in/finite body
Nov
2
to Dec 8

in/finite body

in/finite body is a series of new tapestry work by artist Natalie Novak. The ten pieces in this collection use symbols and color to describe the exigencies of living in a human body and how that simultaneously connects and disconnects us from experiencing the world. Our physical self is the means and the limitation for our exploration of vast landscapes both internal and external. We are constantly changing beings forging relationships within ourselves and the universe as we know it, which is also in continuous flux. This endless shifting is a dance we must navigate our entire lives, and the steps are changing every second of every day.

in/finite body will be on display at Woodshop Woodshop from Friday, November 2nd through Saturday, December 8th. Gallery hours are Friday & Saturday 12-6 or by appointment. Please email me to schedule a visit outside regular hours!

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Beginning Weaving Workshop
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

Beginning Weaving Workshop

In this 5 hour class you'll learn the fundamentals of weaving on a frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to set up your loom, weave simple shapes, create texture, fringe and how to finish your weaving.  We'll cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving so you can continue on your own with confidence.  Materials will be provided to use during class and to start (and maybe finish!) your own woven wall hanging.  You'll leave the workshop with a new skill set and a basic loom kit with all the essentials.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND SIGN UP!

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Beginning Weaving Workshop
Nov
18
11:00 AM11:00

Beginning Weaving Workshop

In this 5 hour class you'll learn the fundamentals of weaving on a frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to set up your loom, weave simple shapes, create texture, fringe and how to finish your weaving.  We'll cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving so you can continue on your own with confidence.  Materials will be provided to use during class and to start (and maybe finish!) your own woven wall hanging.  You'll leave the workshop with a new skill set and a basic loom kit with all the essentials.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND SIGN UP!

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Contemporary Threads
Oct
25
to Oct 27

Contemporary Threads

I’ll be here Thursday and Friday with some newly woven necklaces. Or come visit Saturday, I’ll be out of town, but my weaving will be holding it down without me!

STOCKPILER PRESENTS: CONTEMPORARY THREADS HOSTED BY KAT + MAOUCH
TH, OCT 25TH FROM 4-6P • FR, OCT 26TH FROM 4-6P • SA, OCT 27TH FROM 11-6P

Contemporary Threads features a lineup of local textile artists during Portland Textile Month. Join us on Thursday, October 25 from 4-6 pm for our opening party and first to shop opportunity. Plus, don’t miss Kat+Maouche’s talk at 5 pm on The History of Berber Rugs as Cultural Objects.

Friday and Saturday shop handcrafted soft goods, watch textile demonstrations and more. Talk with contemporary artists focused on elevating textile creativity and awareness in PDX.  Participating textile professionals include LeBrie Rich of Penfelt, Gloria Freshley, Emily Katz, Katherine Entis, Tricia Langman, Patty Benson, Sarah Wertzberger, Natalie Novak, Megan Mesloh and more.

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Warped Weaving Workshop with Make & Mary
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Warped Weaving Workshop with Make & Mary

Welcome to an extra special edition of Beginning Weaving!  I'm teaming up with Yvonne Perez of Make & Mary to bring you this cannabis infused workshop that approaches weaving as a creative meditation.  Weaving is known as one of the world's oldest crafts, a slow and methodical art that helps us integrate the mind, body and spirit to achieve a genuine practice of meditation and self expression.  And it's really fun! 

In this 3 hour class you'll learn all the basics of weaving on a frame loom and have the option to sample some of Oregon's finest CBD/THC wares in a beautiful and relaxed environment.  Registration includes guided weaving instruction, cannabis treats, light refreshment and a complete weaving kit, (loom, weaving tools, yarn and illustrated how-to booklet), for you to keep.  You can also BYOW to this event!

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND SIGN UP!

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Beginning Weaving Workshop with Homespun School
Jul
8
11:00 AM11:00

Beginning Weaving Workshop with Homespun School

I'm teaming up with Homespun School to bring you this beginning weaving workshop!

