Gretchen Romey-Tanzer: Band Weaving with Inkle Looms and Rigid Heddles


This workshop will focus on the Scandinavian tradition of inkle bands and pattern pick-up bands. 


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Sunday, November 17th, 2019
12:30 – 4:30

Woven bands are a part of many weaving traditions.  Woven bands have been used to secure household goods, livestock, and used as decorations on ceremonial costumes.  Color often signifies social status or village alliance.  This workshop will focus on the Scandinavian tradition of inkle bands and pattern pick-up bands. 

We will be using Inkle looms and small rigid heddles for our woven bands.   Participants will design a project with cotton fiber, using colors of their choice.  Each person will set up their own project and learn how to weave both simple and more complex pick-up patterns. 

Weavers in the class should expect to weave a narrow band that can be used as a belt, a book mark, a dog leash or a decorative handle for a handmade bag. 


Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.























All materials provided — Gretchen will collect a $5.00 materials fee during the workshop.

Instructor Bio








About Gretchen Romey-Tanzer


1984   Master of Fine Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

1980  Banff Center of Fine Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Winter Arts Program and Summer Interchange.

1979  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen.

1978  Joensuukotiteolisuuskoulu, (Joensuu Handcraft School), Joensuu, Finland.

Selected National and International Exhibitions

2014  “sEVEn” Invitational group show. Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts.

2010  “CraftForms 2010”,  International juried craft exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania.

2009  “Fiber: It’s Good For You”, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, CA

2007   Art in the Embassies Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland.

2006  “Crafts National”, Zoller Gallery, Penn State University, Pennsylvania.

2002  “The Nature of Craft”, Craft Alliance Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri.

1996  “Lengths of Time”, Convergence, Handweaver’s Guild of America convention, Portland, Oregon.

1988-1984  Numerous juried Craft and Fiber shows around the United States.

1980  “The Fourth International Exhibition of Miniature Textiles” British Crafts Center, London, England.

National and Regional Craft Fairs

1991-2019, American Craft Council Shows, Baltimore, Maryland and West Springfield, Massachusetts.

2003-2019, CraftBoston, Society of Arts and Crafts Spring and Holiday Shows, Boston, Massachusetts.

1998-2007, Crafts at the Castle Show, Boston, Massachusetts.

1989-2019, Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen Annual Fair, Brewster, Massachusetts.

2014, American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Illinois.

2002, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C.

1996, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


2019 “Artist Fellowship Award in Crafts”, Mass. Cultural Council.

2017 “Award of Distinction in Decorative Fibers”, Craft Boston Holiday, Boston, MA.

2016 “Award of Distinction in Decorative Fibers”, Craft Boston Holiday, Boston, MA.

2010 “Award of Excellence”, American Craft Council, Baltimore Retail Market. Baltimore, MD

2005 Artist Grant Awarded in Crafts, Massachusetts Cultural Council.

2002 “Directors Choice”, Purchase prize Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Crafts at the Castle Show.

2001 “Niche Award”, Handwoven Fiber, Niche Magazine, Rosen Group

2000 Merit Award, “Electronic Gallery Exhibit”, National Art Education Association

1998 “Award of Excellence”, A.C.C., Baltimore Winter Market, Baltimore, MD.


Jack Lenor Larson; Textile designer, Author, and Collector.

Camille Cook; Founding member of “Friends of Fiber Art International”

Randall Darwall: Artist, Educator and Consultant

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.

The PEW Charitable Trusts

The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana.