Kati Meek

Katie MeekKati’s nearly 50 years of playing with looms has led her on exciting paths along linen and tartan threads. Through Lithuania and Scotland, beyond physical, mental and age limitations, she has had great fun and made glorious cloth. Kati has taught from Fairbanks to San Antonio, San Francisco to Boston, at national and regional conferences, guilds, schools, the Textile History Conference at Thousand Islands, and numerous Convergences. Kati is the author of Warp with a Trapeze and Dance with your Loom, and Reflections from a Flaxen Past. She has designed three registered tartans including the State of Michigan’s, and she is a weaver of linens, tartans, upholstery.

Casablanca sleeve

Through the Long Eye of the Heddle

202, Friday PM

Suz linen sleeveThe design freedom of using long-eyed heddles is not limited to a drawloom. Long-eyed heddles give any counteraction loom exciting new, easily changeable design blocks. With Kati’s loom-in-a-bag and participants forming a “living loom,” the complexities of double-harness weaving become clear. We begin with the simple Lithuanian stick-weave (related to Swedish opphämta), progress through half-heddles and, in essence, create a drawloom right before our eyes. Woven work in linen, cotton and wool inspires weavers to try new methods of designing, including using a multi-shaft computer-aided loom to get similar results.