Using a Trapeze

Side view of a warping trapeze on a loom, with jugs hanging from it for weight.

This blog was written by Sue Willingham. Each year, about this time,  I’m preparing the looms in my studio for a three day class that Janet and I call “Towelapalooza”. All ten looms in my studio are pre-warped with ten different drafts, checked, and ready to weave on when folks arrive.  Since we have up […]

No Fuss Floating Selvedges

I’m not a fan of floating selvedges. Moving their weights, separating them from the threaded ends they’re next to, lifting them up to go under or pushing them down to go over – that all detracts from my weaving experience. Anything that slows me down and interrupts my weaving zen irritates me every single time. […]

How to use any reed, for any Sett.

There are lots of denting charts online (often called reed or sett substitution charts) but in my opinion a chart just doesn’t cut it. For one thing, there are often entries missing. Want to know how to get 22 EPI in a 10 dent reed, or 17 EPI in an 9 dent reed? Good luck […]

Design your own twill, with the new Twill Generator

There are a lot of fabulous twill drafts out there, but how do you create something that is truly your own? In the past, a weaver would sit down with some graph paper and start sketching. It takes significant time to fill in the threading, tie up and treadling, then fill in a repeat or […]

How to wind thread by thread stripes

If your stripes are wide, it makes sense to wind them one color at a time, holding however many ends you prefer to wind at once. But what if you’re mixing colors together thread by thread or very nearly, as in color and weave? You could wind the warp one thread at a time, starting […]

Namedrafts and how to create them

Namedrafting is a technique for coming up with original designs that’s been around for ages. Learn how it works and meet Janet’s online Namedraft Generator.

Rigid heddle weaving in the Academy? YES!

rigid heddle loom in use

Are rigid heddle weavers welcome at the Academy? YES!! We have classes specifically for rigid heddle weaving, and many of our other classes work for rigid heddles.

Read on to find out more about our rigid heddle curriculum.