Saturday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Vanessa Lauria

Skill Level: Beginner

Cost: $45, $see below for materials

Create your own handwoven circular wall hanging in an inspired and relaxing atmosphere. You’ll learn the basics of warping and weaving on a circular hoop (which becomes the finished frame for easy hanging) receive 2.5 hours of hands-on-instruction, plenty of ideas and encouragement. Simple instructional worksheet and basic supplies included for further exploration and weaving. BYOY (bring your own chunky yarn) encouraged and alternative/upcycled fibers if you’d like. Techniques covered: warping any sized hoop and finishing rya knots, plain weave, soumak weave (fishtail braid) and a handful of techniques, tips and tricks to explore pattern, shape and texture. Though you likely will not finish your weaving in class, you’ll have in class demos plus a simple instructional handout to feel confident finishing on your own. If you bring fibers from home, here are some suggestions:

  • Scrap yarn from your stash
  • Fabric/clothing/denim, “yarn” strips
  • Frogged sweaters or thrift finds
  • Botanicals like grasses or flowers
  • Plastic bag yarn, cassette tape, ribbon

Materials Supplied

Supply fee: $14 for circular frame, wooden tapestry needle, embroidery needle, 24 yard cotton warp, handouts. Optional additional fee of $4 for access to fiber bar or bring your own worsted to chunky yarn, roving plus alternative fibers. Payable to the instructor on the day of the class.

Class Size

Minimum: 4, Maximum: 12

About the Instructor: Vanessa Lauria

Vanessa Lauria is the maker and artist behind pidge pidge. She weaves modern scarves, accessories and home décor that merge the craft of traditional weaving with a passion for modern color and texture. Her work is colorful and vibrant and she loves to experiment with unique fibers and play with unexpected color combinations. Vanessa has previously taught weaving workshops in Buffalo and Joshua Tree, CA. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on fibers from Syracuse University. This is her tenth year in business and third year vending at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. Subscribe to her newsletter here: