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Workshop: Shadow Weave Gamps on 4 or 8-shafts with Susan Conover


This will be a two day workshop on shadow weave. Those who attended her workshops last year know that she is a wonderful teacher and leads fun and informative workshops. The cost for this workshop will be $130, including a $10 deposit to hold your spot. Open to non-guild members (cost is $25 additional, which includes membership in the guild through May 2020). Please contact Mary Ellen S by email if you have any questions. Location: Albany, NY area (Niskayuna Fire District #2 firehouse).

Gamps are such a wonderful way to study the interaction of color and weave effect. In this two-day workshop, which participants bring their own portable 4 or 8-shaft table or floor loom completely dressed and ready to throw the shuttle.

Susan will cover the following topics:
- What is a gamp?
- Drawdowns are fun!
- Color and weave effects
- Weaving to square
- Weaving ergonomics
- Winding a bobbin properly
- Shuttle considerations
- Wet finishing

The 4-shaft gamp requires 14-1/4” weaving width; 15-dent reed and three shuttles. The warp and weft are 10/2 pearl cotton (preferably UKI) in three colors of the weaver’s choice. The number of warp ends is 430 plus 2 for a floating selvedge at a suggested length of 3 yards. After washing, this will produce a runner approximately 12-3/4” x 60” plus more for an additional table scarf or samples.

The 8-shaft gamp requires 24” weaving width; 12-dent reed and two shuttles and five bobbins. The warp and weft are 8/2 Egyptian cotton in five colors of the weaver’s choice. The number of warp ends is 489 at a suggested length of 3 yards. After washing, this will produce a hemmed runner approximately 17-3/4” x 60” plus more for an additional table scarf or samples.