Rigid Heddle Weaving - Constance Hall

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, July 11, 2016 - Friday, July 15, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, July 11, 2016 - Friday, July 15, 2016
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Rigid heddle weaving is a fun and easy way to make woven fabric or quick finished projects, especially if you have thought about weaving, but worried about the space needed or the time involved. This workshop is a great way not only to experience weaving, but also to learn beginning and intermediate weaving techniques. Step-by-step, you will find out how to plan a project and pick the yarn for it. Then, we will warp the looms and start weaving. The projects will cover many techniques that include plain weave, pattern weaving using pick-up sticks, color and weave, and much more. Learning to crochet at a very young age led Constance Hall to a lifetime of being creative; therefore teaching, learning, and creating are a way of life. After running a glass-blowing studio and working as a self-employed glass maker for 30 years, Constance has returned to her first love—fibers. Following years of study and exhibiting at fiber shows, she now teaches spinning, weaving, and felting—all fiber, all the time! Her passion for teaching and sharing her love for fiber is at the heart of all of her classes. Constance is registered with the National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) Teachers Group and is listed in their teachers’ directory.

About This Organizer

Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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