History of the Weavers’ School
The Beginning - In 1984
Madelyn van der Hoogt opened The Weavers’ School in Fayette, Missouri,
in the fall of 1984. The first classes were held in an old farmhouse, where
the students also slept and ate all their meals. To open the front door,
some of the Baby Wolf looms had to be folded up! The dining room table doubled
as meal site and classroom desk. In 1986, Margaret Heller joined Madelyn as
the first studio director and fabulous cook.
In 1990, a new classroom was built to accommodate the over thirty looms that
had become essential to the curriculum--as each weave structure was added, so
was a new loom. The new space provided over 1500 square feet for looms and a
separate classroom area. The old school was then designated as the "dormitory," housing
as many as ten students per class.
The Weavers’ School moves to Washington
In 1993, Madelyn moved to Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. So did all of her looms and the school.
Suzie Liles joined her on Whidbey as Studio Director and Patty Huffer as occasional Studio Assistant.
In 2012, Madelyn "retired" from her Day Job as editor of Handwoven magazine to devote more time to
teaching, weaving, and writing. The school currently offers four Weaving I classes and three Weaving II