Ready for another Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em (SE2SE) Fiber Challenge? Curious about WEAVING and have access to a Rigid-Heddle Loom?

Learn to weave a scarf on a rigid-heddle loom during this challenge led by hand-weaver, spinner, knitter and fiber arts educator Melissa Weaver Dunning! Melissa has more than 40 years of experience working on antique equipment to recreate 18th and 19th century home produced textiles. She began her textile study with Scottish master weaver Norman Kennedy in 1980, and carries on this rich tradition in her own teaching. Melissa is an avid tartan and linen weaver, a compulsive knitter and a lover of wool who enjoys sharing her passion for weaving and spinning with students. She is also a ballad singer, specializing in the ballads and songs of Ireland, Scotland and England from before Napoleon’s time.

Join Melissa LIVE on ZOOM and FACEBOOK for three alternating Wednesdays, at 7:00 PM EST, as we weave with rare breed fibers!

During these live classes Melissa will cover the details of designing and making a scarf on a Rigid-Heddle Loom with rare wool. Bring your questions, and your knowledge, and let’s help each other as we learn.

Dates and Topics

  • Week 1, Wednesday, October 5, 2022 – Getting Started: Spinning for Weaving, Types of Yarn, Planning a warp, and Figuring Out Yardage
  • Week 2, Wednesday, October 19, 2022 – Detailing: Direct Warping the Rigid-Heddle Loom and Weaving Tips
  • Week 3, Wednesday, November 2, 2022 – Finishing: Hems and Fringe Options, Wet Finishing, Steaming and/or Pressing, and Project Showcase

Can’t make the live classes? No worries. All videos will be recorded and archived in both the Facebook group and YouTube for later viewing.  You may also submit your questions for Melissa in advance.

Challenge Requirements

  1. Your scarf must be constructed of 100% rare wool from one or more breeds on The Livestock Conservancy’s Conservation Priority List (CPL).
  2. Only use wool from sheep recognized as purebred on the Conservation Priority List, meaning no crosses. Buying fiber from registered sheep ensures their purebred status.

Further challenge details will be provided in a confirmation email sent upon your enrollment.

Photo of scarf in progress and rigid-heddle loom courtesy of Melissa Weaver Dunning.