Jill Staubitz

Understanding Block Weaves and Profile Drafting using Bronson Lace


I often hear “I understand how to weave it, but how did you arrive at those tie ups?" In this three-day workshop, we will spend time unlocking the mystery! Understanding block weaves and profile drafting makes all the difference for designing your own cloth. Using Bronson Lace as our foundation structure, we’ll discuss what constitutes a block weave, and why some structures are block weaves AND unit weaves. We’ll develop various profiles to weave as Bronson Lace, and discuss other block weave structures that can be woven using the same profile. Through our workshop discussions, you will learn to translate a profile draft into a thread-by-thread draft, designing your own designs and tie ups in no time! By the end of class, you will have woven a beautiful gamp take home. I will provide a draft for threading a Bronson Lace gamp for you to prep and thread your loom prior to class. Once you understand how to design your own patterns, the weaving and designing will be up to you. Your designs will astound you!


Skill Level:
Intermediate to Advanced Weavers. Must be comfortable in reading and understanding a weaving draft, as well as having prior weaving experience under your belt. Must be able to dress your loom and have it prepped and ready to go for this workshop. Jack looms and table looms only! (This workshop doesn’t accommodate countermarch looms). 8-shaft looms required.


Please let me know ahead of time if you are bringing a table loom or floor loom so that we can set up the room space for your needs.


Workshop Materials Fee: $25
I provide an extensive booklet for using in class, as well as keeping for an ongoing reference for your weaving library.


Supply List:
At least three shuttles and multiple bobbins
Bobbin Winder (to share with others)
Various 8/2 Cotton colors of your choice. I am hoping everyone will share yarns.
Graph paper, pencils, pens, scissors.
Laptop and weaving software optional but are a great asset to designing!
Please be sure to label all your supplies so that you take home what you came with, (minus some of the yarn that you will have used.)
Pins, weights, or whatever you use to hang broken threads.


Enrollment Maximum: 14 Students

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