We are excited to welcome Joan Sheridan to central Ohio! She will be here in April, leading a workshop on Scandinavian or Krokbragd weaving.
Instructor Joan Sheridan is a weaver, knitter, spinner, fiber explorer and, since 2000, owner of Heritage Spinning and Weaving. Trained as an educator and curriculum developer by the US Army, she is a natural teacher. She attended the College for Creative Studies for two years (photography) and graduated with a BA in English from Wayne State University. Joan volunteers weekly in the textile conservation department at the Henry Ford Museum and loves to combine her passion for textiles with her fascination with history. She has taught and presented at conferences, guilds and shops, and on tour in Norway.
How Joan came to weaving:
For nearly 20 years I flirted with wanting to spin and weave, but never felt the time was right (children take a lot of time). Then, in 1999, I saw an advertisement for a local sheep and wool festival and signed up for beginning spinning and natural dyeing classes. Mariah, then age 7, expressed an interest in spinning, too, and took the kid’s beginning spinning class.
At that festival I bought my first wheel and soon after bought a second. Through a friend, I was gifted with most of a loom and Deborah Chandler’s Learning to Weave book. I found I had copies of Handwoven magazines on my bookshelf and soon ordered what I needed to teach myself to weave.
A year later I was frustrated with buying over the phone, selecting weaving yarns from sample cards, and buying roving only at festivals and decided I probably wasn’t the only person around that felt the same way. So, I did what any sane person would do and opened a store (okay, so maybe I wasn’t so sane!). At the time I had a full-time job as a graphic designer and we sublet from the printing company I worked for. It wasn’t too many years later before we grew from 400 square feet to bursting the seams of the entire 3000 square feet of space that we now occupy. I continued to work at the print shop, first full-time, then part-time for the first four years we were open.
Over the years I have been blessed to have some of the most giving and talented staff members a person could ever wish for. Many of our staff are volunteers. They range in age from early 20s to 70+ and have a wide range of fiber interests. If you have a fiber question, it’s almost certain someone on the staff will be able to help you.
Heritage Spinning and Weaving is definitely a labor of love. My parents are great supporters – Dad makes our hand spindles, Mom knits many of the sample socks hanging in the sock room, our upgraded lights was done by my now husband, my daughter has been helping behind the scenes with computer work, my son provides grandchildren.
Krokbragd is a boundweave structure that is instantly identifiable as “Scandinavian” even by people who have no idea what it is called. At its most basic, it is a unique structure based on a three-shaft twill. Each face of the fabric is different. Totally different. Because of the wide sett and dense epi, it creates a weft faced rug that is “squishy” underfoot and is warm and durable. Each student will provide a warped loom and yarn, following complete instructions provided at time of registration. This is sloooooow weaving, so you can expect to weave a small sampler and begin work on a larger piece that could be a wall hanging.
Registration is limited to 12 for this class, so don’t hesitate – register today!