Vintage 1940s two- and four-harness looms indicate that weaving has been a part of the Arts curriculum at WNMU for a long time. Mexican tapestry weaving was added to that tradition in the 1970s. In the fiber arts studio students trace the full development of fiber arts as we know it today, beginning with fleece preparation, carding and spinning yarn, and weaving.
Both beginning and advanced students experience a variety of techniques, including felt-making, hand manipulating yarns for belts and straps, tapestry, and inkle and card weaving for small format projects. Students create textiles on harness looms and the computer loom, a recent addition to the department. Through organized methodology, patience and shared experience from fellow students and department faculty, a rich fibers tradition continues to grow.