Exploring One Warp, Many Structures with Denise Kovnat

Posted May 26, 2019

EWG hosted Denise Kovnat from Rochester, NY for a fabulous 3-day workshop, May 24-26, 2019, exploring the magic of extended parallel threading or Echo threading.

17 participants wove Echo, Jin (also called Turned Taquete), Shadow Weave, Rep, double weave and collapse weave structures. Denise covered network drafting, and provided a wealth of information (including over 50 drafts), and inspiration. An amazing learning experience!

The public was invited to a Saturday evening presentation Once Upon a Warp where Denise shared her process for creating handwoven garments. Denise explained that TEXTS and TEXTILES share the same Latin Origin – TEXERE to weave. “Every warp has a story. Where does that story begin?” She then shared the story behind a number of garments juried into the Handweavers’ Guild of America fashion show, Convergence from 2008 to 2018. 25 participants enjoyed Denise’s presentation, and then had an opportunity to touch and try on the beautiful garments.

See some photos of workshop participants samples in Echo, Shadow Weave and Jin below.

A big thank you to the Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers of Alberta (HWSDA) for their financial assistance.


Kyla (left), EWG Classes Coordinator thanking Denise