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Weaving Basics - Warping a Loom 1F23

This workshop is designed to give students a thorough and intensive grounding in "direct warping" and hand-weaving on a rigid heddle loom.

Learn to warp and dress a rigid heddle loom through direct warping, type and composition of warp yarns. Calculate yarn requirements for projects, sett analyses, and fabric finishing techniques.

You'll make a warp of your own design, weave if off and remove it from the loom by the end of the class.

No experience is necessary.

This is a 2-day workshop. Hours- 10 AM - 4 PM, both days.

Limit 6 students.


I was interested in learning how to warp a loom.  Dahlia did an excellent job at explaining everything step-by-step and was very patient. She was fantastic and created such a warm and inviting atmosphere.


I took this workshop because I wanted to pick up weaving but didn’t know where to start.  Setting up the loom was great--it definitely would've been very confusing to learn on my own.  Dahlia was wonderful; she walked around and helped everyone throughout.  The best part is, having taken this workshop I feel like I could set up a loom at home.

I needed this class to be able to embark on weaving projects on my own and it met this goal perfectly.  I wanted to go beyond basic weaving and learn how to create a warp and make a project completely from start to finish. I bought a loom of my own after taking two other classes with Dahlia, and after this workshop I feel like I can actually use it.   I loved that this workshop was split between two days so that we had time to get familiar with how to create a warp while playing around with weaving techniques, and then implement all of those skills into our own projects the next day.  Genuinely no complaints--Great ratio of students, a good amount of time per class, and all of the necessary equipment was provided.  I’ve loved all of Dahlia’s workshops so far and this one was no different.  Dahlia is a fabulous teacher and does a great job breaking down each step while making sure we all understood how to apply the technique. I feel like I can finally complete weaving projects on my own and this class was absolutely perfect for giving me the confidence to do so.  


I took Dahlia’s scarf weaving class in the fall and loved it, which led me to sign up for this class, and I’d absolutely come back for another weaving workshop with her!  I registered for this workshop because I wanted to try weaving again and brought my mom to learn how to weave and try a new crafting experience!  Dahlia is a stellar instructor and a fabulous communicator.  She’s incredibly helpful in answering every question, creating a comfortable class environment, and ensuring that everyone feels good about what they’re creating while learning lots along the way!  I loved Dahlia’s attention to detail and ability to make every step understandable and fun!  I really enjoyed the small classroom environment and couldn’t have asked for a better instructor or classroom learning experience! 

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Dahlia Popovits


Dahlia Popovits has been designing and weaving extraordinary clothes and accessories utilizing her award winning handwoven textiles made with the finest luxury yarns from around the world, for nearly 50 years.  Her work can be seen in her Boston gallery, dahliahandmade.com, which features her handwoven clothing, as well as the work of other artisans.

She has taught at a variety of art centers the past 40 years, and is happy to be able to share her knowledge through her upcoming workshops. 

Materials to bring to class:

All materials, including fibers and loom to weave-on during the workshop, provided by instructor for $22 materials fee.