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Fringeless: Four Selvedge Warping with Sarah C. Swett
Produced by Rebecca MezofF


This online class will teach you how to warp a loom so that when you are finished weaving, there is no fringe and no hem. This warping method is often called four selvedge warping.

Taught by master tapestry artist, Sarah C. Swett, it is a unique opportunity to learn how to warp and weave tapestry in this fun way while getting all of Sarah's inside weaving tips. You'll see Rebecca in this course also asking questions, giving her two cents about tapestry weaving, and generally keeping the camera rolling. 

Course outline

2.5 inch square four selvedge tapestry weavings by Sarah Swett

  • Introduction to four selvedge warping and weaving

  • Materials you'll need

  • Looms

  • Warping process

  • Weaving on a four selvedge warp as well as some exceptional tapestry weaving tips from Sarah

  • Removing your piece from the loom and finishing

  • Suggested projects and resources

  • Bonus videos!

course information

  • You will need a loom that has tensioning ability to do this technique. We provide plans for making a variety of pipe looms or you can use a Mirrix. Looms without tensioning (the ability to get longer to make the warp tighter) will not work for this method of four selvedge warping. You can make a copper pipe loom for about $25 plus one simple tool ($8-10) and we'll show you how to do that in the course. Or for a little more investment but far less fuss and no cutting, you can make a galvanized or black pipe loom which screws together in about five minutes. All you have to do is buy the parts (and again, we'll show you how).

  • Looms with beams to roll the warp on will not work for this technique either. This is not the technique to try on your floor loom. A simple pipe loom is the best choice.

  • This is not a beginning tapestry class. It is assumed that you have warped a loom for tapestry before and that you know basic tapestry techniques.

Pricing

Regular price for the full course: $249

You can see a webinar Sarah and I did about the Fringeless technique HERE. It includes some great information about our work, answers some questions about weaving and the course, and is generally a fun dive into the recording of a live online event.

This has been an amazing class with two accomplished weaving instructors!! The directions have been very clear and the video helps tremendously for a newbie. There are many “tips” that would be lost in a book. Especially important were the “mistakes” that were “corrected” things that might halt our progression were addressed. The lovely chats between the “dueling” instructors also gave helpful info. This class instills the confidence to just get on with the weaving once the logistics of the Fringeless technique is learned.

Thanks Rebecca and Sarah!!

— Irene Takahashi, Boulder, CO

Irene Takahashi, four selvedge weaving

The information presented in the Fringeless class is beyond fabulous. Not just about No Warp Ends — but about material management, design decisions, coping with trauma, and on and on. Take this class!
— Trish White via Ravelry, July 2018
Kudos to Rebecca and Sarah for putting together such a lovely course. And thanks to everyone for your questions and comments. I got to the class later than most and I enjoyed and learned a lot from your comments. Going forward, when I weave a shape and come up with a couple of awkward passes, I will remember the “the dreaded nipple effect” and laugh again uproariously! Thanks Sarah and Rebecca for such a fun class.
— Vicki Aspenberg
So much fun to make these looms! ... All are warped now and I’m enjoying the weaving very much. This was such a fantastic class. So well put together and such great videos and handouts. Maybe the best online class I’ve ever taken.
Pure Pleasure.
— Gisela Towner about Fringeless

Four selvedge tapestries by Sarah Swett

I loved the class.
I just adore Sarah’s attitude towards life and her joy shone through and made it a joy to watch her. Watching the two of you with very different weaving styles enjoy each other so much was a pleasure.
— Kate Colwell via Facebook

Below are some photos of work done in by people taking the Fringeless online class. Some of these weavers have been making tapestry for a long time, some are quite new at it.

The Fringeless course was a wonderful experience and I am truly grateful I “accidentally” came across it on Instagram one day.
— Annette Fontijne via Facebook
 

Click the images in the gallery below for larger images and captions.

I love it! For me, the best part is the way you and Sarah give us the information, in such clear terms both verbally and visually. You make it approachable and achievable. And seeing you both working together is enjoyable. Thank you for all the work you put into it. It’s been one of the highlights of my summer.
— Barb Gecas about the Fringeless class
I have loved it and the camaraderie between you and Sarah is fun to be a part of. I like the style and really appreciate your giving us the tools to do four selvedge weaving. I have seen directions elsewhere which were great, but nothing beats yours and Sarah’s successful effort to spell it out.
— Sue Porter Schwarz
I really appreciated Sarah’s videos and descriptions of how to use a bobbin. It’s been something I never quite understood and now I’m using bobbins! Thanks!
Rebecca and Sarah are enablers. They make every effort to show us how to use the materials we have to accomplish the task, whether it’s building a loom or weaving a tapestry. I love all the resources provided. You made it easy to walk into the hardware store with my list and walk out with everything I’d need for my pipe loom.
— Judy Schoonmaker
The Fringeless class was a fun class to take. I appreciated having the knowledge and teaching ability of two wonder tapestry artists leading the class. I loved it when both of you were weaving and we got to hear the conversation—a great way of being able to compare how different weavers work and learning from both!
— Ila McCallum
I thought it was a great class and I’m signing up for another this weekend. The videos and handouts were very good. I thought it was all clear and easy to understand, even with minimal tapestry experience. Great info. Wonderful teaching style!
— Gisela Towner
The class is fantastic and you and Sarah are fantastic teachers!
— Peggy Czacki