Teaching

Interested in learning more about the handweaving tradition that existed before the advent of the powerloom? Want to take a deep dive into how I resurrect 200-year-old coverlet designs for weaving today? Does your historic loom need a housecall? I can help! I have taught traditional weaving since 2014 and my background in museum interpretation gives me a unique perspective on the needs of historic sites. To learn more about my education and experience, download my current CV

 

Classes

My main venue for instruction is through The Marshfield School of Weaving where I learned the British-American weaving tradition. I'm teaching some specialized classes at Marshfield in 2021, but more importantly I'm teaching the Foundations of Weaving class, a week-long introduction to the techniques passed down through Norman Kennedy and Kate Smith. This class teaches the heart of the weaving tradition that I practice and is open to weavers of any experience level, including none! Find dates on my calendar and visit Marshfield to sign-up.

 

Presentations

If there's one thing I like it's talking about pictures and my slideshows are anything but a bland Powerpoint. Illustrated with an abundance of images and video, my slideshows help the audience experience a slice of traditional weaving. Covid-19 has taught us all the art of Zoom meeting and as a result these presentations can be delivered in-person or virtually. Q & A discussions are encouraged and examples of my work are available for in-person presentations. Slideshows currently available:

  • Fancy Weaving in the 21st Century. This presentation kicks off with a brief overview of how I came to handweaving and then details the history of my Jacquard equipment, how the loom works, and the entire process of recreating a coverlet woven in 1830.  

  • The Burroughs Garret. This presentation is a general overview of what I do, my background in weaving, the opportunities of traditional craft in modern life, and how my home has shaped my business, and vice versa.  

Slideshows last approximately an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes. If delivering in-person, please note that the slideshows are built on a Mac so having the correct projector adapters are key!

Workshops

Hands-on workshops are often the best way to learn traditional handweaving skills. A custom workshop can be crafted for your group's particular needs, from multiple end warping to techniques for working with singles linen. Send me an email to discuss creating a workshop that works for you.

Consultations

There are countless looms on display at historic sites across the United States, but the resources for learning how to work with them are few and far between. Handweaving in America before the 20th century looked very different from the handweaving practiced today, and approaching a historic loom from the modern perspective ignores its rich history. Users of modern looms often run into trouble when working with preindustrial handlooms and many people demonstrating at historic sites have a hard time troubleshooting when the loom isn't functioning correctly. Let me help you out! I have consulted with several museums and private loom owners to get their looms in optimal working order and to provide training in the use of the tools for those demonstrating on them. Contact me to discuss your loom's house call. 

Essays

Serious and casual words on handweaving. Please do not distribute without the author's permission. 

Don't Take My Word For It

I'm honored to have been asked to present or consult for the following events and organizations:

  • Rhode Island Spinners Guild, Rhode Island

  • Materializing Race

  • The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

  • Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts

  • The National Museum of the American Coverlet, Bedford, Pennsylvania

  • Fabric of Life Learning, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

  • New York Textile Month, New York, New York

  • Rethinking Craft in Postindustrial Society, Conference, Columbia University, New York, New York

  • Flax & Linen: Following the Thread from Past to Present, Symposium, The New England Flax and Linen Study Group and Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts

  • Chesapeake Weavers, Annapolis, Maryland 

  • Weaving Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Hudson-Mohawk Weavers Guild, Latham, New York

  • The Vermont Historical Society, Montpelier, Vermont

  • Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont

  • Weavers of Western Massachusetts, Florence, Massachusetts

  • Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, New York

 

Get in touch to create or schedule a program.