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Weaving with Carol Kapheim

With the expansion of the Kapheim Studio Building, I can announce the beginning of our textile school made possible through a gift from William and Elsie DeWeese.

"The purpose of the school is to introduce a variety of equipment and textile skills from beginner to intermediate. Classes will be announced on a regular schedule throughout the year. Teaching about textiles is so important, I frequently can customize classes to your personal schedule."

What's it all about?

Hand weaving has always been part of our American story throughout our history.

In the 1930’s there was a revival of interests in handlooms in our country. This enthusiasm continues to the present. In these classes you will learn to dress and use a loom. After the basic class you may go on to weave fabric for clothing, rugs, household items, and family heirlooms.

You will look at cloth in a whole new way.

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*Classes are assigned by first-come-first-serve basis. Submissions are not finalized until contacted by Carol Kapheim. 


*There is a material list for most classes. Be sure to pick it up before you attend class.


*PRIVATE LESSONS can be arranged around your work schedule or you may change a day in your selected class.

Contact Carol! (847) 373 - 2011

Beginner Weaving

This is a beginning or refresher course for anyone who has always wanted to weave on a multi-harness loom. You will be given all of the basics that lead to independent weaving. 3 5-hour sessions.

Intermidiate Weaving

Pre-requisite for this class: You must know how to warp and dress a loom. This class will take your weaving skills a step further. Explore color, pattern and technique.

Rags to Riches

In this class there will be a discussion of rag preparation and patterns. you must provide your own rags and cutting tools. Bring in old sheets, blue jeans, t-shirts, socks, table cloths, unused sewing fabric, whatever you have. Rag balls will be prepared for weaving. One 5 hour session.

Weaving with Rags

Create something useful by weaving your prepared rags of recycled materials such as old Sheets, blue jeans, towels, t-shirts, socks etc. Weave on a pre-warped loom to finish a rug, table runner or chair pad. Two 5 hour sessions.

Inkle Loom Weaving

In this class you will learn to thread the loom, choose a pattern and understand how to read it. You will select the band you would like to weave. All looms and materials will be provided.

Loom Evaluation

If you have a loom that has been in your family and you would like to repair it, we can evaluate the possibility and get it fixed.

Sectional Warping

This is a one day class, if interested you must sign on a waiting list. This is a one-time 5 hour session.

Beginning Tapestry

This is a class  that will introduce the art of weaving pictures.  You will learn how to warp the loom. Tapestry tools will be introduced, fibers will be discussed.  You will make one or two samplers depending on our progress.  There will also be instructions in finishing and removing work from a loom. 

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