Penland Weaving/Second-Floor Textiles Studio

Iron Studio


Iron Studio


Iron Studio


Iron Studio


This list of equipment is intended to give you an idea about what the weaving studio is like. Keep in mind that, although this equipment is available in the studio, if something is not necessary for your class, it may not be prepared or available for use. The equipment used by your class will be determined by your instructor and will be appropriate to the techniques covered in your class. This is a general description of equipment and may change before your session.


General Studio Area Looms

12 Schacht Mighty Wolf 36"/8H
3 Macomber Ad-A-Harness 24"/8H
1 Macomber Ad-A-Harness 32"/12H
2 Macomber Ad-A-Harness 32"/8H
2 Macomber Ad-A-Harness 40"/8H
1 Macomber Ad-A-Harness 48"/8H
1 Macomber Ad-A-Harness 56"/8H
1 Edwards & Tilford 63"/4H
1 Leclerc 4H table loom
1 Louët Kombo 40 8H table loom

Other Equipment

12 weaving tool kits for rental use (see below for more information)
3 drum carding machines
7 pairs of hand carders/carding paddles
Loom benches
12 warping boards
2 warping reels
2 Schacht 8-cone cone holders
Reeds, dent sizes: 4-20, various widths
Lease sticks
5 electric bobbin winders: 4 double-ended, 1 single-ended
4 manual Schacht bobbin winders
4 manual ball winders
4 wooden umbrella swifts
6 metal umbrella swifts
3 Schacht GOKO metal swifts
3 Leclerc metal skeinwinders
2 Schacht 20-spool spool racks
17 drop spindles
Stainless steel digital scale
Task lamps with clamps
2 yardage counters
Box fans
Tool cabinet with a limited selection of miscellaneous hand tools: wrenches, pliers, hammers, mallets, screwdrivers, hand drill, staple guns, handsaws, jewelers’ saws, pruning saws, hedge shears, and extension cords
Tables, chairs, and stools
12 Janome Schoolmate sewing machines
12 sewing kits for rental use

Dye Kitchen

3 propane gas burners
3 portable induction burners
2 sinks
1 microwave
1 small refrigerator
Various dye kitchen equipment, including stainless steel dye pots and basins, buckets, pots and pans, measuring spoons and cups, spatulas, whisks, scales, thermometers, towels, plastic drop cloths, etc.

Students are responsible for any servicing and/or replacement needed for any of the studio equipment used during their class.

Supplies and Materials

Shared class supplies (specific material items requested by your instructor) can make up part of a studio fee. You will be notified in advance with the amount of the estimated studio fee for your class in your student information packet.

If your class requires hazardous materials, they will need to be disposed of properly. A hazardous waste disposal fee will be charged in addition to the studio fee.

In order to limit the hazardous waste generated in the studios, Penland cannot allow students to bring toxic materials onto the campus UNLESS they are listed on the student materials list. Any materials that you bring with you that are not listed on the student materials list MUST be NON-TOXIC. All materials brought onto the Penland campus must be in its proprietary (original) packaging.

Please refer to the student materials list for specifics about materials needed for the class. In order to reduce waste, paper towels are NOT provided by the studio, so please plan to bring 3-4 cotton towels for your personal use. If you feel the need to use paper towels, please bring enough rolls for the duration of your session. Paper towels are available for purchase in the school store as well.


The studio stocks a selection of yarn based on instructors’ requests. Yarn is sold through the weaving studio by the studio assistant during scheduled times. Please refer to the student materials list for specifics on materials needed for your class.


12 weaving tool kits are available to rent during your class. The weaving tool kit rental fee is $5. The weaving tool kit includes 2 boat shuttles (1 small, 1 large), 5 bobbins for each shuttle, 1 reed hook, 1 heddle hook, 2 stick shuttles, 1 measuring tape, 1 pair of basic scissors, 1 pair of snips, tapestry needles, and 2 small pick-up sticks.

The student is responsible for any damaged and/or lost items and will be required to pay for the cost of repair and/or replacement of the damaged/lost equipment.


The Weaving/Lower Textiles Studio is located on the 2nd floor of the Lily Loom House; it is accessible by staircase only. The overhead lights are full-spectrum fluorescent. A washer and dryer are located on the third floor and are to be shared with the Surface Design Studio. The building is heated but not air-conditioned. You may want to bring a small, portable fan with you.

Smoking is not permitted in or near the building; cigarette breaks involve a flight of stairs and a trip outside to the designated smoking area – an uncovered picnic table.

The third floor has one shared bathroom and the ground floor of Lily Loom House has two bathrooms available. (There is no bathroom on the second floor).

Student Workspace

The Weaving Studio is a communal workspace. Students are provided a loom with a bench, chair or stool, a table, and a clamp-on desk lamp with full-spectrum bulb.

Students are welcome to bring favorite personal hand tools for use in the studio.


Lockable storage space is not available for student use in the Weaving Studio. Lockers are available to rent elsewhere on campus for a refundable fee. Locks are available at the school store.

Safety Information

The studio coordinator gives a mandatory safety walk-through at the beginning of every class. The walk-through informs you on how to safely operate equipment and work in the studio space, as well as what the safety procedures are in case of an emergency.

A first aid kit, 3 fire extinguishers, a fire blanket, an emergency eyewash station, and a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) binder are provided in the studio.

A hazardous waste station is also in the studio for disposal of spent solvents/chemicals and solvent rags. A spill kit is provided in case of small spills of caustic, flammable, or corrosive materials. In case of an emergency, the nearest phone is in the neighboring Toll House. North Carolina Health regulations do not permit Penland School to provide dust masks, respirators, gloves, aprons, and other safety equipment for shared use. Please refer to the student materials list for specifics about safety equipment needed for the class. Some items may be available for purchase at the school store.

Alcohol consumption is not permitted in the studios. Working in the studios under the influence of alcohol is not permitted. The use of illegal drugs is prohibited on the Penland campus.

Shared Studio Equipment

Besides shared equipment, it is important to note that the Weaving/Lower Textile Studio is a shared space.

Shared air space/music: Each class should discuss the playing of music and reach a consensus on the time of day, the volume, and the type of music to be played. Tolerance and consideration are expected from everyone.

If you wish to use equipment in other studios during your session, you must contact the studio coordinator of that particular studio first. If permission is granted, then you must work with the instructor, studio assistant, and studio coordinator of that studio to arrange access. They will determine if the desired usage is compatible with their class’ activities and if you are able to work safely and independently with the equipment.


The whole class is asked to participate in weekly clean-up sessions and a FINAL clean up at the end of the class.

Session Schedule

Each session starts with an all-school meeting Sunday evening at 5pm followed by dinner in the Pines. Classes start Sunday at 8:30pm. Classes end and studio clean-up takes place the day before your session ends. The last day of each session is reserved for farewells and an all-school exhibition of work created during your time at Penland.

Everyone must participate in studio clean-up; if you must leave early, please ask the studio assistant to assign you clean-up tasks you can accomplish before your departure.

If you have questions, contact:
Amanda Thatch
Textiles, Drawing, and Painting Studio Coordinator
Voicemail: 828-765-2359 x 1126
E-mail Address: