Color Interaction and Design with Tom Jipson (7/13-7/17)

Type: class

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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

Color Interaction and Design with Tom Jipson (7/13-7/17) - Class Only is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.

(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 7/13/2020, 9:00 AM to Fri 7/17/2020, 4:00 PM

Class Description: This is a class that most weaving students need, and yet many shy away from. If you realize some of your weavings are much more successful than others, but are not sure why, this class offers the tool set to move you forward. To create what you imagine, takes both weaving skills and the knowledge of color and design principles. This class is the critical step beyond learning to weave: learning to successfully design your own work. We will focus on the interaction between elements within a design. Starting with basic design problems and progressing through a series of group and individual exercises, we will concentrate on attributes of color. You will be encouraged to take chances you might not normally take when working on a finished piece. It will teach you to ask the right questions and to get the results you want. Students who have taken this class have had a ball, finding it fascinating and discovering that color design could be the most satisfying component in producing beautiful fabric. It is the natural progression after your beginning weaving class. “Color Interaction and Design” is a basic building block in your development as a weaver and with Harrisville’s beautiful color palette of 64 colors, you’ll have a lot to play with. 

Skill Level: Floor looms will be used in this class, and participants must know how to warp and weave on a floor loom. Not for beginning weavers.


Supplies/Advanced Preparation:

  • Notebook
  • Pens & pencils
  • Soft soled shoes or socks
  • Scissors
  • Graph paper (4, 6, 8, or 10 per inch)
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Glue stick or rubber cement
  • Scotch tape BOTH single & double sided
  • Examples of your weaving both successful or not (if available)
  • 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 Color Interaction & Design with Tom Jipson

"The quaint setting of Harrisville is perfect for taking a class like this! The store is fantastic, I love having the opportunity to browse designs and shop."

"Tom is a talented teacher and weaver. Nothing rattled him. A good example of the weaving temperament."

"I enjoyed most the peacefulness of the studio, the availability of the entire line to play with, and the people."

"I love Harrisville! Tom is relaxed, an expert and encouraging. A very educational, informative but not stressful or competitive classroom environment."


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