Joanne regularly teaches classes on an individual basis in her studio. Classes are also available for small groups. You can plan to come for one day or up to a week. See below for costs and current open studio dates.
After teaching as a professor of Design and Weaving at the University of Montana and Cal Poly in California, Joanne decided to open her studio in Montana to weave tapestries and teach classes. She has been teaching weaving throughout the US and Canada since 1972.
Joanne’s expertise with countermarch and counterbalance looms bring many weavers to her classes. The studio has a variety of new looms, mostly Glimakra Swedish counterbalance and countermarch looms and equipment, including two Swedish drawlooms. The studio is fully equipped with warping reels, shuttles and temples for you to use. Bockens and Borgs Swedish linen, cottolin, cotton and Swedish wool yarns are available.
Weaving looms, weaving accessories and yarns are available for purchase.
A List of Class Descriptions to Guide You
CALENDAR OF CLASSES
Using a variety of types of looms, you will learn the basics of weaving. Some looms will be prepared and ready for you to weave. Planning projects and warping the loom can be a part of the class. We will start at the level you are at, as this class is designed to fit your weaving skill level.
Introduction to Countermarch Looms
Using a countermarch floor loom, you will learn to weave on, warp and tie up a countermarch loom. You will learn why they are such nice looms. The class can be tailored to your skill level.
Weaving on a drawloom is a lot of fun. Learn to weave your name or any pattern you can put onto graph paper. Two different types of drawlooms are set up for learning to weave, both damask and pattern weaving. Plan on three days. Longer workshops can include warping the drawloom.
Beginning Tapestry Weaving
Learn tapestry weaving on a frame loom or a floor loom. Basic techniques will be woven in a sampler. If you are not a beginner, the class can be designed to fit your skill level.
Swedish Rag Rug Weaving
Rag rugs woven in Sweden have some distinctive characteristics. There are some beautiful designs woven in plain weave as well as some woven with threaded patterns. Usually there is a loom ready for you to weave a full sized rug, or you can weave samples and learn several different techniques.
There are both drall weaves commonly used for linens and fabrics, as well as the art weaves used for decorative pieces. Some looms may already be set up before you come. You can suggest some weaves that you are interested in. Many can be woven on four shafts, but you can also select a weave which requires more than four.
$90.00 per day for a six hour studio class, including lunch and use of the equipment. For more information on these classes, contact Joanne by email or toll free: 866-890-7314. Please ask about local places to stay. We recommend the Elkhorn Mountain Inn in Montana City. They are the closest and they give discounts to my weavers.
Calendar of Open Studio Schedule for fall 2015
Studio classes are primarily private classes. I work with you individually and generally there are not more than 3 students in a class. Select the weaving topic you would like to study and the dates you would like to come. Contact me for more details, toll free 866-890-7314 or use the contact form.
Together we can arrange a workshop at my Montana City Studio. here.
Studio Classes Scheduled 2015
**Beginning Warping and basic weaving, August 24-28
**Warping, basic weaving and the countermarch, Nov 2-4
** Drawloom Weaving, Nov 4- 6
** Drawloom Weaving, Dec 4- 6, other dates are available
Contact me for more details.
OUT OF TOWN WORKSHOPS 2015:
**Art Weaves of Sweden, plus Opphamta, Blue Flag Weaving, Sandpoint ID Sept 25-27
**Swedish drall Weaves, plus Opphamta, Eureka Springs Arkansas, October 7-10
**Art Weaves of Sweden, Bellingham WA, November 11, 12, 13, 14, 2015,
**Art Weaves of Sweden, Boulder CO, Feb 6-8 2016
**Swedish Weaves, including the drawloom, Homestead Fiber Crafts Elm Mott TX February, March 2016
**Warping your loom seminar, Band weaving 1 day workshop, Conference of Northern California Handweavers, CNCH April 8-10, 2016
**Rigid Heddle Weaving, Beginning and intermediate, Band weaving, Montana Assoc of Weavers and Spinners June 23-25, 2016
**Amish Rag Rug Weaves, John Campbell Folk School, November 2016
**Swedish Rag Rug Weaves, Washington State, May 2015
**Art Weaves of Sweden, Helena Weavers Guild April 18-19 2015
**Tapestry, Homestead Fiber Crafts Elm Mott TX February 23-24 2015
**Rosepath and other Swedish Weaves including the drawloom, Homestead Fiber Crafts Elm Mott TX February 25-28 2015
**Art Weaves of Sweden, Weavers Guild of Salt Lake City January 2015,
** Convergence in Rhode Island July 2014 One day workshop in band weaving, seminars on countermarch looms and warping
** Beginning Tapestry and Tapestry weaving on a Floor loom, Weave Your ‘Art Out, Richland WA June 2014
** Intermediate Rigid Heddle Weaving, Beginning Tapestry weaving, Idaho Falls ID May 16, 2014
** Warping the Loom, Idaho Falls ID May 17 2014
** Beginning Tapestry and intermediate Tapestry weaving, Idaho Falls ID May 18 2014
** Overshot Weaves, The Woolery Frankfort, KY, May 9, 10, 11 2014
** Swedish Weaves, John Campbell Folk School NC, March 24-28 2014
**Rigid Heddle Weaving, Helena Weavers and Spinners Guild, March 15 2014
** Swedish rosepath, overshot and drall weaves, Homestead Fiber Crafts Elm Mott TX March 3-8 2014
** Swedish weaves Handweavers Guild of Pueblo CO Sept 23-25 2013
** Tapestry Weaving at Green Valley Weavers in Colorado Springs, CO Sept 26 2013
** Tapestry Weaving at The Recycled Lamb in Golden CO Sept 27-28 2013
** Tapestry Weaving at the Long Branch Trading Emporium, Fredricksburg TX Oct 10-1 2013
** Tapestry Weaving at Homestead Fiber Crafts, Waco TX Oct 14-15 2013
** Swedish Art Weaves at Homestead Fiber Crafts, Waco TX Oct 16-19 2013
** Tapestry Weaving at The Woolery, Frankfort KY , Nov 8-10 2013
We live in Montana City, about 8 miles south of Helena, MT. The studio is less than 4 miles off the interstate to the east. Helena is served by a nice airport. We can pick you up at the airport if desired. Ask us to send you written directions. Get MapQuest directions here.