Let’s weave together: I’m teaching a new class in Grand Rapids!

by jennifer

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. I may have eaten a few too many Starburst jelly beans (love those!), but I didn’t completely lose control. Today I’m coming to terms with the fact that spring break is over and looking ahead to spring projects on the horizon.

I want to let you know about a fun weaving class that I’m teaching at A Grand Skein here in Grand Rapids, Mich. The class slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19 is a 4-hour fun intensive session that will teach students everything they need to know to weave on wooden peg looms with yarn, fabric yardage, recycled linens and t-shirt loopers they will learn to make themselves.

We will be working on the wooden peg looms I make, you know the ones reminiscent of the old potholder loom from your childhood? Yes, those!

And this class will cover basic techniques required to weave hot pads, coasters, placemats, table runners, rugs, bags and basically anything you can think of that can be fashioned out of a square or rectangle. Students in this class can expect to learn the skills necessary to weave on their own while making a double layer hot pad and coaster set before moving on to a larger in-class project of their choice.

One of the things I love about peg loom weaving is that there is no waste which means you can get maximum milage out of your weaving materials. (Unfortunately, this is not the case when I warp my floor loom.)

Every student will leave my peg loom weaving class with a 17-peg potholder loom (included in the class fee) and I will have looms in smaller and larger sizes on hand for students to use in class. The 17-peg loom is my favorite for making hot pads, but it’s also great for making rugs, too. I made the one below by connecting squares made of vintage sheets.

Class Prerequisites: None (This is a great class for beginning weavers and experienced weavers looking to get into portable loom weaving.)

Skills taught:

  • How to select yarn as well as prep cotton yardage and t-shirt loopers for weaving
  • Basic plain weave
  • How to weave multiple layers at once using a continuous strand of yarn and/or fabric
  • Join squares to create large rugs and blankets


  • 3 skeins and colors of worsted weight cotton yarn (Cascade Yarns “Sierra” or Sugar’n Cream cotton)
  • 3 t-shirts in colors you want to weave with (Bring more if you have them on hand.)
  • An old sheet or two from your linen closet
  • A pair of sewing scissors
  • A notebook
  • A size “J” crochet hook
  • Bring a lunch or funds to pick something up at nearby JB’s pizza or Real Food Cafe.

Date(s) and Time(s): Saturday, May 19; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cost: $100 includes a 17-peg CraftSanity Loom

To sign up, call (616) 551-1322

If you live too far away to take this class, I might be able to come to you and teach your guild or craft group how to weave. Contact me for rates and availability.

Have a great day!

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Dorothy September 9, 2017 - 8:30 am

I bought a little 4 inch loom made with little nails having trouble starting and not getting confused looks like your looms. What books do u have available for sale. I live in Albion, Michigan. I don’t travel that far any help. My name is Dorothy. My email is Dorothybehl55@yahoo.com

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