Ozark Folk Center State ParkMountain View, AR, United States

Get Warped! Beginning 4-Harness Weaving

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Wed, Nov 15 2023 10:00 AM CST Sat, Nov 18 2023 4:00 PM CST

Cost of class $211, includes registration fee, class fee and materials

Taught by Jeanette Larson

In this beginning weaving class you will learn how to count the number of threads you need for a project; wind off that number at the length you need to make your project come out right; thread your heddles and reed; and weave a variety of patterns on the warp.

We will be working on small projects like a narrow scarf, mug rugs or a placemat so that the work can be completed in four days.

Supplies and materials are provided for this class, however, if you have special yarns you want to use, feel free to bring them, but contact the instructor at [email protected] to make sure you have enough yarn and it will work for weaving.

We will be following the book, Deb Chandler's "Learning to Weave." There will be a copy in class to study, but if you want to bring your own, please do.

If you have your own traveling 4-harness loom, you can bring it with you. Otherwise, the park has looms available for you to use in class.

The cost of the class is $200, and that includes yarns, all the handouts, use of a loom if you need one and use of the tools in the Fiber Arts Shop during the class, and follow-up tech support from Jeanette.


Meet your instructor


Jeanette Larson's path to Mountain View, Arkansas and her job as the craft director at the Ozark Folk Center has been as winding, steep and bumpy as the local roads, but her path has a fiber artist has run straight through her life.

Jeanette learned to crochet from her grandmother when she was eight-years-old and has rarely put down her crochet hooks since then. She crocheted while on the bench during high school basket ball games and in lecture halls in college.

"Crocheting helps me relax and keep still while letting my mind work on things," she said.

Her mom is a talented seamstress who made many clothes for Jeanette and her two brothers.

"I learned all the basics of fabric manipulation, fiber behavior and pattern piecing from watching my mother," said Jeanette.

When Jeanette was 12-years-old she visited her Aunt Jeannie in Boston. Jeannie was learning to weave and Jeanette learned right along with her. Twenty-five years later, Jeannie was going through some life changes and was looking for a home for her looms. She sent her Schacht rigid heddle and 1929 Newcomb rug loom to live with Jeanette.

She began raising sheep and goats in 1979 when she was attending Colorado State University. To this day she is a shepherd. Doing morning and evening chores and caring for her flocks are the bookends of her day.

As the craft director of the Ozark Folk Center, Jeanette fits her spinning, weaving, crochet and design time into the edges of her day. Fiber art is still the common thread that ties the rest of her busy life together.


Ozark Folk Center craft classes are for students 16-years-old and up.