18th Century Linens with Melissa Weaver Dunning


Must be able to bring a warped loom to class.

2.5 Days

Friday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9 am to 12 pm

There are many beautiful linen patterns from the 18th and 19th century that were woven by professional and home weavers alike.  Every weaver with an interest in historical weaving should try linen!  In this class you will sample Bronson, Huck, M’s & O’s, Dimity, and three kinds of Twill in linen and in cotton.  You will learn about linen finishing and distressing, and discuss efficient 18th century warping & beaming techniques.  Most drafts are four-harness, but some eight-harness drafts are available. This workshop will be a round robin, which means that students rotate from one loom to another in order to weave on a variety of drafts.

Registration fee of $260 for FTWG members and $295 for all others.

Materials fee of $30 for a yarn kit, postage, and handouts.

  • A warped loom
  • Two to three shuttles
  • Bobbins
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Note taking tools

Melissa Weaver Dunning

Melissa Weaver Dunning is a hand-weaver, spinner and knitter with over 35 years of experience working on antique equipment to recreate 18th and 19th century home produced textiles.  She began her textile study with Scottish master weaver Norman Kennedy in 1980, and carries on this rich tradition in her own teaching.  Melissa is an avid tartan and linen weaver, a compulsive knitter and a lover of wool who enjoys sharing her passion for weaving and spinning with students.