Shadow Weave in Polychrome with Sarah Fortin

Skill Level


Required Skills:

  • All levels.  Must be able to read a draft and dress a 4 or 8 shaft loom.

Class Length

  • 2.5 Day Workshop (Friday am thru Sunday noon)


Shadow weave is a visually graphic and exciting weave structure, but may also be a stable, yet fluid fabric. It is a wonderful structure to use for clothing as well as home décor. Explore the numerous opportunities for creating beautiful cloth when using more than two colors or textures while weaving this structure. Using the Powell method of shadow weave as inspiration, we will use Harrisville Shetland yarns as our base color, designing color gamps, dressing the looms and weaving samples for creating a variety of fabrics with one draft and one warp (cotton yarn is also suitable).  Students will work in a round robin fashion so as to explore several drafts and colors. From these samples we will design a project that may be woven at home. Many samples and slides will be used for illustration.


Registration Fee $
Materials Fee $7

Materials Fee includes: $7 for handout Materials Fees are not collected as part of registration.  They are paid directly to the instructor at the beginning of class.

Students to Bring

  • At least a 4 shaft loom dressed as assigned (specific information will be provided after students are registered in the class).

Instructor Bio

Sarah became enthralled with hand weaving as a student of Clothing and Textiles at Washington State University. After graduating and coming to the east coast in the early 70’s, she continued to pursue weaving as a craft while working as an Extension Educator. She became a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen in 1985, weaving and sewing women’s clothing, throws and blankets. Sarah has taught weaving extensively in the Northeast and across the country. Her work has been awarded many times at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, New England Weavers Seminar, NH Weavers’ Guild Exhibits, HGA’s Convergence and The Blue Ridge Handweaving Show in NC with several of her pieces receiving recognition for excellence in craftsmanship and creativity.


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