March 19 2022: Netting with Jeff; Twining with Karthika

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. Due to Omicron, we may have to go virtual especially for the morning session. Updates will be provided to all registrants.

Introduction to the Huaca Prieta Experimental Archeology Project. Review of patterned twined and woven 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.

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 or guide you to obtain plants from a nursery, Companion plants, Ohio.


Picture frame: 16" * 20"


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

Hand spun cotton.


Fine hand spun indigenous Indian cotton yarn seems to be the best alternative. Karthika is sourcing this specially for these workshops.

You can also use simple  5/2 cotton in 2 contrasting colors to learn the structure.

$10.95 for a mini cone.