Unlocking the Mystery of Block Weaves and Profile Drafting
with Jill Staubitz
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. We’ll start with a basic understanding of what constitutes a block weave, and why some structures are block weaves AND unit weaves. We’ll ‘plug in’ various block weave structures to the same profile. Through our workshop discussions, you will learn to translate a profile draft into a thread-by-thread draft, designing your own drafts and tie ups in no time!
I will provide a draft for threading a Bronson Lace gamp, using a color and weave palette, 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. 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).
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.
I fell in love with weaving about twelve years ago when I retired from my career in graphic design. The two disciplines overlap perfectly through my love for color, pattern, and the design process. I became an artisan at the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center and began teaching as well as weaving my own creations. My classes focus on aiding weavers in understanding weave structures. The Pandemic led me to launch my website, modernweaver.com as well as my Modern Weaver FaceBook page with the intent of building a community of weavers desiring to connect with others through learning in a virtual setting. I love teaching structures in a simple, understandable way. It is my greatest delight when participants come away from my presentations with a clear understanding and feel confident enough in creating their own cloth.
My work has appeared in Long Thread Media’s Handwoven Magazine, November/December Issues 2022, 2023, 2024 and Little Looms Magazine, Spring Issues 2018, 2020. I have taught virtual and in-person workshops to weaving guilds and groups around the U.S. and have been a presenter at MAFA’s Virtual Workshops, 2022, 2023 and HGA’s Spinning and Weaving Week, 2022, 2023. I design weaving patterns for WEBS throughout the year.