It’s in the Warp: Color and Design in Warp-Faced Rep

Skill Level


Required Skills:

  • Know how to dress a loom and read a threading draft (which will be sent in advance)
  • Have some understanding of profile drafts. There will be theory lectures which will help in this understanding.

Class Length

  • 2.5 Days
  • Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm


Explore the multitude of designs possible in warp-faced rep by using two different colorways and two different weights of weft. Learn an easy way to tie a wide warp onto the front cloth beam rod, in addition to a versatile treadling method to maximize the number of patterns. Discussions will focus on color, movement of blocks, skeleton tie-ups, and threading systems. Drafts for 4- and 8-shaft looms will be sent in advance, along with color suggestions for the two different colorways of pattern and background. Weavers will warp and thread their looms prior to workshop and work exclusively on their own loom throughout the 3-day workshop. Weavers will also learn the Cavandoli knot, a way to finish textiles with fringe.


Registration Fee $425 Members; $500 Non-members
Materials Fee $35

Materials Fee includes: Postage fee for mailing three spiral-bound booklets, netting shuttle, materials for a color wrap.

Students to Bring

  • 4- or 8-shaft loom at least 15 inches wide
  • 10 or 12 dent reed
  • Weaving sword
  • Reed hook
  • Tape measure
  • One boat shuttle with bobbins
  • Two ski, stick, or rug shuttles
  • Sturdy cord (like cotton butcher cord) or smooth linen to use for a lashing-on cord
  • About 10 yards of cotton, nylon, or linen cord, waste yarn, or torn rags to use as a header for opening out the shed
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Graph paper (4 squares per inch)
  • Colored pens or pencils for block designs
  • Paper for note taking
  • Weights for broken warp ends
  • Masking Tape

Instructor Bio

Rosalie Neilson loves using color and geometric design in her weavings. An avid designer and teacher, she was featured in a 2-hour DVD by Interweave Press (now Long Thread Media) called Rep Weave. She publishes regularly in weaving journals and maintains an active teaching schedule throughout the United States, Canada, and England. Her recently published book, An Exaltation of Blocks, is in its second printing. It features a toolkit of design pages and transparent overlays for exploring symmetric block design.


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