The Merry Weavers of Memphis

Fifteen students were registered to take the “Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving” class I was teaching at the Lewis Senior Center of the Memphis Parks and Recreation Department. This class is funded by Creative Aging Midsouth, a non profit organization providing entertainment and arts workshops to senior citizens living in the communities of West Tennessee.  Many of the students had never woven before, but everyone completed at least one project which ranged from scarves to tote bags to mini purses to handbags made from rags or fabric strips. Students used both Beka and Schacht rigid heddle looms, and one student had her own Kromski “Fiddle”.

Students threading their warps on rigid heddle looms

Tommie weaving with fabric strips, or rags to make a handbag

Marty and Irene showing off their handwoven scarves

Dorotha and Frances wearing their scarves woven with Peaches and Cream cotton yarn

Marty's third class project on her Kromski "Fiddle"

Senorita with the two small purses and her scarf woven with peaches and cream yarn

Bea weaving fabric for mini purses

Kathryn with her cotton/linen/rayon scarf just cut off the loom

Ola was only able to attend two classes, but she managed to warp her loom, weave a scarf, and cut it off the loom

Everyone seemed to enjoy the class and they all were pleased with their finished projects.  Several decided to purchase their own looms,  and they all have requested another rigid heddle weaving class for early Spring.  It really was a pleasure to weave with these ladies!


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  2. Nice post, thanks! Memphis still holds a special place in my heart, I spent some time there and still remember visits to Graceland, Beale Street, and of course the blues clubs.

  3. Such a beautiful group and wonderful projects 🙂 Love all the smiling faces (Maria in TN)

  4. Awesome Felicitas. Do you own that many rigid heddle looms?
    I never have enough room to store them, so I buy them to teach and then review them and sell them on to someone else. 11 or 12 rigid heddle looms is a lot!

  5. Hi Cherri-I often teach teach weaving classes simultaneously, so my RH looms are generally in use. I own 8 Schacht looms and 1 RH loom of unknown origin. I also teach with 6 Beka looms that are the property of Creative Aging Mid-South, the non-profit organization that sponsors many of the weaving classes, and 2 that are on “permanent loan” from friends. Let’s see, that’s a total of 17 RH looms! And they get a lot of use!

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