Guest Speakers at State Meetings in 2021


  • May 15, 2021 - 10am

The Fabric of Civilization

Author Virginia Postrel


Textiles are one of humanity’s oldest and most influential technologies, yet we take them for granted. Drawing on her widely praised new book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, author Virginia Postrel will take us on a tour of some of the innovations that gave us today’s textile abundance and the ways textiles shaped civilization as we know it.



The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

May 13 and 20 (Virtual)


Weaving Overshot on an 8-shaft loom

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

Anita Thompson
June 11-12-13 2021 from 10 am - 5 pm
Experience Level:  Advanced Beginner and up
Fee: $300 (includes materials

Independent Block Overshot on 8 shafts is a structure that allows the weaver to produce cloth with beautiful, clear patterns. Where the usual traditional 4-shaft overshot has halftones that soften the blocks of pattern, this structure allows control of the block and halftone placement. Manipulating the blocks and halftones in the tie-up results in clean lines and vast amounts of design possibilities within a single threading.

We will explore the use of profile drafts, and the process involved in converting 4-shaft designs into 8-shaft overshot drafts. A warp will be provided in advance, with instructions to dress your own loom at home. At the workshop we’ll be weaving round-robin style, and you’ll leave with a set of samples. Weft will be provided.


Beginner Rigid Heddle

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

July 17 and 24 (In-Person)



HGC State Program Schedule 2020-21

Maxi Workshops

Shadow Weave

Chris Hammel

August 19 and 20 2021 at the Church in South Glastonbury

Fee: $150 + $20 handout fee

Class size: 12

The goal of this workshop is to give participants the tools to be able to design their own shadow weave patterns using twill and profile threadings as starting points. The Powell System will be used because this will enable people to work with the patterns in Powell's book, 1000+ Patterns in Shadow Weave, with greater understanding and ease. If time permits, the differences between Atwater and Powell Systems will be discussed. There will be an on-loom component to the workshop with the weaving of a gamp on the participant's own loom. A draft will be provided by the instructor, and participants will need to dress their 4- or 8-shaft loom in advance of the workshop. Detailed warp instructions will be provided well before the workshop. The importance of value contrast between the yarns, methods, and tools for measuring value, and techniques for managing the shuttles and selvedges also will be discussed. Participants will be shown how to wind two different yarns simultaneously in an efficient and fast manner while maintaining a thread-by-thread cross.


Turned Beiderwand: One Threading, Multiple Structures


The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center

Karen Donde

August 27-28-29 2021 from 10 am - 5 pm

Experience Recommended: Intermediate / Advanced

Fee: $305-$330


Join the talented Karen Donde during this three-day workshop. Learn Beiderwand basics, how to warp and tension a supplementary warp with or without a second warp beam, design turned Beiderwand, turn a draft and adapt the threading to weave several different structures. Each participant will weave a variety of samples on his/her own loom. Several different drafts will be provided to offer a variety of designs for discussion.