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Inkle Loom Weaving Class

background image credit Annie MacHale’a Etsy Shop

Inkle looms are the simplest, and perhaps the oldest looms in human history. They are used to make up to 4″ bands for belts, ties, straps and so much more.

Julie Paterson, of the Seven Hills Handweavers Guild, will lead an inkle loom weaving class here at Golden Acres Ranch in early November.

Friday, November 8, 2019
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost is $75 for the class plus $15 for materials

Lunch, snacks and drinks are included in the class fee.

The material fee is for the yarn needed, handouts and hardware to complete your project.

We are limited to six students–unless you have your own loom and know how to make heddles.

Yarn for Class

Julie will bring a selection of 5/2 yarn that students can choose from. If you want to bring your own yarn you are welcome to do so… Please bring 5/2 as that fits the patterns and therefore the hardware size.

Yarns that are traditionally used for weaving, rather than knitting, are typically described by a number such as 3/2, 5/2, 10/2 and so on. The first number is the size of each ply that makes up the yarn. The second number is how many plies the yarn has. So 5/2 is two plies of size five yarn.

The number that describes the size is larger the thinner the yarn. So size 5 yarn is thinner than size 3 yarn. Just keep in mind that size 5 yarn in cotton is not the same as size 5 yarn in wool and linen.

Plies are the individual strands of yarn that are worked together to form a plied yarn. A single strand being sold or worked with on its own isn’t usually called a ply, though. It’s known as a single because calling it a one-ply yarn doesn’t make much sense.

To ply yarn, individual singles are spun together with the twist worked in the opposite direction from how the singles were spun. This gives the yarn more strength, durability, and consistency that is seen in a singles yarn.

“Yarn is built from energy, which we talk about as twist. Single-ply yarn has a single twist in one direction and plied yarns have two twists, one to create the single (in one direction) and one to create the ply (in the opposite direction). These twists create shape and motion in the yarn and contribute to the look and performance of knitted fabric.” From a useful article “The Why of Ply”


If you want to bring your own loom please make 20 or so heddles for the class. If you don’t know how to make the heddles but know the make and model of your loom, Julie can try to look up how to make heddles on your loom. Scroll down for Julie’s contact information.

Each student will learn to make heddles but there will be enough premade and available to use during the class.


Register for the class and materials using PayPal or a major credit card.

If you have questions about preparing heddles or materials for the class, contact Julie Paterson at juliepaterson [at]

If you have questions about workshop logistics (directions, accessibility, etc.), contact Bobbie Golden at