Pick-up Weaving of South America Complementary-warp patterning on body-tensioned looms

In this two-day workshop, we follow the path of young girls in some regions of South America as they take their first steps in weaving on narrow warps that are tied to their waists. With these simple body-tensioned looms, we create bands of plain weave, and then learn to add simple pick-up patterns. While doing so, participants will review the basics of backstrap loom operation and the principles of complementary-warp pick-up weaving using only their fingers as tools.

Participants practice reading the weaving from the cloth as well as charting new designs directly from woven samples.

This versatile technique allows weavers to create patterns using a variety of base structures including twill, intermesh and pebble.

The principles are then applied to a slightly wider warp as we weave a classic Andean hook design on which many of the motifs seen in South American textiles are based. We will prepare warps to weave a variety of patterns by mirroring and flipping the hook motif.

Finally, we learn to apply these principles to warps of any width.

Participants will take home fully dressed warps that they create themselves in class so that they can continue to study these motifs and pick-up techniques.

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Class Schedule

A two day workshop with Laverne Waddington Dates: 12-13 August 2017 Time: 9:30am to 4:00pm

What you will learn
  • How to add simple pick-up patterns to bands of plain weave
  • How to read the weave from the cloth as well as charting new designs directly from woven samples
  • How to create patterns using a variety of base structures including twill, intermesh and pebble
What you will get
  • Fully dressed warps that they created themselves

What to bring
  • Scissors
  • Notebook and Pencil
What to wear

Casual and comfortable

Appropriate for

Beginners and intermediate weavers

The Guild's aim is to bring together those who practise handweaving, spinning and allied crafts and to help and encourage them to increase their knowledge, understanding and skills by discussion, demonstration, exhibition, teaching and the provision of quality resource materials.

Our Guild rooms house an excellent library and craft supply, sell members work and host a wonderful range of interest groups, classes and workshops.

We have members and affiliated groups throughout the state.

Come and join us!

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Cancellations and refunds

The Guild reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient numbers. If we cancel the workshop you will be notified and will be issued with a 100% refund.

If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop/course date the Guild will retain a 10% administration fee.

If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days before the workshop/course date the Guild will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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23 August 2017 • Pick-up Weaving of South America - Weaving Workshop

The class was very interesting and ran at a good pace. The techniques of back strap weaving are unique and Laverne has experience learning it from the indigenous weavers of South America. I would thoroughly recommend it.