A note from Nancy,
I have taught 4-8 harness loom weaving since the early 1970s, beginning at that time with extended courses in beginning weaving (Valparaiso University for 13 years, Weavers Way over a 5 year period for numerous courses, and up to the present time, apprentice courses with me in my home).
Once a weaver is able to manage the operation of a loom, different yarns, and understand the relationship between the threading, tie-ups and treadling possibilities, and has a knowledge of our basic weave structures, from plain weave to twill, and block weaves, then this weaver is ready to begin to bend the “rules” and expand into what the weaver is called to weave.
The workshops I offer encourage the weaver to “think beyond the box”, to bend, and even break, the rules of the beginner weaver. Please refer to the “Workshop” Section for general topics and places I have taught.
During my time teaching workshops nationally, I spent over 10 years developing a method of weaving I call “Freeform Design Technique”. I published my book, The Technique of Freeform Design, as a result of my research and work with 15 weavers who participated in this endeavor.
To explain Freeform Design Technique briefly, all block weaves have at least two separate weave structures involved to produce the difference between the blocks. I devised a way to weave these two different weave structures in a piece following a two-dimensional freeform design. No horizontal and vertical lines involved, as with loom-controlled weaving!
Please refer to the “Freeform Design Technique” Section for details about my introductory workshop to this technique.
I was nationally recognized by Handweavers’ Guild of America as a Teacher Of The Year in 1987. (At that time, my name was Nancy M. Searles)