Beginning & Advanced Classes
2015 / 2016

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Registration for all Guild classes is online, through EventBrite Find the EventBrite link with the information listing for each class. If you have a question or problem with registration, please contact the Education Chair via email,, or leave a message in the Education voice mail box at 513.593.9442.
  • Registration two weeks before the scheduled date is required for all classes. Instructors need time to prepare and purchase materials for class. PLEASE NOTE: NO WALK-INS ALLOWED.
  • Payment in full is due at time of enrollment.
  • Refunds will be given if the class is not held or the date is changed.
  • Minimum enrollment for all classes is three (3) participants.
  • Maximum enrollment will vary with each class. Please note the maximum number of participants included in each class description.

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Classes by Date
09/08/2015Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom – Part I
09/12/2015Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving
09/24/2015Weaving Twill Towels
09/26/2015South of the Border Thunderbolt Brocade
10/05/2015Beginning Spinning 101
10/07/2015Beginning Spindle Spinning - Drop Spindles
10/10/2015Block Printing on Textiles
10/24/2015Weaving Zapotec Style Delicate Inlay
11/07/2015Mandala Design Made Easy

Class Instructor Cost Description Date Status Eventbrite Link
Beginning Weaving on a Floor Loom – Part IJoy Thaler & Jo Ann Loftus$130 + $10 loom maintenance fee members
$155 + $10 loom maintenance fee non members

Materials fee payable to the instructor
Do you think you have an interest in weaving? This 2-day class is designed to help you discover the magic, fun, and endless possibilities of weaving. Student will be introduced to some of the basics of weaving, including basic weaving terminology, parts of the loom and how they work, and then progressing to winding a warp, dressing a loom and reading a draft. The instructors will guide students through this process and you will complete either a wool or bamboo scarf in plain weave or twill.
Bring a lunch.
Level: Beginners
Class Limit: 6
Tuesdays, Sept. 1 & 8, 9:30am - 3:30pmOpenRegister
Beginning Rigid Heddle WeavingNancy Niemeyer$75 members
$100 non members

$5 Materials fee payable to instructor
Rigid Heddle weaving is a great way to get started weaving in a simple way. Rigid heddle looms are inexpensive, portable and quick to warp. You will learn to direct warp a rigid heddle loom with easy to find knitting yarn, learn the basics of weaving, and create a beautiful plain weave scarf in 6 hours. Looms will be provided for class.
No previous weaving experience needed.
Class Limit: 5
Necessary Supplies: Purchase two balls of Lion Brand Tweed Stripes yarn in the same colorway. You can purchase Tweed Stripes at Joann Fabric and Craft stores or If you wish to use a different yarn, you must consult with the instructor prior to class.
Bring a lunch. A refrigerator and microwave are available to use.
Saturday, Sept. 12, 9:00am-3:30pmOpenRegister
Weaving Twill TowelsJoy Thaler and Jo Ann Loftus$100 members
$125 non members

Fees for fiber, handouts & $10 loom maintenance
Do you want to learn more about twill and just weave towels? Then this class is for you. Weave two cotton twill striped towels using three colors. Refresh your skills for reading a draft, winding a warp, and dressing a loom. Students will be given a twill threading draft and the opportunity to explore different tie-ups and treadlings to create your own beautiful towels. Students should expect to work independently and spend time at the Guild house in order to complete their towels. Instructors will be available at the hours listed to provide instruction and guidance as well as answer any questions.
Level: Advanced Beginners
Class Limit: 6
Fiber material packets will be provided with a fee payable to The Weavers Loft.
Thursday, Sept. 10, 9:30am-2:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 17 & 24, 12:30pm-2:30pmOpenRegister
South of the Border Thunderbolt BrocadeKarren Brito$80 members
$105 non members

Students provide own materials
You must know how to warp your loom and weave plain weave. Students provide their own yarns and loom (backstrap, rigid heddle or harness), 16" or wider, 10 dent reed or heddle, shuttles and 2 pick-up sticks 18" or longer. You need to warp your own loom following the instructions provided after registering and weave serveral inches of plain weave before arriving at class.
Detailed warping instructions and complete information about materials will be included in your confirmation email.

Brocade is a rather broad term for supplementary weft designs on a plain weave ground. This is a beginning level class. You will bring your loom warped, ready to weave plain weave. You can use a backstrap, rigid heddle or harness loom. This is a continuous brocade technique, i.e. the supplementary weft goes from selvage to selvage. It is a combination of inlay and overlay and the design is selected using a pick up stick. It is a simple but striking design, the same for every row, just moving over one end. You only have to count once. You might be surprised how fast and easy the design weaves. This technique leaves both sides of the cloth finished.
The samples pictured were woven on a 16" rigid heddle loom (10 dent RH) with 16/2 cotton for the ground cloth and weft, with embroidery floss for the brocade weft. You can choose either 8/2 doubled or 16/2 quadrupled for your ground cloth.

