Back to Basics : The Art of Backstrap Weaving with Neil Goss : The Weaving Kind Makerie

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Back to Basics : The Art of Backstrap Weaving with Neil Goss : The Weaving Kind Makerie

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Taught by: Neil Goss

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Friday, October 20 : morning & afternoon *all day class
Saturday, October 21 : morning & afternoon *all day class
 

This two-session (all day) workshop will introduce you to one of the earliest forms of weaving, backstrap weaving. You will learn how to set up your own backstrap loom in the morning and the afternoon will be spent weaving a unique piece of art.

This workshop will explore setting up a backstrap loom from start to finish using a string-heddle method and a plain weave structure. You will have naturally dyed hemp (warp) and wool (weft) fibers available to weave with, and different weft applications will be introduced for experimentation. You will leave the workshop knowing how to set up a backstrap loom of your own, and will have the opportunity to purchase your loom at the end of the class. And of course you'll take home your own piece of backstrap woven art!

Skill Level

no experience necessary


Materials to Bring

Everything will be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring any yarn/fiber/material that you like to weave with or weaving accessories that you like such as combs, pick-up sticks, etc.


Materials Provided

  • loom kits and tools to borrow during the workshop
  • loom warp and string heddle yarn
  • naturally hand-dyed wool and hemp yarn
  • roving
  • hemp fiber
  • and more! 


About Neil

Neil Goss lives in Eudora, KS where he focuses his art on Earth processes while responding to human impacts upon those processes. In 2012, he received two BFA's in Design (Textiles and Ceramics) from the University of Kansas SOTA. He has been dedicated to researching sustainable arts processes such as natural dyeing, weaving, utilizing hand-dug clay, and foraging art materials. Goss has taught workshops, installed public art and done artist talks from coast to coast in the United States. He currently is a practicing professional artist, artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation and teaches at the Lawrence Arts Center.

*photo credits: bio picture by Sarah Neubert & image one was woven by Megan Karlen
 

Contact

www.neilgoss.com
instagram.com/backstrapweaver
naturaldyesks@gmail.com
etsy/live & dye naturally