HGC State Program Schedule 2020-21

Maxi Workshops

August 2021 at the Church

Shadow Weave

Chris Hammel 

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.

Fee: $150 + $20 handout fee. Class size: 12



April 8 & 9, 2021 (TBD - In person at the church vs Zoom)


Deflected Double Weave: Connections, Layers and Pockets

Janney Simpson 

Deflected Double Weave (DDW) is a weave structure that has been "around" for a very long time, at least as far back as the Ancient Colonial Shawl draft published in Mary Meigs Atwater's 1957 Recipe Book. It has been called many things by many weavers and whether it is truly "double weave" is still debated. Traditionally, double weave is a single cloth in which there are two weaves. One warp interlaces with one weft and another warp interlaces with a second weft.
Basically, 8 shaft DDW is plain weave with adjacent warp and weft floats. In DDW, the thread from one weave floats over the threads from the other weave in both the warp and weft. The two weaves lie flat, side by side, and the threads can slide towards each other. When the woven cloth is off the loom, the threads slide or "deflect" from their position into the float areas. This results in very interesting interlacements and textures. Because DDW is usually threaded odd-even in block sequences, DDW can be combined with traditional double weave to create layers, pockets, and connections, all in the same piece. This technique may be used to weave dramatic shawls, scarves, and cowls with a variety of fibers and colorways. Students will be required to bring a pre-warped 8 shaft loom. Detailed warp instructions will be provided well before the workshop.

Attendee fee: $150, Materials fee: $10



Guest Speakers at State Meetings in 2021


  • March 20, 2021 - 10am

Spending Time with a Threading: 'Double Two-Tie Unit Weaves' 
Fran Curran 

This presentation is designed to illustrate the benefit of studying a single threading system and discovering the versatility and diversity it offers. This talk will focus on the possibilities offered by the 'Double two-tie unit' threading.

  • 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 Handweavers' Guild of Connecticut is a nonprofit organization organized under Section 501(c)3 of the US Internal Revenue Code.
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