Mary Berent

Weaving Workshop Instructor


A Two-day or Three Day Workshop by Mary Berent

Handwoven Cotton Samples8/2 cotton is a wondrous yarn indeed! It is strong, absorbent, resists wrinkles, wears well, comes in scores of colors, and is easy to work with—from rugs to lacy weaves to knitting, and on top of all that it’s inexpensive!

This workshop will demonstrate the variety of fabrics possible using only one specific yarn—8/2 cotton. Instruction will include a brief history of cotton, including both hand and industrial processing of cotton. There will be discussion and sample pieces to show successful setts and weave Handwoven 8/2 Cotton Samplesstructures for this yarn. Shrinkage and complete project planning will also be covered. The weaving will be a “round-robin” style workshop with participants weaving on eight to ten looms illustrating different weave structures and setts appropriate for 8/2 cotton. Workshop participants will leave the workshop with a diverse set of samples ranging from rep weave suitable for rugs, to transparent lace fabric suitable for a scarf. Other samples include fabrics appropriate for table linens, clothing and home furnishings.

Handwoeven 8/2 CottonThis workshop is intended for beginning to intermediate weavers (those who can warp the loom from written instructions and who understand basic drafting). Participants will come with looms pre-warped. A $20 lab fee per participant will cover a binder for samples, notes and about 36 pages of handouts. Workshop limited to 20 participants.

Equipment and facilities to be provided include: a room of suitable size for the number of participants, very good lighting, tables for looms plus one table for instructional materials, chairs for all participants plus a couple of extras, one bobbin winder, one swift, one ball winder, blackboard, chalk and eraser.

Each student will need to bring to the workshop: A loom warped according to instructions, weft yarn for that loom, shuttle(s) for that loom, basic weaving equipment (threading hook, scissors, tapestry needle, paper and pencil for note taking, masking tape), and most important, a willingness to learn!

Handwoven 8/2 CottonI will provide the drafts by mail ahead for threading the looms and a notebook with about 36 pages of handouts ($20 lab fee per participant as above), and a willingness to teach.

A three-day workshop is $1200, two-day workshop is $950 plus transportation, room and board. I am delighted to stay with a weaver, but request my own room. I have no allergies and I am not fussy about meals.