In this 5 hour class you'll learn the fundamentals of weaving on a frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to set up your loom, weave simple shapes, create texture, fringe and how to finish your weaving.  We'll cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving so you can continue on your own with confidence.  Materials will be provided to use during class and to start (and maybe finish!) your own woven wall hanging.  You'll leave the workshop with a new skill set and a basic loom kit with all the essentials.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND SIGN UP!

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Weaving Workshop: Color Changes and Gradations
Jul
1
11:00 AM11:00

Weaving Workshop: Color Changes and Gradations

In this class you'll learn three different methods of blending one yarn into the next.  We'll use subtle shifts and mathematical balance (no actual math required!) to smoothly transition between hues and values.   The techniques you'll learn in this class can be used for plain weave, shapes and textured weaves on any type of loom.

FIND ALL THE DETAILS AND SIGN UP HERE!

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Art Opening Party @ Woodshop Woodshop: NOPO Neon & Tugs
Jun
13
6:00 PM18:00

Art Opening Party @ Woodshop Woodshop: NOPO Neon & Tugs

Come to the party at my gallery for the artist reception and opening of NOPO Neon and Tugs, new paintings by Brad Parker.  Parker's watercolors celebrate Portland's iconic past and present through images of classic neon signs, tugboats and bridges. 

Drinks and snacks and beautiful handmade work from more than a dozen Portland artists.  No need to RSVP,we'll see you when you get here!

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Weaving As Meditation at Spirit Weavers - Moon Session
Jun
7
to Jun 11

Weaving As Meditation at Spirit Weavers - Moon Session

  • Spirit Weavers Gathering (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont

In this class we will explore creative meditation through the use of flower essences and tapestry weaving. Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont will share with you the ancient craft of weaving as a means of entering a meditative state.

Weaving is a methodical and slow practice. As our hands get involved with each stitch our minds are free to rest from our conscious stream of thought. It is in this state of quiet that we are able to hear our creative voice and let that voice be heard and SHINE!

The flower essences will unlock any barriers to your true creative self as your fingers dance across the loom! Join this class and learn to weave, but also, how weaving can be a tool used daily for self care and meditation.

Sign up through the SWG website by clicking HERE.

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Weaving As Meditation at Spirit Weavers - Sun Session
May
31
to Jun 4

Weaving As Meditation at Spirit Weavers - Sun Session

  • Spirit Weavers Gathering (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont

In this class we will explore creative meditation through the use of flower essences and tapestry weaving. Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont will share with you the ancient craft of weaving as a means of entering a meditative state.

Weaving is a methodical and slow practice. As our hands get involved with each stitch our minds are free to rest from our conscious stream of thought. It is in this state of quiet that we are able to hear our creative voice and let that voice be heard and SHINE!

The flower essences will unlock any barriers to your true creative self as your fingers dance across the loom! Join this class and learn to weave, but also, how weaving can be a tool used daily for self care and meditation.

Sign up through the SWG website by clicking HERE.

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Intermediate Weaving Workshop: Color Changes and Gradations
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Weaving Workshop: Color Changes and Gradations

In this class you'll learn three different methods of blending one yarn into the next.  We'll use subtle shifts and mathematical balance (no actual math required!) to smoothly transition between hues and values.   The techniques you'll learn in this class can be used for plain weave, shapes and textured weaves on any type of loom.

FIND ALL THE DETAILS AND SIGN UP HERE!

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Portland Weaving Club!
May
22
5:00 PM17:00

Portland Weaving Club!

What happens when all the weavers in Portland area (or at least a handful of us) meet up in real life to weave together, share yarn and swap stories?  Come to Weaving Club to find out! 

If you haven't touched your loom in a little while, this might the the motivation you need to pick up your yarn.  Maybe you weave all the time and just want to do it in the company of others with string on the brain.  Either way, you're invited to join the Portland Weaving Club! 

Bring yourself, your favorite weaving friends, pack up your loom and maybe a snack or drink to share if you want to.  Everyone is welcome at this free event, please RSVP to natalie@combedthunder.com.

This month we're hoping to weave outside in one of the city's many beautiful parks.  Because the PNW weather is so unpredictable we might not know until the day of whether we'll be inside or out.  Make sure to RSVP so you know where to find us!

