Due to COVID-19, FTWG cancelled its 2022 Conference two months before it was scheduled to start. As a result, this workshop was not taught in 2022.

Introduction to Harness Weaving

Skill Level


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 the one most weavers wish they had taken before they bought their first loom! It is for those who want to learn or refresh skills on a table or floor loom with two or more harnesses (not rigid heddle looms).  Students will participate in draft reading, 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, which will be provided by the instructor. Each student will have an opportunity to make a take-away warp for future use.

    The instructor suggests that beginners rent or borrow a loom before buying one. If you have a loom, please contact the instructor before March 1, 2022 to discuss its suitability for class. Those who bring a loom to class may use their take-away warp to dress the loom.


    Registration Fee $290 for FTWG members and $320 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)


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