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Monday 10/4/21 9am to Friday 10/8/21 4pm
Tom Jipson has been teaching here for forty-five years and is one of our most popular instructors. He developed this class to encourage weavers with different levels of experience to work and learn together. Many students return year after year to learn new techniques and take the time to do something they love. Tom provides a fabulous binder of notes, tips, and tricks for each student, which he developed over years of experience as a professional weaver and teacher. It is a valuable addition to any weavers library.
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 that gives a solid foundation to build new skills upon, and gain a familiarity with the warping process. In Advanced Beginning Weaving students will start with a color exploration project. Each student will then choose their own direction, with guidance in color and 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 learn or review drafting, warping options, determining setts, fabric finishing, fabric theory and more.
Skill Level: Beginner. No experience necessary.
- Pens & pencils
- Soft soled shoes or socks
- Digital Camera/Smartphone
- Flashlight if staying after dark or at the boardinghouse
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!"
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To ensure the health, safety, and comfort of our 2021 students, we are requiring workshop participants – as well as teachers – to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending their scheduled class(es). (Note that we may ask students to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival.) We understand that this requirement may create challenges for certain individuals, but we appreciate your understanding during this demanding time.
Harrisville Designs remains committed to protecting teachers, students and staff from COVID-19, while still providing a creative, hands-on and inclusive experience. After last year’s hiatus, we’re very much looking forward to the upcoming workshop season – and hope you’ll be able to join us!