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Introduction to Frame Loom Weaving

Learn to weave in this beginner's course as you deepen your understanding of hand weaving's relevance in relation to material production, fine art, and craft. Explore traditional tapestry approaches such as interlocking, inlay, and shape-building alongside basket weave, twill, soumak, pile, rya, and twining techniques. Virtual visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and presentations on contemporary handweavers supplement this studio experience. No experience is necessary. You may use your own frame loom for this course or construct a DIY loom from common household items under instructor guidance on the first day. 

Week 1: Syllabus Review, Intro to Weaving, DIY Looms
Week 2: Tapestry Foundations
Week 3: Weaving Shapes
Week 4: Texture and Distorted Wefts
Week 5: Stripes and More
Week 6: Final Project Kick Off
Week 7: Studio Work Day for Final Project
Week 8: Studio Work Day for Final Project
Week 9: Studio Work Day for Final Project
Week 10: Final Project Critique

Meet the instructor Emily Breidenbach!

Registration for this course is closed.

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intro to weaving spring
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Class meeting time 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM CT
Class meeting days Wednesday
Building and room Online
Course number 2441
Course instructor Emily Breidenbach