Level: Advanced Beginners and Above.
Class Limit: 8.

For more photos, illustrations, and detailed instructions about Thunderbolt Brocade, check out Karren's website.
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9am-4pmOpenRegister
Weaving Zapotec Style Delicate InlayKarren Brito$80 members
$105 non members

$2 materials fee payable to instructor
Level: Experience with Brocade Weaving
Class Limit: 6
This brocade style comes from Oaxaca, Mexico, and is a simple inlay on a plain weave ground with discontinuous brocade wefts.
Working with discontinuous brocading wefts is common in much of Mesoamerican hand-woven brocade but takes a little more skill than continuous brocade. Keeping track of all the ends is much easier if all the ends are on top and you can see them. The ground cloth is a fairly open cotton plain weave, so there is space for the brocading weft without major distortion.
Today, this delicate inlay from the Zapotec civilization is the most highly regarded of the brocades still made in Oaxaca. The Zapotecs pre-date the Aztecs and the Spaniards, and are still the largest ethnic group in Oaxaca today. The bold, garish colored Maya brocades are perhaps more familiar here in the U.S. This delicate brocade is used to decorate huipiles. Traditionally woven on a backstrap loom, you can use any portable loom. You will bring your loom warped, ready to weave, and then work on your loom. The motifs are geometric, birds, small animals, flowers, and corn. Much of the impact is from the density of the brocade.
This is a class for a more advanced brocade student, preferably one having taken the Thunderbolt continuous brocade class or some experience with brocade. These designs are weaver controlled.

All looms can weave plain weave. Use a backstrap, rigid heddle, or harness loom; it's up to you. Obviously, you need to be able to transport it to the workshop and weave balanced plain weave. The warp is 16/2 natural unmercerized cotton sett at 30 epi, 260 ends. Warp length can be 1.5 yards (18" loom waste allowed) or longer. You can use a rigid heddle loom with two 12 dent heddles for a more open sett of 24 epi but the same number of ends, 260. Your weaving will be 8.7" at 30 epi and 10.8" at 24 epi. The brocade weft is embroidery floss.

For more information and photos, click on "Register" to be taken to the EventBrite page. Detailed materials information and warping instructions will be sent once your registration is received.
Saturday, Oct. 24, 9am-4pmOpenRegister

Class Instructor Cost Description Date Status Eventbrite Link
Beginning Spinning 101Pat Maley$130 members
$155 non members

Materials fee payable to the instructor
Spinning is a relaxing way to obtrain yarns for use in weaving, knitting and crocheting, and making braids and tapes. In these sessions, you will learn the basics – wheel mechanics, drafting sliver, and spining on a wheel. The course includes an introduction to several fibers and a discussion of various types of wheels. You will learn how to ply yarn and how to finish the yarn you have spun. Use a Guild wheel or bring your own.
Mondays, Sept. 14, 21, 28 & Oct. 5
Beginning Spindle Spinning - Drop SpindlesPat Maley$40 members
$65 non members

Materials fee payable to the instructor
Do you want to learn to spin but don't have a wheel? This is a class for beginners that will teach you to spin on drop spindles, making spinning fun and portable. This is an easy and inexpensive way to spin a lot of yarn in the little bits of time scattered throughout the day. You will learn to use the various types of drop spindles that allow you to spin several kinds of longer fibers while you sit, stand, and walk. Bring any spindles you have to class. Spindles will be available to use in class. Wednesday, Oct. 7, 9am-12pmOpenRegister

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Other Techniques
Class Instructor Cost Description Date Status Eventbrite Link
Block Printing on TextilesBonnie Doty$50 members
$75 non members

$40 materials fee payable to the instructor
You will carve a printing block with your own design or one I provide. Learn carving techniques for positive or negative printing using an easy carve block surface. The same block can be used many times on fabric or paper surfaces. I will show you samples of different ways to use your carved block. Find complete details on the EventBrite page.

Class Limit: 10
Level: Beginners and above
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10am-2pmOpenRegister
Mandala Design Made EasyCindy Sturdevant$60 members
$85 non members

Materials fee payable to instructor
A mandala design is typically circular with design elements radiating outward from a center point (similar to a kaleidoscope) creating radial balance, or radial symmetry. There are many traditions that use the mandala to symbolize the cosmos, harmony, wisdom, or as an aid to meditation (e.g. rose windows, hex signs on Pennsylvania Dutch barns, Hindu and Buddhist art, etc). In this class we will learn to make several simple and/or complex mandala designs. Each circular design will be 12” in diameter. You will also learn to add color using a variety of colored pencil techniques. Your mandala designs may become a stand alone work of art or can function as a working pattern for a future fiber project including punch needle, rug hooking, tapestry, dyeing and quilting.

Class Limit: 10
Level: Beginners and above
Saturday, November 7, 10am-3pmOpenRegister