2022 Summer Program


Class #67

Woven Treasures: Creating Rag Purses & Tote Bags

JoEl LoGiudice

August 7 - August 13, 2022

instructor imageDo you have fabrics or clothing items that are filled with special memories? Here is your opportunity to repurpose and preserve these keepsake fabrics by giving them a new life as a woven purse or tote bag. This class will cover all of the steps involved in weaving rag purses from start to finish. You will learn how to warp and dress looms (four-harness or rigid heddle looms), develop methods for preparing and joining rag strips and explore various weaving techniques. You’ll discover ways to construct your purses or tote bags and enjoy witnessing the transformation from humble rag strips to beautiful woven treasures.

Rental looms are available from The Clearing for a nominal fee, or you may bring your own tabletop loom, portable floor loom or rigid heddle loom.

JoEl Levy Logiudice was first introduced to weaving as an undergraduate student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has studied with Peter Collingwood, Edwina Bringle and Virginia West, to name a few. Her passion for weaving is shared with her students. JoEl has taught weaving at Florida Junior College, the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Tennessee Technological University, Vanderbilt University and the John C. Campbell Folk School. She recently retired from Vanderbilt University after serving for 28 years as the Director of the Office of Arts and Creative Engagement. JoEl loves exploring new ideas and techniques for weaving with rags and recycled materials.

A supply list will be sent prior to class and is available online.
JoEl will contact students prior to class.
Note: Looms are available to rent from The Clearing for $25.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $25 for cotton carpet warp, interfacing, nylon webbing and cords for purse straps
Supply List: Supply List PDF
Web: www.facebook.com/RagtimeDesignsWeaving

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.