Class: INTRODUCTION TO BEAD LENO
Instructor: Patricia Morton
Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Bead Leno is a loom-controlled fabric with regular holes. It’s an open, lacy fabric, with twists in the warp. It weaves quickly, doesn’t use much yarn, and makes a stable fabric for scarves, shawls, and other items. Leno is traditionally done by hand pick-up. In Bead Leno, however, the holes are loom-controlled. Beads threaded on the warp are used to manipulate the warp yarns, controlling the twists. There are no beads in the finished project (unless one chooses to add them another way). The class discusses several variations on threading.
This class is primarily lecture, with the opportunity to try out the technique on a floor loom. It covers the basics of drafting and weaving bead leno, so that participants will be ready to try it at home. It teaches how to set up this fascinating technique, how to create variations, and how to sew a wine gift bag using bead leno fabric.
Sunday, November 7th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM