CRICKET LOOM WEAVING 101 • Intro to Rigid Heddel Loom Weaving, November 18 (12-5 pm) Sunday

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This is a beginning class using the wonderfully convenient Cricket Loom to weave fabrics without committing to a room-size loom. On this well-built, compact, and portable 15" maple wood rigid heddle loom you will weave a lovely scarf or pillow for our first project. You will learn the basics of warping, color mixing, weaving, plus get ideas for other projects such as table linens, bags, and clothing. This is the perfect way to explore making cloth. Once you’re set up, weaving faster than knitting and a great way to use up yarns from your stash! With a Cricket Loom you can make stripes, plaids, and lots geometric patterns, as well as have a lot of fun exploring color mixing. If you want some inspiration, check out Anni Albers incredible work!

A two week rental of a pre-assembled Cricket Loom is included in the class fee ($25 value). If you would like purchase your Cricket Loom ($195) after trying it out, you are welcome to keep the loom from class. 

Later this winter, we will be offering more advanced classes to those who have taken this introductory class.

• warp your loom, including sectional warping to do color work
• brocades
• color mixing with warps and wefts
• weaving 

MATERIALS REQUIRED • 10% off at Cattywampus for class participants
• 2-3 skeins worsted weight yarn 

TIME • 5 hours


TEACHER • Carol Shaw-Sutton is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in fiber and textile processes. Shaw-Sutton has been exhibiting her work in museums in the United States and internationally since the 1970's including museum exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Japan and Canada, as well as New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Her work is included in major museum, corporate and private collections worldwide such as The Oakland Museum of Art, The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, The University of Lausanne, Switzerland, The Charles A. Wutsum Museum of Art, New York, The Mint Museum, North Carolina and Jean Lucrat Center for Tapestry, Switzerland. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowships, The Young American Award from the American Crafts Council, The United States / Japan Fellowship and The United States / France Fellowship at the La Napoule Foundation. She was also been awarded The Fine Art Award from the International Textile Biennale in Kyoto, Japan. Locally she has been awarded the Public Corporation for the Arts Fellowship from the City of Long Beach, CA and The Outstanding Professor Award from the California State University, Long Beach. Carol Shaw-Sutton has been a Professor of Art at California State University for 23 years and has been the Chairperson of the Fiber Program for 15 of those years. She currently works and lives in Ojai, California.