Deb Essen is the author of "Easy Weaving with Supplemental Warps: " (Interweave Press), is a frequent contributor for Handwoven magazine and has recorded several DVDs on Supplemental Warps, Pile Weaves with Supplemental Warps, Unlocking Profile Drafts, Pin Loom Projects through Handwoven. She has been weaving for over 25 years and teaches at local, regional and national conferences, guilds and shops.
If you are looking for a teacher for your shop, guild, festival or conference, please contact Deb at firstname.lastname@example.org for an up to date schedule and class availability. Yes, she takes requests!
Beginning Weaving - Rigid Heddle looms
2 Day Class - Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom! We start by learning weaving terms, how to wind a warp, dressing our looms and how to weave using a rigid heddle loom.
Deb Essen teaching schedule and classes
Beginning Weaving - Multi Shaft Looms
2 Day Class - Learn how to weave on a rigid heddle loom! We start by learning weaving terms, how to wind a warp, dressing our looms and how to weave on a multi shaft floor or table loom.
Doubleweave Pick up
Advanced Beginner and up Students bring warped loom to class.
1 Day Class - Doubleweave allows you to weave two layers of cloth on one warp, enabling you to double the width of your fabric! Learn how to weave patterns anywhere in your fabric using just a pick up stick and a graphed design.
Unlocking Profile drafts - 2 options
Advanced Beginner through Advanced Experience
Full Day Class - An introduction to Profile Drafting, how profile drafts work, creating a profile draft and converting profile drafts to a thread by thread draft.
2 or 3 Day Class - Includes all information in the 1 day class plus students create their own profile draft, convert it to a thread by thread draft and we weave samples. In the 3 day class version, the samples are woven in Round Robin so class participants leave with at least 5 samples of various weave structures woven on the same profile draft.
Advanced Beginner and up Students must be comfortable warping their loom
2 Day Class - Doubleweave allows you to weave two layers of cloth on one warp, enabling you to double the width of your fabric! Learn how double weave works, planning a project, how to warp your loom and weave double width, tubes, two separate layers and pick up patterns where you can create designs anywhere on your fabric! Great fun!
A sampling of classes offered by Deb Essen
This is a short list of classes taught by Deb Essen. New classes are always in development and requests are considered.
Weaving with Supplemental Warps - without a second back beam! 2 day class
Advanced Beginner through Advanced Experience. Students must be comfortable warping their looms.
This class explores weaving with supplemental warps without needing a second back beam. We discuss how supplemental warps work, designing for textiles using supplemental warps, learn how to set up your loom for supplemental warps and weave samples in class.
Color in Weaving - 3 options
Advanced Beginner through Advanced Experience
Half Day Class - Color for Fiber Artists This class is an introduction to color theory for weavers and fiber artists. We discuss color theory, working with different color combinations and how color value effects your projects from knitting to spinning to weaving.
Full Day Class - This class includes the information from the half day class and color interactions and using inspirations to create color combinations in weaving.
2 Day Class - This class includes the full day class plus weaving samples in color combinations based on the student's color inspiration in different weave structures in one warp.
2020 Teaching and Show Schedule
January 16-21, 2020 - Creativation - Booth # 1549
Joint ACFI/TNNA Trade Show, Phoenix, AZ
April 3-5, 2020 - Bozeman Weavers Guild. Bozeman, MT
Introduction to Profile Drafting - 1 day class
May 28 - June 1, 2020 - TNNA Summer Trade Show, Cleveland, OH
June 25-28, 2020 - Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners Conference, Helena, MT
Color for Fiber Artists - 1/2 day class
Weaving with Supplemental warps-without a second back beam - 2 day class
July 24-30. 2020 - Convergence Knoxville. TN - Handweavers Guild of America
Doubleweave Pick Up - 1 day class
Playing with Profile Drafts - 1 day class
Weaving with Supplemental warps - 2 day class
September 11-14, 2020 - Chattahotchee Weavers Guild, Atlanta, GA
Color in Weaving - 2 day class
October 16-19, 2020 - Del Oro Spinners and Weavers Guild, Del Oro, CA
Dates currently on hold as of 12/31/19-Class DBD
November 11-16, 2020 - San Antonio Weavers Guild, San Antonio, TX
Weaving with Supplemental Warps