Freestyle Weaving for the Creative Spirit


Instructor: Liza “Q” Wirtz of The Foldout Cat

Time of Class: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 23

Weave your heart! Learn to weave freestyle and free-spirited on a simple floor loom. Honor your inner sense of beauty and truth as you play with color, texture, and technique, and come away with a unique piece of woven art that reflects your creative spirit (yes, you do have one!). Students will learn basic skills of freestyle weaving on an approachable, easy-to-use two-harness SAORI floor loom. A few weaving techniques will be taught, but the emphasis of the class will be on exploration of color and texture in the service of personal expression. Students will take home what they weave.

If students want to bring something personally meaningful to them to incorporate into their weaving if possible, they’re welcome–indeed, encouraged–to do so. Some past examples: specialty paper, pieces of jewelry (this is a fun use for unmatched earrings and stray pendants), dyed or undyed fiber, leftover quantities of treasured yarn too small to knit or crochet into a finished item. Otherwise, students just need to bring their willingness to experiment and explore–and to practice imperfection!

Be sure to scroll down and read complete class details and requirements before registering for this class.

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Skill Level: No previous experience with weaving required (though experienced weavers are as welcome as complete novices). Freestyle weaving is intended to be accessible to everyone, no matter their level of skill or knowledge.

Age Requirements: Class open to students 8 years old and up. No adult accompaniment necessary. Students must be tall enough to reach the floor pedals on the looms and able to focus for the duration of the class.

About the Instructor:

Liza Q. Wirtz, better known as Q (aka the Chief Feline), runs multifaceted fiber-arts business the Foldout Cat from her home studio in Alabama with the frequent and welcome assistance of her partners and the help of a fluctuating number of cats. Having spent several past lives in other occupations–including bookseller, lawyer, and professional singer–Q now works fulltime towards earning her living as an artist and creative. Q teaches freestyle weaving, art-batt carding, and basic experiential spinning with the same philosophy that infuses her praxis: create from your heart, make what gives you joy, and put beauty into the world. She wholeheartedly believes in putting beauty into the world; she does not believe in the Fiber Police.

Q also makes and sells one-of-a-kind art batts built from the Foldout Cat’s unique Batt Buffet, hand-dyed microbatch yarn and fiber, handspun yarn, finished fiber-arts items, and simple fiber-arts tools. She has taught, vended, or both at fiber events in multiple states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia; later in 2024 she’ll add Kansas to the list. Find her as FoldoutCat on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok and on her website,


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