Introduction to Weaving on a Four Shaft Loom

June 11 - June 13, 2021

Introduction to Weaving on a Four Shaft Loom


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $430
Material Fee: $45

Explore this time-honored craft, on a 4 shaft loom that allows patterning and play. Designed for beginners, and using a pre-wound 5/2 cotton warp, this workshop will take you through threading the loom and beaming the warp and teach you to understand patterning, reading a draft, color interaction, and how to weave good cloth. Plain weave, twills, rib and basket structures, and ‘color and weave’ will be covered. All materials will be provided and participants will be able to weave off two small cotton hand-towels to take home.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Daryl Lancaster

Daryl Lancaster, a hand-weaver and fiber artist known for her award-winning hand-woven fabric and garments, has been sewing and weaving for half a century. She gives lectures and workshops to guilds, conferences, and craft centers all over the United States. The former Features Editor for Handwoven Magazine, she frequently contributes to various weaving and sewing publications. Daryl maintains a blog at and with her daughter has created the YouTube channel The Weaver Sews.

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Brianna Lancaster

Brianna Lancaster, Daryl’s daughter, has been weaving since her legs could reach the treadles on the loom. Brianna has explored all areas of the fiber arts and has created many award-winning works. She was the fibers studio assistant at Peters Valley during the 2019 summer season. Together, Daryl and Brianna have created the YouTube channel The Weaver Sews.