ONLINE WORKSHOP: Weaving Without a Loom with Jodi Colella


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Mondays, February 22, March 1 and 8
1:00pm – 3pm

This is an online workshop on Zoom.

Discover the joys of expressive weaving using common materials found at home combined with simple innovative techniques. Learn how to make woven tapes on a homemade box loom; customized shapes on a pin loom; organic tapestries on a frame loom; and a Peruvian scaffold weaving technique plus more. Each class is provided with an instructional video ahead of time followed by a live interactive Zoom meeting with live demos, individual instruction, and lots of time for Q&A. There will be a private Facebook page to view the videos, share our work, check in with questions and build community. If not on Facebook, videos can be viewed with a link to a private google doc. All levels welcome. Limited to 12 students

Class 1 – Box Looms
Class 2 – Woven Shapes with Pin Looms
Class 3 – Frame Looms and circular looms

EXTRAS: In addition to the 6 hours of instruction, there are 4 instructional videos for each week of teaching that the students have access to through the end of the year PLUS a private community on Facebook to share questions and projects and Jodi is available for added assistance.



Materials List:

The links are provided for reference as well as a resource. Please feel free to substitute with anything you may already have in your possession.

Firm box to make a box loom  (approx. 4-6 in wide and 8-10 in. long)


-Stiff cardboard (priority mail and Amazon boxes work well)


-Fome Core (8.5×11 in. sheet)… optional


-Tapestry Needle



-Weaving Needle… optional,



-2 Fine tooth combs, they need to be the same length and have equal distance between tines (


-Wide tooth comb (or a kitchen fork)


-Knitting needle (no smaller than 4 and up to size 9)


-Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors


-Duct tape


-Double stick tape


-Glass head common pins (1” in length works well)


-Seed beads (for bead weaving) (size 10 are good but any size will do)


Big Eye needles


-Beading thread


-26 gauge wire


-Old buttons for bobbles (optional)


-Assorted threads, yarns, fabrics from stash



Instructor Bio

Jodi Colella uses needlework to infuse renewed power to craft practices. Both her sculptures and interactive installations push the boundaries of traditional techniques to create works that imply an inner vitality and self-awareness of what it means to be human.

Jodi exhibits and teaches internationally; is a member of Boston Sculptors Gallery; and is a recipient of a 2019 Mass. Cultural Council Fellowship Award for Sculpture. She received a BA from Boston University and studied at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She exhibits extensively both locally and abroad including The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.; The Textile Center, Minneapolis; Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton; World of Threads, Toronto; and Da Wang Culture Highland, Shenzhen China.

Jodi is the founder of the fiber study group FiberLab and has taught throughout the U.S. and internationally with upcoming workshops in Greece and Australia.

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