Learn to weave or expand your weaving horizons at the Saunderstown Weaving School.
Instruction is individualized for beginner and advanced students, with each student weaving projects of choice. Instruction includes designing the projects, warping the loom and weaving. The school houses an assortment of 40 looms - jack, counter balance, counter-marche, tapestry and dobby of four to sixteen shafts, and a very large weaving library. although much of the work is four shaft, some weavers explore more complex weaving. There is a strong emphasis on traditional weaves, the work of Weaver Rose and Scandinavian techniques, as well as design and weaving theory.
The school provides an environment that fosters inspiration, learning and networking with other weavers. Three fifteen week classes are offered each semester:
Monday evenings from 7-10pm
Tuesday mornings from 9-noon
Thursday mornings from 9-noon
In addition to semester classes, which begin in September and January, more flexible summer classes are offered, or students may choose to concentrate on a subject of their choice for a one or two week course, meeting five days a week, 9:00am to 4:00p.m.
Bed and breakfast inns are located nearby. Beautiful beaches and historic Newport are a short drive away.
Norma learned to weave in Norway in 1967 and returned there to lead handweaving tours for five years, and as an exchange teacher in 1981. She received the MFA in Visual Design from the University of Massachusetts in 1978. She offers lectures and workshops in Scandinavian weaves, Weaver Rose and his patterns from the 19th century, other traditional weaves and weaving theory. In 1974, Norma Established the Saunderstown Weaving School. From 1988-1992, Norma served as President of the Handweavers Guild of America. In 1992 she received the Boston Weavers Guild's Distinguished Achievement Award.
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