Cotton Dishtowels - Playing with Blocks with Peggy Hart (3/13-3/15)

Type: class

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Fri 3/13/2020, 9:00 AM to Sun 3/15/2020, 4:00 PM


Playing with Blocks

Dishtowels are a satisfying means of exploring weave structures, being both a useful size and quick to set up. In this class, we will explore different kinds of block threadings. Block threadings make possible larger design elements. Examples are twill blocks, lace weaves, and Ms and Os. Color and weave effects can also be thought of in terms of blocks. We will dress looms with six different warps, and students will weave 3-4 dishtowels on the common warps. Students may also design and wind a warp to take home and weave. We will be using cotton for this class, all materials are included. 

Skill Level: Students will need to know how to wind a warp and dress a floor loom.

Supplies/Advanced Preparation:

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

 About the Instructor:

Peggy Hart is a production weaver and teacher; designing, producing, and marketing hundreds of blankets each year including custom blankets for sheep and alpaca farmers using their own yarn. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design, worked as a weaver in one of the last mills in Rhode Island, and has woven for the last thirty years on Crompton and Knowles W-3 looms. She has a special affinity for wool, and her book Wool: Unraveling an American Story of Artists and Innovation was published in December of 2017.

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