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Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop
May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop

I'm teaming up with Homespun School to bring you this beginning weaving workshop!

In this 5 hour class you'll learn the fundamentals of weaving on a frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to set up your loom, weave simple shapes, create texture, fringe and how to finish your weaving.  We'll cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving so you can continue on your own with confidence.  Materials will be provided to use during class and to start (and maybe finish!) your own woven wall hanging.  You'll leave the workshop with a new skill set and a basic loom kit with all the essentials.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND SIGN UP!

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Intermediate Weaving Workshop:  How the @$#%! do I weave that?
Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

Intermediate Weaving Workshop: How the @$#%! do I weave that?

Having trouble with complex shapes?  Getting stuck on circles?  Not sure how to plan and weave your design?  This might be the class you're looking for.  In this hands on workshop we'll be working with cartoons and exploring techniques to help you make your tapestry dreams come true.  Sound good? 

FIND ALL THE DETAILS AND SIGN UP HERE!

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The Blue of Distance @ Woodshop Woodshop
Apr
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Blue of Distance @ Woodshop Woodshop

There's a beautiful new show of woven work at my gallery, Woodshop Woodshop.  Join me for the opening party and artist reception of Taylor Nehrling's The Blue of Distance.  There are over a dozen handwoven and indigo dyed works in this collection plus a few of Taylor's shibori dyed moonscapes.  No need to RSVP, see you there!

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Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop
Apr
15
11:00 AM11:00

Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop

I'm teaming up with Homespun School to bring you this beginning weaving workshop!

In this 5 hour class you'll learn the fundamentals of weaving on a frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to set up your loom, weave simple shapes, create texture, fringe and how to finish your weaving.  We'll cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving so you can continue on your own with confidence.  Materials will be provided to use during class and to start (and maybe finish!) your own woven wall hanging.  You'll leave the workshop with a new skill set and a basic loom kit with all the essentials.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AND SIGN UP!

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Portland Weaving Club!
Apr
10
5:00 PM17:00

Portland Weaving Club!

What would happen if all the weavers in Portland area (or at least a handful of us) met up in real life to weave together, share yarn and swap stories?  I'm pretty sure it'll be magic and I can't wait to find out. 

If you haven't touched your loom in a little while, this might the the motivation you need to pick up your yarn.  Maybe you weave all the time and just want to do it in the company of others with string on the brain.  Either way, you're invited to join the Portland Weaving Club!  Bring yourself, invite your favorite weaving friends, pack up your loom and maybe a snack or drink to share if you want to.  Everyone is welcome at this free event, please RSVP to natalie@combedthunder.com.

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Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop
Mar
4
11:00 AM11:00

Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop

I'm teaming up with Homespun School again to bring you an extended version of Weaving 101! 

In this 5 hour class you'll learn the fundamentals of weaving on a frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During this hands-on workshop you'll learn how to set up your loom, weave simple shapes, create texture, fringe and how to finish your weaving.  We'll cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving so you can continue on your own with confidence.  Materials will be provided to use during class and to start (and maybe finish!) your own woven wall hanging.  You'll leave the workshop with a new skill set and a basic loom kit with all the essentials.

CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE DETAILS

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Weaving as Meditation Workshop at the Sou'wester
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Weaving as Meditation Workshop at the Sou'wester

In February I'm offering a class that doesn't come around too often: Weaving as Meditation.  I teach this class in partnership with my friend Samantha LaMont of Cardinal Point, and while we usually only offer this workshop at retreats, this winter we're taking it to the historic Sou'wester!  Weaving as Meditation will be a five hour Sunday class with an optional bedtime meditation on Saturday for those of you staying overnight.  This is an all-levels workshop that introduces a different approach to weaving. We'll use flower and gem essences to intuitively integrate creative meditation into your weaving, whether you've never touched a loom or if you're looking for a way to deepen your current practice. 

We're really excited to offer this workshop on the beautiful Long Beach Peninsula of the Washington Coast.  Class cost is $40 + $65 materials fee.  (The Sou'wester website currently has the materials fee listed incorrectly, this is the correct cost and we are working to correct the error!)

