The Farms: Beginning Weaving I (morning)

Experience Level: Beginner

Learn the basics of working with a loom at Beginning Weaving I on Saturdays, Oct. 5 through Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Greenhouse Auditorium.

This 5-week class led by Sharon Bowles will encompass all aspects of beginner weaving as students create a table runner. 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.

$250/person*. Register here by Nov. 28. All sales are final.

*Students should bring a 4-shaft loom if they have one. All other supplies will be provided, including a loom if needed.

Learn more about the space where your course will take place here. If you will need disability-related accommodations to participate, please email Olivia Bunting at

About the instructor

Sharon Bowles has been weaving for 34 years and has taught beginning weaving for almost 33 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 science. All experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete Fall Session schedule here.


Oct 05 2024


10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 05 2024
  • Time: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

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