Tess offers expert weaving instruction which includes many useful tips, tricks and coaching. Her style includes providing background knowledge and theory, helpful for new weavers like me who need to understand the whys, but involves more hands-on instruction and practice than book learning. I love that she provides a few options for doing things so we may each find what works best for us. I’ve truly learned way more than I thought I could in a relatively short time. Definitely would recommend learning with Tess if you get the chance! 

Sue Landry

I was so happy to find a hand-weaving instructor in Columbia, South Carolina. Fiber arts have been missing in our city for too long.  Cheers for the Fiber Arts group for bringing them back, and for Tess for enabling aspiring weavers to revive this craft. Tess is a highly accomplished craftsperson and an excellent teacher.  Her small classes are intimate and well-paced for the beginner, and loaded with tips and advice to return to as learners become more skilled.  I really appreciate the welcome and encouragement from Tess and the Fiber Arts group.  Highly recommended.  –Kathy Sheppard



Learn to weave with Tess Farley! 

Beginning weavers will learn the parts of the loom, weaving terminology, how to plan a weaving project and calculate warp and weft yardage, how to wind a warp, how to dress a loom, how to read a weaving draft, and how to weave properly. We will discuss choices of yarns suitable for weaving, where to purchase yarn, and how to properly finish handwoven items.

This class runs about 7 weeks and is held every Saturday at 9:00 a.m.  (except the second Saturday) for up to 5 hours.   

Students will use my 4-shaft looms unless they prefer to bring bring their own. All materials are provided. The yarn provided is off-white  unmercerized 5/2 cotton and 5/2 mercerized cotton in one of the colors of your choice from what I have in stock. Cost is $125.00 plus $35.00 materials fee. Call 803-403-3049 to register.

Next class starts Saturday, August 18, 2018.  This class is filled on a first come first served basis.

There will be a special Beginner Weaving class starting Monday, October 29, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  for those who do not work during the day. We will meet three times a week for 2-1/2 weeks. This class will finish well before Thanksgiving. Cost is $125.00 plus $35.00 materials fee. 


We will have  a flax spinning class during our September meeting on  Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10:00. I will show you how to prepare flax for spinning from a distaff and a towel, and will show you how to spin flax.

At our October 13, 2018 meeting, Patti will teach weavers  how to make a drawdown of a weaving draft on graph paper.


Cat track and snail trail towels

There will be an overshot weaving class starting Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. The project will be Cat Track and Snail Trail towels. The class will run each Saturday in January and the first Saturday in February to give students plenty of weaving time, if needed.

To participate in this class, you must know how to warp a 4-shaft loom. You will need to wind your warp at home and, if possible, bring a warped loom. If you need to use my loom, you will wind enough warp for not more than two towels. If you bring a warped loom, you can warp as much as you want for as many towels as you want. You will be winding and threading 442 ends with a 24 sett. If you cannot wind a warp at home, or if you will be using my loom, you need to come to my studio to wind your warp and thread the loom before the date class starts.

The supplies you need to bring are 2 cones of Bockens 16/2 white cotton, 2 or more colors of 8/2 cotton,  2 boat shuttles with bobbins, scissors, measuring tape, weaving temple, pen or pencil, and a warped loom if possible. If you have not yet acquired some of these supplies, you could probably borrow some of the studio equipment. 

Vavstuga is one store that carries both the 16/2 white cotton and the 8/2, but you may want to shop elsewhere for these yarns. 

White 16/2 :

Dyed 8/2 :

The cost for this class is $115.00

If anyone has questions or is interested in this class, please contact Tess at 803-403-3049. If you need to use one of my looms for this class, you need to reserve it quickly.