Four Selvedge Wedge Weave Workshop

Instructor: Michael Rohde
Visit his website to see examples of his work! www.michaelrohde.com
Dates:
Monday November 12th
Tuesday November 13th
Wednesday November 14th
Come to our brand new workshop to learn about the Four Selvedge Weave taught by Michael Rohde, an internationally known weaver of rugs and tapestries. We will starts by making a badge or pin face.

Four Selvedge Weave is unique in that the whole warp is used, and there are not cut ends, hence no fringe or finishing! We will use a small frame to set up the loom for this technique. Then weave a small tapestry or geometric image, in normal or wedge weave.

Wedge Weave is a weaving technique, occasionally used by the Navajo in the 19th century. If desired, you may explore edge weave as your Four Selvedge piece. Unlike traditional weaving, done on a grid format, in wedge weave, we start with a traditionally warped loom, but weave on an angle, first starting with a small triangle, then building it further. Angled stripes, chevrons, and zig-zags are a few possible design elements. What is most intriguing about the techniques is the scalloped selvedges that result when taken off the loom.

Student Expertise: all levels, from beginners to advanced

Students Supplies:
Rigid Heddle Loom, or other small loom
Yarn, 800-1800 yards per pound; variety will add to the interest of your woven project. (I will bring some examples)
Scissors
Tapestry or blunt needles
Small shuttles or tapestry bobbins
Tapestry or Navajo beater (an old metal kitchen table fork will work)
Note taking materials
Table light (optional)