Straight Eight with Elisabeth Hill (SEPT 26–30)

$650.00
Type: class

Since 1971, we have sponsored workshops to give our students the opportunity to study with exceptional instructors in Harrisville’s relaxed village atmosphere.

For full details on this class and supply lists, see “Description” below. To read our refund and COVID policies, see the “General Workshop Info” tab below.

You can view a PDF of our full workshop brochure here.

Boarding House Reservations

Choose “Single Room” above to add a Boarding House reservation to your class purchase. You can find more information about the Cheshire Mills Boarding House by clicking here. If you would like to add linen service (sheets, towels, and pillowcases) for $15 a day, please email us at classes@harrisville.com to request this additional service. Reservations are from the night before the first day of class through the morning of the last day of class. Check-in time is 4 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m. You will receive email confirmation of your room reservation within 48 hours. Click here to see a map of the Boarding House.

(If this class is sold out and you want to be added to our waiting list, email us at classes@harrisville.com and include your contact info and the class name and date.)

SEPT. 26–30 (MON.–FRI., 9 AM–4 PM)

Delve deep into all that a “straight eight” threading can offer. Join Handwoven Technical Editor and professional weaving instructor Elisabeth Hill to explore the exciting possibilities of twill, crepe, collapse, weft-faced/warp-faced, deflected double weave, waffle, double weave, and more. During this technically savvy week-long workshop, you’ll select a colorway of your choice and wind a six-yard warp on which you’ll discover the many structures possible using this versatile threading. You’ll take home five large or eight small towels, along with a wealth of future project possibilities at your fingertips!

Skill Level: Students should be confident dressing their looms and reading a draft. Students will be weaving on an 8-harness loom.

Materials needed:

Cotton or cottolin yarns. Students can bring a range of colors .5 yard warps, approx. 5,000 yards needed total. 

About Our Workshops

Nestled in the heart of a historic textile village, workshops at Harrisville Designs take place in the Bethuel Harris Mill. Built in the 1830s as a spinning mill for locally raised wool and located at the end of the canal, it originally operated on water power. Today, it’s home to our first-floor retail store and spacious second-floor workshop studio. Year after year students are greeted by sunlit windows, fresh air, and tranquil views of the mill pond and preserved industrial brick buildings.

Workshops vary in skill levels and lengths. Enrollment is limited to ensure each student is immersed in the atmosphere of a working studio rather than a classroom. Most scheduled classes meet from 9 am to 4 pm; however, the studio is open to students 24 hours a day while their class is in session. Looms are provided in the weaving classes, and woolen yarn and other materials are included in the tuition, unless otherwise noted in the materials lists online. While taking a class, students receive a 10% discount on all items in our store, including looms! (Excludes sale and consignment items) You can view a PDF of our full workshop brochure here

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. 

COVID-19 Protocols

Students and teachers are required to be up to date on all CDC recommended COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, as eligible. Please bring proof of vaccination status. We recommend taking a self-test before arrival on the first day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we reserve the right to cancel the class at any time for safety reasons. If it’s necessary for Harrisville Designs to cancel a class due to COVID-19 concerns, students will receive a full refund.

Single Rooms, $60 Per Night

With spectacular views of town from its third-story perch, our boarding house offers bright, airy accommodations just a few minutes’ walk from the studio, shop, and general store with cafe. Year after year, returning students remark upon the peaceful camaraderie they enjoy winding down after class in the spacious common areas, and the fun conviviality of cooking family-style dinners in the kitchen. In addition to a living room, dining area, and full kitchen, the boarding house has six bedrooms and two full bathrooms.

Built in 1853, Cheshire Mills Boarding House provided lodging for workers at the mill for over 100 years. Today, Harrisville Designs is dedicated to maintaining an economical nightly rate to help ensure the cost of lodging is affordable during workshops and classes throughout the season.

Harrisville Designs is happy to provide towels, sheets, and pillowcases for an extra $15 per stay (please order ahead). However, students are more than welcome to bring their own linens. Pillows and blankets are provided. Reservations can be made while signing up for class. We do apologize, it’s an old building. There is no elevator and two flights of stairs. Please pack accordingly.

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, all rooms are single occupancy only. However, family members or friends traveling together to attend classes may request a double room.

Alternative Housing & Dining

Harrisville is a small village (pop. 1200) with a post office and general store/cafe across the street from the studio and Boarding House. Harrisville is a short drive from Peterborough (15 minutes away) and Keene (20-25 minutes away); both offer a nice variety of hotels, shops, and restaurants.

Additional accommodations in Harrisville are available at Aldworth Manor and the Harrisville Inn. The Hancock Inn is a 17-minute drive from Harrisville. Peterborough accommodations are available at Cranberry Meadow Farm, the Jack Daniels Motor Inn, and the Little River Bed and Breakfast. Options in Keene include the Carriage Barn Inn, the Best Western Plus, the Fairfield Inn & Suites, the Holiday Inn Express, the Courtyard by Marriott, and Days Inn. We also suggest searching Airbnb and Vrbo.

 

Location

We are located in the southwestern corner of NH off route 101 between Keene and Peterborough. We are approximately 2 hours from Boston, MA and Hartford, CT and 4 hours from New York City and Montreal. Our closest airport is in Manchester, NH (MHT) which is about a one hour car ride. You can rent a car at the airport or call us for information on transportation.