Weekend before last, I learned how to make these on a backstrap loom,
in a workshop taught by the guru of backstrap weaving, Laverne Waddington,
with this view of Lake Yale in Leesburg, FL.
How lucky am I?! My first backstrap weaving workshop was taught by the delightful Laverne Waddington! What a true treat and pleasure. She stopped by the Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Annual Conference to teach a 2 ½ day Andean Pebble Weave class.
Meeting Laverne, after knowing her only from the online inkle group on Ravelry, was great! She is so incredibly nice and a skilled and VERY patient teacher! We started with provided, pre-warped backstrap looms, so after a quick demo and introduction we were able to begin weaving! Have you ever taken a workshop from someone who has a lot of knowledge for the subject, but did not convey the “how to” well? None of that here. Laverne is a natural born teacher! The passion she has for backstrap weaving shows and she is a teacher at heart. Each lesson seamlessly built on the previous lesson. We learned how to wind a warp, make heddles, read and design patterns, and “read the fabric”. The class was well paced, keeping the interest of faster weavers, yet artfully paced as to not lose the slower weavers (uh, yup meaning me!).
Having never done any backstrap weaving before, but being an inkle band weaver, I admit that I anticipated I would take to it easily. WRONG! At least I can say, I liked my selvedges and I was familiar with the rhythm of pick-up. Beyond that, am I ever glad that Laverne is such a wonderfully patient teacher, because I think I gave her patience a test!
Backstrap weaving for me was like driving in England. Driving a car is something I do every day, but put the car and the steering wheel on the opposite side and I’m a mess! Let’s just say, I touched the curb more than a few times while in the UK – no damages or injuries. Similarly, I spent as much time unweaving as I did weaving during the class. Fortunately, unlike driving in England, backstrap weaving is something I enjoyed enough to try again!
It was such a creatively fulfilling weekend. Laverne’s workshop taught me so much. If you ever have a chance to take a workshop from this lovely lady, do it!
I’m working on an inkle band backstrap so I can finish the bands from class. Spending that much time around so many fiber loving people was so enriching. I’m inspired to do nothing but weave. I’ll be sharing the results soon.
Oh, what a beautiful setting for all the creativity of the weekend!
Warp, weave, be happy!