Twining, Looping, Soumak, Rya Sampler: Tapestry Techniques with Deborah Jarchow (Online)

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Class time is Pacific Time, Class Code FI121121DJ
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    Registration will close on Wednesday, December 8th.


**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Learn these wonderful advanced techniques that can take your weaving to the next level.  Spend some time making a sampler that includes simple hemstitch, rya knots, twining, looping, and soumak, which can add textural interest to your weaving projects. During the class you will learn the techniques and then be encouraged to try different yarns and variations to broaden your understanding of these skills. Use these variations to create your own style and increase the artistry of your woven pieces.

Class Level: Advanced Beginner

Homework: Warp your loom with the dk or light worsted weight yarn using a 7.5 or 8 dent reed. The warp should be 88” long and consist of 64 warp threads (32 slots, 32 holes). Spread the warp with waste yarn to even out all warp threads

Supplies to have on hand: 

300 yards dk or light worsted weight yarn for the warp and some weft.  This yarn should be strong, non-hairy, solid color, non-stretchy.  200 yards of a different solid color worsted weight yarn for weft.  100 yards each of two different bulky weight yarns.  These can be multi colored or variegated as you can see in the project image. 10 - 15 yards waste yarn (acrylic worsted weight works well), scissors, tapestry needle, measuring tape, 2 brown paper grocery bags, 2 - 3 tubes from inside a paper towel roll, a hair pick or wide tooth comb plus a fork (non-plastic), long (13”-14” straight knitting needles in around sizes 7 - 9 and 13  (these can be shared with a friend), crochet hook size E - G or so (this is helpful but not mandatory), pick up stick 8” wide minimum - or the size of your loom, 2 shuttles (I used 1 boat and 1 stick). 

(Note: While this class has been designed for RHLs, the techniques are applicable to floor looms as well.)

 A limited number of looms are available for members to borrow for this class, but must be picked up in person. For more information, contact

This class is divided into two sessions: 10 am  - 12 pm, (2 hour break), and will resume again at 2 pm - 4 pm for a total of 4 hours of on-line instruction.


  • Registration will close on Wednesday, December 8th at 4:00pm.
  • This class will be taught via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.
  • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to the class start. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.  
  • Skill Level: INTERMEDIATE

Instructor Bio:

Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the United States. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Deborah loves helping people discover the joy of weaving and during the past several years, has focused her teaching mainly on rigid heddle looms.  Until recently, she traveled extensively to share her weaving enthusiasm and expertise.  She is known as a generous teacher who makes weaving accessible and exciting to students of all levels.

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