Huck with Color and Weave Effects with Tom Knisely


Must be able to warp loom prior to class, read a draft, and handle more than one shuttle.

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

In this workshop, we will be pushing the boundaries of traditional Huck Lace.  For generations, Huck Lace has been woven in cotton or linen with warp and weft threads of the same size and color, allowing the warp floats and weft floats to be the focus of the pattern. 

We will apply color and weave theory to a Huck threading.  Light and dark color threads will be arranged in a specific order and treadled and woven with alternating color arrangements to create beautiful fabrics that go way beyond the normal traditions of weaving Huck lace.

You will weave a sampler threaded in a gamp format.  You will arrange different color and weave threadings in the same basic four-shaft Huck threading.  Numerous treadling combinations will give you dozens of different fabric samples to weave and explore.  Requires a minimum of a four-harness loom.

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

No materials fee.

  • A loom warped per instructions sent before class
  • Three shuttles
  • Bobbins
  • Bobbin winder
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Pins and weights for broken warp ends or floating selvedges
  • Remaining warp thread to use as weft
  • Any additional colors of thread that you might want to try during class.
  • Notebook with pen or pencil
  • Graph paper with 4 or 5 to the inch graph
  • Colored pencils

Tom Knisely

Tom Knisely is the resident weaving and spinning instructor for Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center.  Tom has been weaving and spinning for more than four decades.  Tom is a regular contributor to Handwoven Magazine and has done several instructional videos for FW Media on many aspects of weaving.  He has written five books on the subject of weaving.  They include, Weaving Rag Rugs, Weaving Baby Blankets, Weaving Linens, Huck with color and Weave Effects and a children’s book about weaving that is based on a true story.

Tom enjoys collecting antique textiles as well as ethnic textiles to use in his classes as inspiration for project ideas.  Tom and his wife Cindy, (A.K. A. Bink) live in York County, PA and just a few minutes away from the studio.  Red Stone Glen is owned and operated by his daughter Sara Bixler and her husband Dustin.