exploring overshot workshop with rachel snack
I’m back at Harrisville Designs in July to teach Exploring Overshot, a 4-day workshop studying the structure most commonly seen in American coverlets. This is one of my favorite weave structures, and one that I often re-visit in my own art practice.
Workshop description: With overshot the design possibilities are endless, and in this workshop students will explore the many structure variations the pattern contains. Drafting, material exploration and supplemental weft will be covered, as students design overshot patterns for a 4-harness floor loom. Students will start by weaving a sampler based on a pre-existing draft, comparing patterns with other students to study a wide range of overshot techniques. They will then move on to their final projects, choosing or creating a pattern based on their survey. Final projects can range from a table runner and placemats, to a scarf or shawl, or fabric to make pillows and other home goods. Cotton and wool will be provided for the warp and weft, however students are encouraged to bring their own materials for experimentation. Although traditional overshot foundations will be covered at length, students are encouraged to push the boundaries of the structure and think outside the box.
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