our workshops in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are hopeful that in 2021 we can begin the road back to our normal series. To that end this year, we are offering fewer work- shops, with fewer students per workshop and limiting the number of people who can stay in our Boarding House. We will be strictly observing all Covid protocols to ensure your safety and the safety of our teachers and staff. We don’t know at this point if masks will still be required, but if they are, we will have plenty of masks available. There will also be lots of hand sanitizer and disinfec- tant sprays. We are hopeful that our classes will take place, and we look forward to seeing you. Stay safe!