July 15-18 (Mon – Thurs)
With overshot the design possibilities are endless, and in this workshop students will explore the many structure variations the pattern contains. Drafting, material exploration and supplemental weft will be covered, as students design overshot patterns for a 4-harness floor loom. Students will start by weaving a sampler based on a pre-existing draft, comparing patterns with other students to study a wide range of overshot techniques. They will then move on to their final projects, choosing or creating a pattern based on their survey. Final projects can range from a table runner and placemats, to a scarf or shawl, or fabric to make pillows and other home goods. Cotton and wool will be provided for the warp and weft, however students are encouraged to bring their own materials for experimentation. Although traditional overshot foundations will be covered at length, students are encouraged to push the boundaries of the structure and think outside the box.
Students must be able to wind a warp and dress a floor loom. Experience reading or building drafts is not required, and will be covered during class.
About the Instructor
Rachel Snack is a weaver, textile artist and conservator. Rachel is the founder of Weaver House Co., a textile studio dedicated to preserving craft tradition through hand-making and weaving education. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Fiber & Material Studies at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and her Master of Science in Textile Design at Philadelphia University. She has exhibited her work internationally, and taught courses on weaving, fiber dyeing and textile conservation throughout the United States. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Burren College of Art in Ireland and Awamaki in Peru. Most recently, Rachel was published in the book Weaving – Contemporary Makers on the Loom by Ludion, which launched at the Tate Modern alongside the Anni Albers retrospective in October. To view her textile work, please visit rachelsnack.com.
Please call 1(603) 827-3996 for more information or to sign up for the class.
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.