San Francisco Fiber Classes

Classes taught at the Grand Avenue studio are currently being scheduled based on interest. If you would like to take a class with us, please send a request to with 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.

Introduction to Weaving
In this playful one-day class you will learn the mechanics of the weaving by winding a warp, threading a four-harness floor loom, weaving a pattern draft, weaving, and finishing a scarf. This class can be used as an introduction to weaving, or a warp refresher. Yarn and loom rental are included. This class can be used for the prerequisite for the Walnut Creek continuing class.

Warp to Weave
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. Creativity is encouraged, while learning rules and process. You will learn how to calculate a warp, read drafts, and begin to understand how weave structure, color, texture, and design and how they relate to each other. The class will include information on finishing your cloth and a loom lecture. Intermediate student are welcome to come for a warping refresher and their next weaving step. Yarn and loom rental are included for beginnings. Returning student can purchase yarn and rent looms in class or bring there own.

Spinning – Wheel/Spindle
The 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.

Spinners' Night Out
Spinners' Night Out is held the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring your wheel or drop spindle and join other spinners for a free monthly gathering. You can also experience Oakland's Grand Avenue First Thursday's art shows, and restaurants specials.

Private Lesson
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 levels.

We are happy to schedule lessons at either our studio or at your personal location. We are also available for loom set up and repairs. Lessons, set-up and repair appointments are billed at $40 an hour plus any travel expenses.

Phone   510.893.2015


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