Beginning Weaving and Beyond with Tom Jipson
Date: April 20-22 (Fri-Sun) & April 28-29 (Sat-Sun)
Instructor: Tom Jipson
Tom Jipson has been teaching for us for over thirty-five years and is one of our most popular instructors. He developed this class to encourage people with different levels of experience to work and learn together. Many students come back year after year to learn new techniques and to take time to do something they love to do. This class is a combination of Learn to Weave, Advanced Beginning Weaving, and Intermediate Weaving. By integrating these different levels, we have found that everyone gets more out of the class. The Learn to Weave segment is a comprehensive introductory course which gives a solid foundation for continuing to weave. Students will gain a familiarity with the warping process (no weaving experience is necessary). In Advanced Beginning Weaving students will start with a color exploration project. Each student will then choose their own direction, with guidance in color or design in 4 or 8 harness weave structures. Intermediate Weavers are encouraged to come to class with an idea or area they would like to explore and their projects will be expanded to challenge their individual levels. During the class all students will have the opportunity to review drafting, warping options, determining setts, fabric finishing, fabric theory and more.
Please note: Our weaving studio will also be open during the week for those taking this two-weekend workshop, as unstructured studio time to work on your woven projects. This time can be very valuable for someone who already knows how to weave, but needs access to our looms and equipment — and it’s a good practice opportunity for new weavers! Weekday studio access is $25 per day + materials.
About the Instructor
Tom Jipson’s professional career has been as a handweaver of beautifully designed and impeccably constructed shawls, scarves, blankets and throws. He has also been a long-standing member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. He is known for his uncanny ability to coalesce students of varying skill levels into a unified and mutually supportive group and has a reputation for a high level of individualized attention, and a warm, easy-going manner.
Reviews of Beginning Weaving and Beyond with Tom Jipson
"Tom was able to teach, manage, spot problems, and give encouragement to ALL 15 students all the time for 5 days. I felt I had a private lesson!!"
"Tom is a talented teacher and weaver. Nothing rattled him. A good example of the weaving temperament."
"I loved it there! Very pleasant and comfortable. I enjoyed the freedom to stay as long as I liked. I got in at 7am and left at 10pm! It was the most enjoyable week I've had in decades!"
"I love Harrisville! Tom is relaxed, an expert and encouraging. A very educational, informative but not stressful or competitive classroom environment."
"Location is wonderful, teacher is great and the wine & cheese party was so much fun! The history and yarn tour was excellent. I was surprised how much fun it was!"
Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class. To view and/or download our 2018 Workshop Catalog click here.
We highly recommend staying in our Cheshire Mills Boarding house while taking a class. The Cheshire Mills Boarding House is inexpensive, and only a quick walk to the studio and shop! Learn more.