Due to COVID-19, FTWG cancelled its 2020 Conference one week before it was scheduled to start. As a result, this workshop was not taught in 2020.

An Introduction to Harness Weaving

Skill Level

All levels

Required Skills:

    Class Length

    • 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


    This workshop is for those who want to learn or refresh skills on a 4-harness table or floor loom.  Students will participate in planning a project, measuring and making a warp, learning the proper names for tools and loom parts, dressing the loom, and learning the proper way to prepare shuttles.  If time allows, everyone will get a chance to weave on a warped loom.
    Photos are encourage to help remember the process. No video recording please.
    Looms may be borrowed from the instructor at no charge but must be reserved by March 1, 2020.  You may also borrow a loom from a friend or rent one from a local guild. 
    If you plan to bring a loom rather than borrowing one from the instructor, please contact the instructor before March 1, 2020 to discuss its suitability for the class.


    Registration Fee $260 for FTWG members and $295 for all others
    Materials Fee $25

    Materials Fee includes: Includes handouts, sample yarns, the use of instructor's equipment (tools, winders, warping boards, shuttles, etc.), warp and weft yarns for sample making.

    Students to Bring

    • Three-ring binder
    • Pencil with good eraser
    • Note paper
    • Scissors
    • Measuring Tape
    • Two contrasting colored pencils
    • Reading glasses or magnifying glass, if needed
    • Work lamp (optional)
    • Stool or bench (optional)
    • One boat shuttle with bobbins (optional)
    • One stick shuttle at least 10" long (optional)

    Instructor Bio

    Mary Scott spent her first career teaching in public education and training educators. In a serendipitous twist of fate, she became a shepherdess, spinner and weaver, and fiber took over her life! George Washington's Mount Vernon chose her to conduct field trip demonstrations for thousands of children and adults from all over the world. As owner of Serendipity Farm's studio and Weaver in Residences at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, she has taught spinning, weaving, dyeing, and felting for over 30 years. Her new studio in Leesburg, Florida continues her mission.

    Mary enjoys sharing her knowledge to help others find joy and satisfaction in textile arts. Her passion is dyeing with wild mushrooms!


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