Affordable Weaving: The Basics

22 June 2019

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Venue: Boulder Public Library, Arapahoe Room, 2nd Floor, 1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Organiser: (re)claimed

(re)claimed is a collective organized by students Shanel Wu, Nathalia Campreguer, and Mikhaila Friske that questions economic, political, and social structures by reclaiming materials, tools, and data. Shanel Wu (they/them) is a graduate student researching smart textiles, as well as a rogue physicist and fiber crafter. Nathalia Campreguer (she/her) learned all sorts of crafts growing up with her Grandma and loves to experiment with alternative materials. She is also a graduate student in Human-Computer Interaction. Mikhaila Friske (she/her) is a graduate student in Information Science exploring themes around the topics of queerness, craft, and smart textiles.

Weaving doesn’t have to use complex, expensive looms that take up an entire room. Drawing from our personal experiences with limited budgets, we’ll explore using cheap, everyday things to make affordable weaving tools and materials.

This workshop is for everyone - absolute beginners or seasoned weavers. We will start by making our own materials and repurposing everyday objects into useful weaving tools. Using our cool new frame looms, we will share an introduction to weaving vocabulary and the basics of weaving: setting up a loom, useful weaving tips, and finishing.

The idea is to use what we already have at home, so we ask participants to contribute bringing some of the tools for making. Whatever you bring will return home with you but be ready to share them during the workshop. We will need: scissors, precision cutter, cutting board (kitchen board is fine), pens, popsicle sticks, rulers, and yarn of any kind, color and length. Basically, if you have something that has crafty potential, bring it!