The Weaving Shed

15 Waushacum Avenue, Sterling, MA 01564 Directions
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Report | 8 months ago
Great class and wonderful instructor! Lots of fun
r b.
Report | 8 months ago
great class, knowledgeable instructor
Heather W.
Report | 2 years ago
Great class! Jen is a very patient instructor. I'm hooked and will definitely be taking future classes!
Carolyn H.
Report | 2 years ago
Really worthwhile.
Holly T.
Report | 2 years ago
It is a great place to learn weaving and other fabric arts. Jen the owner is fantastic, her knowledge is outstanding and her classes are wonderful. I highly recommend the Weaving Shed to anyone and everyone.
Alexandra F.
Report | 2 years ago
Jen was the best intructor! Patient, knowledgable, and fun. Definiely recommend the Weaving Shed.
Devon M.
Report | 2 years ago
Great class and instructor!
Karen E.
Report | 2 years ago
Jen, is so informative about the weaving process, it is wonderful learning from such a kind and knowledgeable person.
Michelle M.
Report | 2 years ago
I had fun learning about weaving. The teacher was very knowledgable and in the end we made a scarf for our first project.
Carol A.
Report | 2 years ago
Jen is an excellent instructor with excellent products.
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The rigid heddle loom is a relatively simple machine. Jennifer Baum, The Weaving Shed's owner and a juried fiber artist, likes it because a beginning student can set it up and start a scarf within 45 minutes. Along with the loom's simplicity, Jen appreciates the therapeutic value of its rhythmic, back-and-forth cadence. As students work the loom to steadily pull fiber threads into a hand-woven item, they also shed the stress of their day. Jen sees these transformations—both in the progress of the project and the demeanor of the student—as she guides the technique and lends tips to the up to eight students that attend each class in the newly-expanded studio.

Along with classes, The Weaving Shed also spearheads a Farm to Yarn program with local farms. The natural or hand-dyed sheep's wool or alpaca fleece becomes a sustainable, specialty fiber for weaving, knitting, felting, crotchet, and spinning projects. This interest in cultivating local fibers hits especially close to Jen's home, AKA Sunny Knoll Farm, where, with her husband and children, she helps raise an ever-growing alpaca herd. She describes the alpaca as a very "zen-lifestyle animal," even though scientific journals refer to them as "respiring shag carpets." Along with laughing at the "fun family adventure" that the experience has been, she also praises the hypoallergenic qualities of the fleece and its 22 naturally occurring colors.

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