Classes are held at my studio in Chico, CA and at the Flax Farm.   I will be adding more classes in the next few weeks.  Check out our store as I tend to update class information there first.

Looms, Yarns and Weaving supplies are provided in all of the classes and workshops.  A deposit of 1/2 is required before class, this will also reserve your place in the class or workshop.

I am also offering loom rental when there are no workshops or classes in session and as always private instruction available as needed.


 

Twill Sampler from a Beginning Weaving Class

Beginning Weaving Classes – January and May 2024

This class is for the beginner weaver who has never tried out a loom or a great review for someone who would like a refresher course.

Each student will create a Twill Sampler on a four harness loom.  The sampler when finished will show over 50 different variations of twill patterns in one setup. Using black and white yarn the sampler becomes a valuable study for future reference.

During the class the students will learn to:

    1. Measure yarns, calculating how much yarn will be needed for projects, figure out the threads per inch and other formulas.

    1. Read a pattern draft and learn to create one.

    1. Set up loom, thread the loom and connect the peddles.

    1. Learn techniques on how to weave once project is on the loom

    1. Finishing techniques once a piece is woven.

Class is open to 5 students. Cost $400.00

January Weekday Classes

    • Saturday, Jan 13, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
    • Sunday, Jan 14, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
    • Monday, Jan 15, 10:00am-3:00 pm
    • Tuesday, Jan 16, 10:00 am-3:00 pm
    • Wednesday, Jan 17, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

          May Weekday Classes

            • Saturday, May 11, 10:00am-3;00 pm
            • Sunday, May 12, 10:00am-3:00pm
            • Monday, May 13, 10:00 am-3:00pm
            • Tuesday, May 14, 10:00 am-3:00pm
            • Wednesday, May 15 10:00 am-3:00pm

                   

                  Weaving a Linen Hand Towel- February 2024

                  This class is great for the person who has had a brief introduction to weaving and needs some help creating a new project.  What could be better then weaving a functional Hand Towel that you can use or gift to a friend.  We will experiment with different woven structures perfect for towels; twill variations such as waffle weave and double weave.

                  I have chosen linen as the fiber we will be working with because it is the best fiber for towels, it absorbs moisture, dry’s quickly preventing bacteria to develop and defines your pattern better then cotton.  Working with linen is a delight in itself.  After this class you will understand the fiber, from how it responds when weaving to finishing techniques.  To top off this class we have scheduled a trip to our flax farm to see how it grows and is processed.

                    • Saturday, Feb 17, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                    • Sunday, Feb 18, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                    • Monday, Feb 19, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                    • Tuesday, Feb 20, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                    • Wednesday, Feb 21, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

                          Class is open for 5 students.  COST $450.00.

                          DOUBLE WEAVE TECHNIQUE  MARCH 2024

                          Dates:

                          • Saturday, March 9, 10:00 am _ 3:00 pm
                          • Sunday, March 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
                          • Monday, March 11, 11:00 am – 3: 00 pm
                          • Tuesday, March 12, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
                          • Wednesday, March 13, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm..

                          Class is open to 5 students. Cost $450.00

                          Theo Moorman Technique April 2024

                          Theo Moorman was a weaver born in the 1920’s who manipulated thread and fiber to create art. She was one of the first artist-designer-weavers. In this class we will explore some of her techniques to create dimension on a flat surface, that can be applied in both functional and non-functional work.

                          Dates:

                          • Saturday, April 13, 10am-3pm
                          • Sunday, April 14, 10am-3pm
                          • Monday, April 15, 10am-3pm
                          • Tuesday, April 16, 10am-3pm
                          • Wednesday, April 17, 10am-3pm.

                          Limited to 5 students.  Cost $450.00

                          Flax processing workshop at the Chico Flax Farm May 4 2024

                          Join us for a fun and informative in-person, hands-on workshop on flax. Topics and demonstrations will include:

                          Planting flax seed—broadcasting techniques versus row planting

                          Harvesting flax—the right time to harvest for just fiber or fiber plus seed

                          Bundling flax—preparing the harvested flax for retting

                          Retting—both dew retting and wet retting explained. We will discuss using a small tank or low-volume sprinklers, and show examples of ready-retted flax.

                          The hands-on portion of the workshop will include:

                          Processing retted flax—learn how use a traditional brake, scutch/paddle, and a series of hackles

                          Creating a strick—a decorative bundle of fiber ready to be converted into sliver for spinning

                          Students will come home with some seeds for planting in their garden, flax straw ready for processing, handouts on how to make equipment, and more!

                          The class is limited to 15 students, and will take place at the beautiful Chico Flax farm in Chico. The class will be both outdoors and in the barn classroom, which has plenty of ventilation and folding chairs. New this year is an add on to learn to spin and weave your stricks into linen.  See our list of classes for more info!

                          Lunch and beverages will be provided

                          $350.00

                           

                           

                          SPIN FLAX INTO LINEN

                          May 5, 2024 

                          Spinning flax to linen taught by Stephenie Gaustad. Spin Chico Flax into linen  More information on this amazing guest and master spinner coming soon

                          Cost $150.00

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                           

                          Flowers used for natural dye

                          Intro to Natural Dyes Workshop – June 2024

                          This one day workshop to be held at the Flax farm This workshop will go over how to mordant your yarns in both plant and animal fibers.  A variety of plant materials will be prepared to dye yarns.  Seeing the effects of adding modifiers to the dye will be explored. Special this year  everyone in this workshop will explore some of Sandy’s home grown Madder which has been growing for three years in her garden.

                            • Saturday June 15, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

                          Class is limited to 12 students.  Cost $150.00