FIND OUT MORE AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT HERE!

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Portland Weaving Club!
Feb
21
5:00 PM17:00

Portland Weaving Club!

What would happen if all the weavers in Portland area (or at least a handful of us) met up in real life to weave together, share yarn and swap stories?  I'm pretty sure it'll be magic and I can't wait to find out. 

If you haven't touched your loom in a little while, this might the the motivation you need to pick up your yarn.  Maybe you weave all the time and just want to do it in the company of others with string on the brain.  Either way, you're invited to the inaugural meeting of the Portland Weaving Club!  Bring yourself, invite your favorite weaving friends, pack up your loom and maybe a snack or drink to share if you want to.  Everyone is welcome at this free event, please RSVP to natalie@combedthunder.com.

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Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop

  • The Carver Room at Old Salt Marketplace (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'm teaming up with Homespun School of Traditional Craft to bring you this beginning weaving workshop!  In our 3.5 hour class you'll learn the essentials of weaving on a simple wooden frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During the workshop we'll weave basic shapes, create texture and fringe using colorful, natural yarns and fibers.  We'll also cover basic terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving.  Everyone will leave with their own complete woven wall hanging!

If you don't want the weaving to stop at the end of the workshop you can add a loom kit to take home with you. 

 CLICK HERE FOR FULL DESCRIPTION AND SIGN UP AT HOMESPUN!

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Grand Opening Party at Woodshop Woodshop!
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Grand Opening Party at Woodshop Woodshop!

Did you hear the good news?  I opened a gallery/shop in Portland! My husband and I have been working on this project for the last couple of years and we are happy to say that Woodshop Woodshop is open.  We're specializing in high quality, hand made art, furniture and objects with a focus on one of a kind and super small scale local production.  We invite you to come celebrate the new space with us on Thursday, November 16th from 5-9 pm.  Many of the artists will be there and we'll have snacks and spirits for everyone.  No need to RSVP, just show up and bring your friends.  See you there!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT WOODSHOP WOODHOP

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Southwestern Weaving @ The Weaving Kind Makerie
Oct
19
to Oct 22

Southwestern Weaving @ The Weaving Kind Makerie

  • The Colorado Chautauqua (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

What is it about the textiles of the American Southwest that makes them so inspirational and enduring?  Although weaving is a common thread throughout all cultures of the world, this particular region is home to a great diversity of weavers and styles.  From the Navajo to the Rio Grande, from the Hopi to the Chimayo, Zapotec and beyond the work of southwestern weavers is a living tradition and in this workshop you'll learn some of the magic that brings these textiles so vibrantly to life. 

Using a simple loom and tools (provided for use during the workshop), you'll begin to incorporate these ancient methods into your own modern practice.  In class we'll cover design, process and technique with a focus on weaving in the Navajo style. 

While you're busy weaving we'll also take a brief journey through time to understand the practices and uncover the myths and stories of the southwestern peoples.  Discover how to elevate necessity and utility into intricate and lasting beauty through your own woven work.  

I'll be teaching alongside Neil Goss, Sarah Neubert, Janelle Pietrzak, Lucy Poskitt, Erin M. Riley, Meghan Shimek and special guest speaker Maryanne Moodie at this incredible event from The Weaving Kind & The Makerie.  

All your favorite weavers will be coming together in Boulder, CO for a weekend of fun, education, creativity and community.  

Find all of the information and sign up HERE.

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Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop!
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop!

  • The Carver Room @ Old Salt Marketplace (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'm teaming up with Homespun School of Traditional Craft to bring you this beginning weaving workshop!

In our 3 hour class you'll learn the essentials of weaving on a simple wooden frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.  During the workshop we'll weave basic shapes, create texture and fringe using colorful, natural yarns and fibers.  We'll also cover basic terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving.  Everyone will leave with their own complete woven wall hanging!

If you don't want the weaving to stop at the end of the workshop you can add a loom kit to take home with you. 

 CLICK HERE FOR FULL DESCRIPTION AND SIGN UP AT HOMESPUN!

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Summer Weaving Retreat!
Aug
11
to Aug 13

Summer Weaving Retreat!

