Barbara Whelan - Of Warp and Weft: A Timeline of Fabric Production


The weaving of cloth is known to have been done since at least the Neolithic era. This talk provides an overview of how cloth production has evolved over the last 15000 years.

Barbara Whelan learned to weave while living in rural Nova Scotia in the 1980's. After several years of weaving, the craft took a back seat to life and she gave away her large New Brunswick made loom.  Five years ago she took another Learn to Weave course and has never looked back.  She has a special interest in historical weaving drafts and unique weave structures, including traditional fingerweaving and sprang and especially likes working with the challenges of linen in traditional loom weaving.  She hopes to weave many of the historic drafts she has discovered in her research to date.