Note: There may be changes to the syllabus during the year in response to student feedback about course content and pacing.
You’ll also find out the properties and potential uses for cotton yarn, the secrets of sett, and much more.
Rigid heddle weavers will find this Learning Path particularly helpful, because our structure for this Path is plain weave – making everything applicable to the rigid heddle loom!
Armed with what you’ve learned, you’ll design and weave the final project for Learning Path 1, a scarf in muted and neutral colors. This gives you the opportunity to practice designing with low-saturation colors, and change the yarn size and sett to whatever you prefer.
Our final project for Learning Path will be a set of four cotton napkins. We’ll give you project specs, but you’ll choose your own colors, pick one of three twill structures to work with, and plan your project in your choice of cotton yarns. (The more adventurous are welcome to design their own twill drafts, but you will likely need your own weaving software to do so.)
By designing and weaving these napkins, you’ll practice everything you’ve mastered in Learning Path 2, transforming theory into practical knowledge.
Crackle is a beautiful and versatile structure – and one of only a handful with the design potential of four blocks on just four shafts, or eight blocks on eight! Sadly, it’s often overshadowed by overshot in spite of its many advantages, one of which is its beauty when woven as twill, with just a single shuttle.
Learning Path 3 introduces you to crackle and teaches you how to design projects using crackle woven as twill. We’ll be looking at these topics through the lens of fabric woven for wearable accessories, though they apply to any fabric. You’ll learn how to recognize a crackle draft, how to choose colors for twills with larger scale motifs that overlap and merge into one another, and how to pick the perfect yarn and sett for a luscious wearable accessory.
Learning Path 3 will also take you on a painless first foray into the world of blocks and block weaves using crackle-as-twill’s familiar threading and treadling.
These drafts show just two of the wonderful patterning possibilities of crackle:
The wrap-up project for Learning Path 3 will be a shawl in crackle-woven-as-twill. We’ll provide a basic spec, which you’ll adapt as you please, mastering your discoveries in Learning Path 3.
Crackle can also be woven like overshot or like summer and winter – two other block weaves that can be woven on four shafts – but without some of the significant design limitations those two better known structures have. Crackle’s short floats, unlimited block size, and one-block-per-shaft potential open up a world of design possibilities no matter how many shafts you have available.
Learning Path 4 takes you farther into the world of designing with blocks and introduces you to the basics of profile drafts (also known as block drafts), profile designs, and block substitution. You’ll learn what profile drafts are and how to use them; how to choose colors for warp, tabby, and pattern weft; and how to choose yarns and setts for compound weave structures.
Finally, you’ll learn more ways to treadle crackle (or overshot, or summer and winter!) than you could possibly have imagined!
The wrap-up project for Learning Path 4 will be a table runner (cleverly disguised as a scarf if you prefer), combining two, three, or four weft colors. We’ll provide a basic spec, which you can adapt as you please, cementing all your discoveries in Learning Path 4.