  • North Fork 53 Retreat Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BUSY HANDS, QUIET MINDS: WEAVING AS MEDITATION

with Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont

WELCOME!  We are inviting you to join us on this summer retreat to explore the ancient craft of weaving through creative meditation and wildflower essences. We'll be gathering together at North Fork 53, a beautiful organic farmstead on the banks of the Nehalem River about 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Our home, for the weekend, is a lovingly restored craftsman farmhouse located on seven acres surrounded by gardens, trees and meadows. We'll spend our days learning, weaving and sharing meals and ideas in this enchanting place. In the evening there will be time to relax, reflect and enjoy each others company around a fire under the stars. All skill levels are welcome, from absolute beginner to master weaver. To be clear, this retreat is open to EVERYONE and we encourage you to come as you are, on your own, with a partner or with friends.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL DESCRIPTION AND SIGN UP!

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Busy Hands, Quiet Minds: Weaving as Meditation @ Spirit Weavers Gathering MOON SESSION
Jun
8
to Jun 12

Busy Hands, Quiet Minds: Weaving as Meditation @ Spirit Weavers Gathering MOON SESSION

  • Spirit Weavers Gathering (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont

In this class we will explore creative meditation through the use of flower essences and tapestry weaving. Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont will share with you the ancient craft of weaving as a means of entering a meditative state.

Weaving is a methodical and slow practice. As our hands get involved with each stitch our minds are free to rest from our conscious stream of thought. It is in this state of quiet that we are able to hear our creative voice and let that voice be heard and SHINE!

The flower essences will unlock any barriers to your true creative self as your fingers dance across the loom! Join this class and learn to weave, but also, how weaving can be a tool used daily for self care and meditation.

Sign up through the SWG website by clicking HERE.

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Busy Hands, Quiet Minds: Weaving as Meditation @ Spirit Weavers Gathering SUN SESSION
Jun
1
to Jun 5

Busy Hands, Quiet Minds: Weaving as Meditation @ Spirit Weavers Gathering SUN SESSION

  • Spirit Weavers Gathering (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

With Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont

We are so excited to be teaching this class at both the Sun and Moon sessions of the Spirit Weavers Gathering this year!

In this class we will explore creative meditation through the use of flower essences and tapestry weaving. Natalie Novak and Samantha LaMont will share with you the ancient craft of weaving as a means of entering a meditative state.

Weaving is a methodical and slow practice. As our hands get involved with each stitch our minds are free to rest from our conscious stream of thought. It is in this state of quiet that we are able to hear our creative voice and let that voice be heard and SHINE!

The flower essences will unlock any barriers to your true creative self as your fingers dance across the loom! Join this class and learn to weave, but also, how weaving can be a tool used daily for self care and meditation.

Sign up through the SWG website by clicking HERE.

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Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop!
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Portland: Beginning Weaving Workshop!

  • The Carver Room @ Old Salt Marketplace (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I'm teaming up with Homespun School of Traditional Craft to teach you how to weave!

In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn the basics of weaving on a simple wooden frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.

In class we'll create shapes, texture and fringe using colorful natural yarns.  We'll cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving and learn how to finish and hang your first woven piece.  You'll go home with your own loom, enough yarn to complete your first weaving and an illustrated instruction booklet with everything we learned in class!

Space is limited to allow for individual instruction.  Wine and snacks provided!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP THROUGH COMBED THUNDER!

 

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Seattle: Beginning Weaving Workshop (Postponed!)
Apr
27
6:00 PM18:00

Seattle: Beginning Weaving Workshop (Postponed!)

I'm so sorry to announce this workshop has to be postponed!  I am hoping to reschedule for July.

In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn the basics of weaving on a simple wooden frame loom from Portland artist Natalie Novak.

In class we'll create stripes, shapes, texture and fringe using colorful natural yarns.  We'll also cover terms and techniques to help unravel the mysteries of weaving and learn how to finish and hang your first woven piece.  You'll go home with your own loom, enough yarn to complete your first weaving and an illustrated instruction booklet with everything we learned in class!

Space is limited to allow for individual instruction.  Light refreshment provided.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP! 

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