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)

    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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