March 19 2022: Netting with Jeff; Twining with Karthika.

This workshop is over

4 hours. 10am to 12pm. Break for 1 hour lunch. 1pm to 3pm.

Location: Zoom and Textile Museum, Washington, DC. We will try a hybrid class so that both those who can make it to the Textile Museum and those who are unable to come can participate.

Introduction to the Huaca Prieta Experimental Archeology Project. Review of netted and twined textiles from Huaca Prieta 6200 years old to approximately 4000 years BC, led by Dr. Splitstoser. Dr. Splitstoser will share his initial experiments, how he draws textiles, and give a demo of a netting technique. You are welcome to try along.

In the afternoon, we will use picture frames and set up a circular warp for twining led by Karthika. She will share her reproduction and other examples of twined textiles. By doing we will gain insights about twining and weaving and how the two techniques developed in Huaca Prieta.

Karthika will also share how she grows 3 plants: Indigofera suffruticosa, Milkweed Asclepias Syriaca, Cotton Gossypium Hirsutum in natural beige and green. She will share seeds with you.

Supplies for netting:

Cotton twine:


Large eyed needle like this:


Popsicle sticks (2 required):


Supplies for twining:

Picture frame: 16" * 20"


You can also use simple rigid heddle or 2 harness looms if you like.

5/2 cotton in 2 or 3 contrasting colors (black, white, red) to learn the structure. You can also use the twine mentioned above along with a 5/2 yarn in a contrasting color. Note: cotton twine is preferred to cotton yarn for netting.

$10.95 for a mini cone.

Fine hand spun indigenous Indian cotton is the closest we can get to the early Peruvian cotton yarns. A limited number of hanks have been sourced from India and will be available for purchase.