Two Day Workshop: Andean Pebble Weave on the Backstrap Loom with Laverne Waddington

  • Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at 9am - 4:30pm
  • Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 9am - 4:30pm

Location: A member's home in Westlake Hills

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This workshop is now full, but please register for the Wait List if you want to be notified of any cancellations.  Thanks!

 Backstrap Basics Workshop with Laverne or other experience with a Backstrap loom, and attendance at the WSSA refresher meeting on February 28th.

Tuition:  Based upon number of participants.  If there is a full class of 8, tuition will be $125 for WSSA members, $150 for non-members.  If there are as few as 5 participants the fees will be $203 for WSSA members and $228 for non-members. There is also a $10 material fee due at the workshop for each participant.  

Deposit:  We are requiring 50% down payment ($62.50) by Thursday, February 14, 2013.  Online payment is preferred, but if you'd like to mail a check please send it to WSSA, P.O. Box 164201, Westlake Station, Austin Texas 78716-4201. Let us know if you do this so we can hold your spot.

Material Fee:  $10 payable in class. 

Class Description:

Andean pebble weave, perhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in Peru and Bolivia, is not only beautiful to behold but also a pleasure to weave. Indigenous weavers use geometric, animal, plant and human figures posed on the dotted or “pebbled” background characteristic of this weave to decorate carrying cloths, ponchos, coca leaf bags, belts and sashes. Being partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up weaving techniques to execute.

Students will first learn, on a pre-warped backstrap loom, how to manipulate the warps by hand to create plain pebble weave with color changes as well as the basic shapes that form simple pebble weave motifs. They will use the complementary warp pick-up technique to weave a variety of Andean and Bolivian lowland motifs. In addition, they will be introduced to creating and charting their own pebble weave designs along with the skills needed to read and chart motifs directly from indigenous textiles.

The students will later be shown how to operate two sets of string heddles on the backstrap loom so that the structure can be partly loom-controlled. They will learn how to add more complexity to the pebble weave shapes and warp and set-up the loom.

Finally, students will be invited to create their own motif or use a traditional one to plan a small project.

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