How do I Choose the Best Weaving Classes?

Tara Barnett

Weaving is an ancient craft practiced by essentially every culture that ever wore cloth. As such, there are many different styles of weaving, and many different techniques and tools that a person can learn to use. While weaving was once a common skill, it has recently become rare with the prevalence of weaving machines. Having become a specialty craft, there are many studios and craft stores that offer myriad types of weaving classes for those who seek to learn this ancient art.

It may be more difficult to find teachers who are familiar with larger traditional looms.
It may be more difficult to find teachers who are familiar with larger traditional looms.

Choosing the best weaving classes requires a basic knowledge of what you wants from the class. For example, some weaving classes may be aimed at teaching certain aspects of design theory, such as working with color. Others may address the actual physical technique of working on certain looms. Some classes may be aimed at beginners, while others are designed for advanced students. What's more, there are many different kinds of looms and other weaving tools, many of which make only certain kinds of projects. So, choosing the best weaving classes requires figuring out exactly what kind of weaving instruction is desired.

Warp and weft is one weaving technique.
Warp and weft is one weaving technique.

There are many ways to figure out what kind of project you would like to work on. Going to the library and checking out books on weaving is you good way to become familiar both with weaving styles and terminology, which may be important at the weaving studio. Another way is to go to the closest weaving store and ask for advice. Once you gave a rough familiarity with weaving and what kinds of projects would be desirable, then it's time to search around for weaving classes.

In some locations, there may not be many options available for weaving classes. Even though weaving is a relatively common craft, it is not as easy to teach as knitting or crochet because of the size of the equipment. Some weaving looms are quite massive and difficult to move. It may take research to find people who teach weaving. A good place to start is asking around at a craft store, particularly a knitting store, as many weavers tend to enjoy knitting as well.

Once a class has been located, choosing the best one is really a matter of personal preference. One issue to consider is whether the materials are provided in the cost of the class, as well as whether you expect to bring a personal loom. Most classes will list the supplies that need to be brought by participants, as well as what will be provided. Talking to the instructor beforehand can help a potential student decide whether the class is right for his or her needs, and if it is not, the instructor can almost always assist in selecting a better class.

Looms can be used to make rugs, tapestries, curtains and blankets.
Looms can be used to make rugs, tapestries, curtains and blankets.

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I signed up for a class similar to this, but you used strips of fabric to make rugs. You didn't need any special equipment like a loom, just your fabric and one small, special tool. The first time I went to sign up, the class was sold out, so I needed to wait until it was offered again.

If you are interested in learning how to weave, there are weaving workshops that are offered for this purpose. It just depends on where you live whether or not there would be a class near you.

If you live in a culturally diverse area, you should have no trouble finding classes similar to this that you can take.


One place to check to see if they have weaving classes is the parks and recreation department of your city. Many times they offer classes similar to this for people to sign up for.

You will know ahead of time if you need to bring any supplies to class. Many times you will pay an extra fee to cover supplies that are furnished for you. This is a great way to learn a new craft and also meet some new people. Most classes meet for several weeks and are very affordable.

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