(SOLD OUT) The Farms: Beginning Weaving I (morning)

Skill Level: Beginner

This 5-week class led by Sharon Bowles will encompass all aspects of beginner weaving as students create a table runner. Held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays between Jan. 27 and Feb. 24 in the Greenhouse Auditorium, Beginning Weaving I participants will become familiar with weaving terminology, parts of the loom, figuring the weaving pattern for the width of the loom and project, measuring out the warp, beaming the warp Back to Front, threading heddles, threading the reed, tying on the warp, and winding bobbins.

$235/person. Register here by Jan. 24. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email owarren@illinois.edu.

About the instructor

Sharon Bowles has been weaving for 33 years and has taught beginning weaving for almost 32 years. She was taught to weave in a one-on-one class and wove two table runners in 12 (approximately) 2-hour lessons, and she teaches the same method when she teaches Sharon has experience in weaving with silk, lace weaving, 8-shaft pattern weaving, parallel weaving, block weaves, and Shaker reproduction towels.

She has taught many workshops and classes to weavers’ guilds in Florida, Ohio, and Champaign-Urbana. She earned her Journeyman certification from the Weavers Guild of Boston in 2021 and a master’s certification in April of 2022. Most recently, Sharon taught Beginning Weaving I at The Farms, and a 2-day workshop in four shaft patterns for the Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers Guild.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, health & wellness, history, nature & outdoor education, or scienceAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete winter class schedule here.


Jan 27 2024


10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jan 27 2024
  • Time: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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