Taste of Weaving with Mari Macmillan & Helen Rau

  • 18 May 2024
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Downtown Art Center, Orange Room, 1041 Nuuanu Ave., Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96817
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Register Online Now through May 8, 2024.

Join us for Taste of Weaving with Mari Macmillan & Helen Rau.

Learn about weaving on portable as well as floor looms.  Spend an afternoon with Helen Rau and Mari Macmillan exploring rigid-heddle and floor looms to see which type better suits your needs.  In this class, you try both types, see the differences, and take home the samples you have woven. Looms are pre-warped and all supplies are furnished, you just sit down and weave. Three hours of fun! Four students per class.

In this introduction to weaving, Mari will teach students to use a floor loom that is warped and set up to weave material approximately 10-12 inches wide. Emphasis will be on learning how to throw a shuttle and pack weft evenly, while keeping edges uniform. Looms and materials are provided and students will be able to take their piece home.

There is a $10 supply fee payable to the instructors at the beginning of class. The supply fee includes warp and weft (threads/yarn) for learning to weave and handouts with information about weaving. Each student will take home the two samples they create in class.

What to Bring:

  • $10 Supply Fee
  • Drink and a snack (optional)
  • Wear comfortable clothing

Instructor Bios:

Helen Rau has been weaving since 1995. Her favorite process of weaving is warping, and she loves creating kitchen towels, rag rugs, and scarves. Initially working on a floor loom, she transitioned to Rigid Heddle to save on space. Helen lives part-time in Portland, Oregon, and her other passions are spinning cotton, and spending time in her kitchen!

Mari Macmillan has been weaving for 30 years. Early on, someone told her about "Hi-Tech, Hi-Touch" and she balanced a highly technical medical career in pharmacy with the high touch need to make things completely by hand.  She likes to create functional items that show her love of color. Two of her non-functional pieces have been purchased by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.  Many towels have been purchased at the Hui booth at the Kalama Fair in December. Mari also paints.

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.

This class is open to adults, and minors ages 12-17 when accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you are interested in taking the class with your child, please register online and add your child as a guest. Those registering for a Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui class may add one guest based on availability.

We require a minimum of three participants for each class. A full refund will be issued to those registered, if class is cancelled by Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui. Refunds for class registration cancellation by participant will be issued in full only if the cancellation is made more than 14 days before the class begins.

MAP Downtown Art Center Parking, Enter the Chinatown Gateway Garage from Bethel Street. Weekday rate: $3.00 for two hours, $1.50 for each additional 30 minutes. All-day weekday pass: $10.00 (park in the garage between 6:30 and 8:30 AM, and exit by 6 PM). Weekend rate: $.50 for 30 minutes, with a maximum fee of $3.00. All transactions by credit card.  

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For more information contact: classes@hawaiihandweavers.org



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