Interweave Yarn Fest Doubles Down on Weaving
Weaving has always been important at Interweave Yarn Fest, but for the sake of portability we’ve always stuck with little looms. And it’s been great—weavers new and experienced have taken classes in tapestry, pin looms, rigid-heddle weaving, and warp painting. But at national conferences, weavers from all over take classes with all kinds of looms. Could weaving go big at Interweave Yarn Fest? Really big? Maybe even twice as big?
Top 5 Reasons Why Weavers Will Love Interweave Yarn Fest 2018:
1. Dig deep into doubleweave.
This year, we’re offering our very first two-day class: Doubleweave with Deb Essen. Starting Thursday, April 12, students can learn to weave doublewide cloth, closed tubes, and two-layered pick-up samplers. Between Thursday and Friday classes, students can practice the first day’s lessons in an open studio evening staffed by Handwoven editors.
2. Sample a type of weaving that’s new to you.
Whether you’d like an introductory class on weaving on a rigid-heddle loom from Susan E. Horton or want to explore tapestry weaving with Rebecca Mezoff (without the commitment of buying equipment), Yarn Fest offers a range of weaving classes for beginners and brave explorers alike. You can even try weaving with no loom in Triaxial Weaving with Sara Bixler.
3. Sample something outside weaving.
If you spin, you’ll love Kate Larson’s Spinning for Bandweaving! Even nonknitters can learn the basics of machine knitting with Margit Tritt, and anyone who loves yarn will have a ball dyeing yarn with Nancy Shroyer. If your skills include crochet, knitting, needlework, or spinning, you have dozens more options.
4. Shop . . .
Whether it’s a weaving yarn favorite such as RedFish DyeWorks, a luxury tool maker such as KCL Woods, or all kinds of yarn-related loveliness, the Interweave Yarn Fest Marketplace is the place to go. (Favoritism aside, it’s one of the best marketplaces I’ve had the pleasure of shopping.)
5. Discover other weaving traditions.
Elizabeth Johnston is this year’s Keynote Speaker. In addition to her spinning and knitting knowledge from a lifetime living on Shetland, she is an expert in North Atlantic warp-weighted looms.
Join us at Interweave Yarn Fest 2018, April 12–15 in Loveland, Colorado!
Featured Image: From left, learn to weave tapestry with Rebecca Mezoff, doubleweave with Deb Essen, handspun bands with Kate Larson, and triaxial off-loom designs with Sara Bixler at Interweave Yarn Fest 2018.
Stretch Your Weaving Horizons!