San Francisco Fiber Classes
Below is a list of our scheduled classes. If you don't see a class that fits your schedule or interest, please let us know by sending a request at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact information and the type of class you'd like. When we receive enough requests (usually 4 people), we will coordinate among the potential students to find a suitable timeslot.
Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Workshop I
Knitters, spinners, and soon-to-be weavers can weave a scarf in a day! We will wind a warp and weave a scarf using a variety of yarns. We will also discuss finishing techniques as well as ways to make the rigid heddle loom a more versatile loom. All experience levels and ages are welcome. Loom rental is included. Bring your own yarn or purchase in class.
Introduction to Weaving I Workshop (W1W)
In this playful one-day class you will learn the mechanics of weaving by winding your warp and threading a four-harness floor loom. You will learn to read pattern drafts and good weaving techniques. There will be a demonstration on how to wet finish your project. This class is an introduction to weaving for the complete beginner, or a basic warp refresher for the returning student. Yarn and loom rental are included.
Warp to Weave (W2W)
The foremost goal is for the student to become familiar and comfortable with warping the loom and the medium of weaving. Using Lou's speed warping technique, each student will warp and weave a sampler or a project. In this 2-day workshop, you will learn how to calculate a warp, read drafts, and begin to understand how weave structure, color, texture, and design relate to each other. The class will include information on finishing your cloth and a loom lecture. Yarn and loom rental are included for beginners. Intermediate students are welcome to come for a warping refresher and their next weaving step. Returning student can purchase yarn and rent looms in class or bring their own.
Continue to Weave Workshop (W3W)
This 2-day class is for those of you who have woven on your own and feel comfortable warping a loom. If you would like more certainty in planning your next project, want to review and streamline your warping process, or to explore and try out new ideas, this class is designed for you. You will weave samples to test out your ideas, practice draft reading and designing, work with colors and patterns, and explore setts. The samples will be 3-5 inches, just enough to see if you like what you create. An individual pre-class phone consultation about your project or ideas is included. Looms may be rented or bring your own. Yarns may be purchased at the studio or you can bring your own. Extra studio time on the loom can be rented.
Frame Loom Weaving I
In this beginning class, using a frame, you will learn how warp your loom, how to lay in the weft yarn for rug making, including plain weave, vertical and horizontal stripes. You will a learn how to create texture weaves like rya or using novelty yarns or roving. There will be an introduction to pictorial tapestry, making shapes and using more than one color. Yarn and looms are provided.
Frame or Tapestry Loom Weaving II
In this class you will design a weaving, learning about cartoons, and what shapes and weaves lend themselves to your tapestry or wall hanging ideas. Once you have your design, you will warp your loom, and begin weaving. There will be a finishing demonstration so you can weave at home or during open studio times. (Dates and times of open studio will be established upon students' request). Yarn and looms are not provided, but can be rented or purchased from SF Fiber. Prerequisite: Frame Loom I or prior weaving experience.
Spinning – Wheel/Spindle
This comprehensive class will take you from fleece to yarn, using both the drop spindle and the spinning wheel. Learn about scouring, roving, carders, and flickers. You will explore long draw, short draw, worsted and woolen. Continuing students welcome. Bring your own wheel or rent one from instructor. If you have a spindle, bring it. If not, you can buy or borrow one for class. Raw wool and roving provided.
San Francisco Fiber offers individual private lessons by appointment. Lessons are taught by Lou Grantham and other local teachers. Lessons can include, but are not limited to, weaving, spinning, rigid heddle, basketry, tapestry, dyeing, and project planning. We work with students of all ages and skill levels.
We are happy to schedule lessons, loom set-up support, or loom repair at either our studio or at your personal location. Rates are currently $45 an hour plus any travel expenses.
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