Jason Collingwood Intro to Rug Weaving Workshop

May 18–20, 2018
Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio, 519 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186

Cost $400

An ideal course for those wishing to try out rug weaving for the first time, though with enough ‘tricks’ to also suit the more experienced weaver. Students will learn how to make a strong serviceable rug (plain weave being an excellent structure for rugs). Initially weaving stripes and spots using two colours, learning how to overcome the selvage problems inherent in each different design. Clasped wefts, crossed wefts and compensated inlay will be covered, all these new techniques giving the weaver more freedom with design.

Class will include instruction on how to set up ones loom correctly for rug weaving. Twining at the beginning and end of the rug, darning in of the loose ends, use of the temple and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving. Class concludes with a look at rug finishes, a few of the many finishes will be demonstrated.

Students will need to come pre warped (instructions will be sent out prior to class). Any four harness loom is fine, including table looms. There are a limited number of looms available for rental during workshop.

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My Weaving Life with Jason Collingwood

Reception and Presentation
Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:30–8:30pm (registration required, seating is limited)
at Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio

Cost: $20

With over 30 years experience as a professional rug weaver Jason has produced 1000’s of rugs for corporate and individual clients the world over. Over this time Jason has collaborated with architects, interior designers and fashion houses.

Jason set up his Collingwood Designs workshop in Essex, UK and this presentation will look at the challenges there are in setting up a rug weaving business.

From the early struggles to the large commissions, the talk will be illustrated by slides and attendees will leave knowing a little more about what goes on behind the scenes of a rugweaver.

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Additional upcoming workshops offered by Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio:

Blending Fiber for Spinning and Felting Workshop – May 6, 2018
Paint Your Yarn or Paint Your Wool Dye workshop – April  29, June 24 or July 29
Tapestry Woven Faces with Ruth Manning – September 28-30, 2018


Tagari workshop

The Tagari, a Greek saddlebag is a colorful woven bag used by Greek shepherds to carry everything from a loaf of bread to kindling for the evening fire. This traditional bag lasts for years of daily use. The secret of its strength and durability lies in the method used to weave the woolen yarns. This is a do-it-yourself project, first offered in 2010, when 14 guild members participated and produced the beautiful Tagaris as you will see in the photos below.
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Please click on the photos to see a larger view.

Fee: $15.00. The folder will explain of the construction, the history, and the use of the Tagari. In each folder you will have a choice of four designs along with eight layouts of how to arrange the colors on your bag. Included in the folder are illustrations of how soumak can be added as an embellishment. Each participant will need to purchase 2 pounds of yarn, either from the Yarn Barn or Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mount Horeb. The reason for purchasing yarn from these two companies is because they each carry the 2-ply bulky yarn @ 600 yards per pound needed. The bag will be woven as a weft-face weave, using Maysville cotton as warp, sett at 8 epi. The shoulder strap can easily be woven on an inkle loom.

Please contact Michael Jackson at for more information.

The Madison Weavers Guild organizes workshops on occasion. We will post information regarding future workshops as it becomes available.