Deepweaving: Spring 2020 Online Weaving Course

“Drafting Immersion: Foundation Structures and Block Weaves”

This is a program for you if you are weaving at home, but also want guidance and personal support from an experienced and trusted teacher, encouragement and community from other weavers, and a regular touchstone of accountability. 

As the founder of The Chicago Weaving School, I enjoy the unique experience of getting to know how all types of weavers learn and absorb information, beyond a single two or five-day workshop. I like to teach with the long haul in mind. This course let me do that because it is a deep dive into understanding weave structure.

If you crave more focused, extended study or want help establishing better home-weaving momentum, this is an excellent program for you.

The first Deepweaving Lessons will post April 18, 2020

What previous students have said:

Deb Ader

“It’s like I’ve been trying to look out a dirty window for years and it’s suddenly been wiped clean. I can see everything!”

-Vicki DeGroff

“I feel like I’ve been trying to change the oil in my car from the trunk. I just found the hood latch. Thank you.”

-Maggie Jankowitz

Deepweaving (April, May, June 2020)

Drafting Immersion: Foundation Structures and Block Weaves

(Weekly Lessons and worksheets released April 18-June 30. Access to lessons is lifetime.)

Cost: $545

What’s included:

  • Drafting Basics and Project Planning
  • Foundation Weave Structures and Beyond
  • Block Weave Theory and Walk-through of Different Block Weaves
  • Weaver’s Online Worksheet 
  • Weekly Group Video-Coaching Calls for twelve consecutive weeks April 25-July 5, 2020
  • *Proposed time for weekly live check-in calls is 11:00 PM Central Standard Time every Sunday via Zoom. This is open to change with group needs.

Here’s how it works:

Each month you will receive an extended “Drafting Immersion: Foundation Structures and Block Weave Basics” lesson. You will be able to watch these lessons on your computer when it’s convenient for you, as often as you like, and these lessons will continue to be available to you beyond the dates of the program.

Month One’s weekly lessons will cover the basics of reading and writing a pattern draft for weaving, including the different conventions popular weaving books and magazines use when they print drafts and instructions. We’ll cover the difference between a direct tie-up and a multiple tie-up, and how to translate a tie-up to work with your particular loom. We will practice how to start with a small pattern repeat and design a full project with borders and variations. We’ll also talk about how to augment a kit, or project recipe to fit your particular materials or measurements.

Month Two will explain and name the foundational weave structures and how they morph and develop into fancier versions of themselves. By naming and drafting all the many ways these structures evolve, you will develop a practiced eye that can recognize and understand what is happening in a cloth, a project recipe, or a weave pattern draft. This base of knowledge frames how you look at things. It will be easier to recognize the logic of a threading recipe. This is essential for the weaver who doesn’t just want to follow directions, but actually understand the how and why, and even design original pieces.

Month Three addresses many weavers’ biggest challenge: understanding blocks and block weaves—what they are, how they work, profile drafts, and how they translate into design. Once these ideas click for a weaver, a whole new world is revealed.

Along with these lessons I’ve created…wait for it…Worksheets! 

Yes. We’re back to school, weavers. It’s one thing to understand what a teacher is saying–to understand the logic of it. It’s another to be comfortable enough to do it on your own.

Sometimes it just takes lots of practice, so I’ve designed my worksheets to break up each aspect of the lesson into really do-able chunks. This will allow you the time and practice to get clear on ONE aspect of something before piling on something else.

These worksheets will help you practice, gain clarity, and check-in with your grasp of the topics. You will be able to complete these drafting worksheets online; no downloading or printing needed.

Weekly live group video calls give you the chance to ask any questions that come up for you during the week. You may need clarification about something in one of the lessons, advise on a current weaving project, or motivation to finish a weaving task you’ve been putting off. We are not limited to talking about what’s in the lessons. These meetings are for you, your needs, and whatever you are working on or struggling with.

We’ll also use this time to for each of you to get clear on your goals for the next week—whether it’s “I’m going to finish threading my loom,” or, “I’m going to spend half an hour doing the tie-up worksheet,” or even, “I’m going to walk down to my basement and spend at least thirty minutes assembling my dismantled loom that’s been sitting there for years.”

This provides accountability and encouragement. So often, when we are alone in our heads, an intention or goal gradually loses momentum and fades from our awareness. It’s also really easy to be blind to the actual progress we do make. 

Progress rarely happens in large, show-stopping feats of accomplishment. Progress might happen in tiny little bites or may manifest in ways that aren’t concrete or obvious but are still very real and important. As your weaving teacher, it is just as important to me that you are encouraged and aware of the progress you make, as it is that you know how to draft an overshot pattern.