Mary Berent

Weaving Workshop Instructor


A Two-day or Three Day Workshop by Mary Berent

HandwovensCotton yarn comes in so many styles; shiny mercerized pearl cotton, nubby novelties, soft chenille, and fat mop cotton. Much of the weaving done by the “average” weaver starts with cotton yarn.

This workshop will illustrate the tremendous range of beautiful fabrics that can be woven starting with commonly available cotton yarns. Instruction will include basic information on cotton fibers, as well as combining cotton with other fibers. Handwoven CottonProject planning will include sett, shrinkage and weave structure appropriate for various cotton yarns. This is a “round-robin” style workshop, and each participant will weave eight to ten different samples. The samples will use smooth, shiny, pearl cotton in a variety of sizes, sett and structures; unmercerized cotton yarn; several cotton, cotton/rayon, or cotton/linen novelty yarns; and a couple of “What would happen if…” combinations of wool and cotton and mohair and cotton. The emphasis of the workshop is on designing fabric using readily available cotton yarns as a base on which to build.

This 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 per participant lab fee will cover a binder for samples, notes and about 36 pages of handouts. Workshop limited to 20 participants.

Rep WeaveEquipment 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, a 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!

Hanwoven Cotton SamplesI 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.