The Intentional Weaver

In this course, master weaver Laura Fry shares her techniques for weaving efficiently and ergonomically. Join us to learn her practices for every step of the weaving process, from planning a project to winding a warp to dressing the loom.

Laura Fry · January 4, 2022

For master weaver and author, Laura Fry, most of her life has been spent in front of, under, or around a loom. Between production weaving, teaching, and writing about weaving for the past 40 some years, she has spent a lot of time working out ways to be more efficient and how to work ergonomically. In this course, Laura shares her techniques with weavers in order to help them prevent getting injured through doing the craft that they loved.

In this class, we’ll talk about how to hold your body, how to stand, how to ensure that you are not instigating inflammation in your body and preventing repetitive stress injury for as much as possible. The goal is summed up in the phrase: minimum input, maximum output. We’ll cover:

  • project planning for weaving
  • winding a warp efficiently
  • rough sleying a reed
  • beaming with a trapeze
  • threading heddles
  • sleying the reed
  • tying on vs lashing on
  • weaving the header
  • adjusting your beat
  • ergonomics at the loom
  • weaving with two shuttles
  • winding weft bobbins
  • yarn packages and tools for yarn wrangling

When people talk about slow cloth, there is nothing much slower than handwoven fabric. Everything about it is time consuming and labor intensive, but it can be quite enjoyable if it’s all flowing smoothly.

One of the unique aspects of this course is that we’ll have Felicia serve as the student and join Laura on-screen for some first-hand coaching through these movements and techniques. It’s important to recognize that we don’t necessarily “get it” the first time we try it and that it might take some practice before it becomes efficient. This is a practice that requires attention and intention. Give yourself time to allow yourself to learn the skill.

 These 4-shaft Ms and Ws twill placemats are quick to weave up in 3/2 cotton. Weave a set of 4 matching placemats or weave one long table runner. By changing up your treadling progressions, you can weave a series of different twill patterns too!

 In The Intentional Weaver course with Laura Fry, we learned how to beam a warp using a trapeze and this is the project we put on the loom. It's a 5-yard / 4.6 m long 3/2 cotton warp that we threaded on 8 shafts in a "wall of troy" threading pattern. This pattern can also be threaded on 4 shafts, so both drafts are included here. Changing the treadling will produce new patterns.

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Laura Fry

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Course Includes

  • 12 Lessons