Classes, Programs and Demonstrations

2023 WORKSHOPS IN TUCSON, AZ

February 23rd and 24th.
Color & Design, Basic Inkle Weaving and Baltic-Style Pickup
Thanks to Joan Ruane for coordinating this!
Check her website for details here:https://www.cottonspinning.com/



Please get in touch if you would like to schedule a class for yourself, a group, or guild.         Email me at: iWeaveStraps@Gmail.com.  

I am available for private sessions in my home in Edgewood, New Mexico. Please email for availability: iweavestraps@gmail.com.

The following are descriptions of my current class offerings:

Color & Design (2 hours) Set up & Weave (4 hours)

Audience: This class is designed for beginning weavers with no experience on inkle looms. Students can bring a loom, purchase one, or borrow one during class. Borrowed looms will not be available to take home.

Description: We will look at hundreds of examples and discuss what makes a good design, discuss color theory, look at yarn choices, experiment with color selection tools, make an off-loom preview, chart patterns on paper or with an online tool. Students will then use the patterns that they create to set up the looms. We will discuss tips and tricks for ease of warping, how to produce even bands with straight selvedges, how to finish a band and a bit of problem-solving. 

Pickup on the Horizontal Bar Background (6 hours)

Audience: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing plain weave on the inkle loom. Students can bring a loom, purchase one, or borrow one during class. Borrowed looms will not be available to take home.

Description: The horizontal bar background pickup technique is commonly used in cultures of the Central and South American countries as well as Native Americans of the Navajo and Pueblo tribes. We will look at examples to learn the many variations which are possible using the horizontal bar pickup technique, explore simple pickup patterns as well as pick and drop patterns using one or both colors. Learn to read and create charts for the designs. Students will set up their looms and weave a sampler of patterns. As time allows and depending on student aptitude and interest we will also learn how to weave letters using the same warp.

 Baltic Pickup on the Inkle Loom (6 hours)

Audience: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing plain weave on the inkle loom. Students can bring a loom, purchase one, or borrow one during class. Borrowed looms will not be available to take home.

Description:  Baltic-style pickup is a simple technique to learn, but has vast possibilities for creating exciting patterns on a woven band.  We will look at examples to learn the many variations which are possible using the Baltic-style pickup technique, explore simple pickup patterns as well as pick and drop patterns, learn to read and create charts for the designs. Students will set up their looms and weave a sampler of patterns.  


3-Color Pickup on the Inkle Loom (6 hours)

Audience: For experienced inkle weavers only. Students must know how to warp their loom on their own and be familiar and comfortable doing Baltic-style pickup on the inkle loom. Students can bring a loom, or borrow one.  Borrowed looms will not be available to take home.

Description:  3-Color Pickup is a more complex version of Baltic pickup.  We will look at examples, discuss variations, learn to read and create charts for the designs. Students will set up their looms and weave a sampler of patterns.  




Student work from 3-Color Pickup workshop in Seattle, WA, March 2022


To date I have taught classes for:
The Carmel Crafts Guild, Carmel, CA
The Golden Fleece, Santa Cruz, CA
Yarns by the Sea, Aptos, CA
Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center, Espanola, NM
Las Tejedoras Fiber Arts Guild, Santa Fe, NM
Intermountain Weavers Conference, Durango, CO
Handweavers of the Central Valley, Exeter, CA
Fiber Circle Studio, Petaluma, CA
San Diego Creative Weavers' Guild, San Diego, CA 

Testimonials: 

"I was program chair for our weaving guild a few years ago, and we scheduled a presentation and workshop with Annie. It was one of the most popular programs of the year, and even people with very little weaving experience made lovely inkle bands during the workshop. Annie makes her workshops learning, community building, and fun experiences. Seeing her amazing collection of bands is so inspiring, and so is watching her hands at work. She takes obvious pleasure in sharing her skills and passion for inkle weaving, and does it very well. Feel free to email me if you want to hear more about our experience with Annie's teaching, twopettits@yahoo.com
Ann Pettit, Program Chair, Carmel Crafts Guild


"Annie MacHale is an excellent teacher.  Her love of inkle weaving, gentle teaching style and supportive approach lets her students shine.  I highly recommend Annie as an instructor.  You will count your day with her as a highlight of your year."  
Mary Brown, President, Carmel Crafts Guild

"Annie is a gifted weaver and a most generous teacher.  I will be forever grateful to her for introducing me to the inkle loom.  If you are at all curious - and have the opportunity - take her class.  You will not be disappointed, and you might find yourself inspired to continue on and on!  Weaving can be addictive, but it's really good for the brain!"  Kathy Sinnott


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I am also available to give presentations to schools, guilds or other groups. I can bring scores of examples of things I've woven on inkles, show a variety of loom types and inspire you to get busy using your inkle loom.
Currently, I have two hour-long slide shows which can be presented in person or via Zoom or both. 



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Examples of my presentations can be seen in the following videos:

Pickup Tutorial


A 30-minute TV interview discussing my love for inkle weaving.


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