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Foundation Rigid Heddle Weaving

You will explore your loom to develop an understanding of colour, texture, shape and line in fabric. Simple design exercises will support your developing knowledge, as well as generate ideas for your craft. You will make functional item and an art piece. These will develop from the design exercises and your samples.

Term 1 – You will produce a sample using a plain cream cotton warp – we will learn how to weave and apply pattern to cloth using coloured and textural wefts.

We will ‘finish’ the cloths correctly. You will go on to design and make a scarf based upon the ideas explored.

Term 2 – You will use colours in the warp and weft and explore the patterns they create. We will use photographs of sunsets to inspire a hanging.

Term 3 – Pushing technique further, we will explore patterning through finger manipulation and the use of pick up sticks. You will design a simple functional item to make.

You will need your own rigid heddle loom and warping equipment. If you do not have a loom, then please inquire for advice if you need it.

The first term will be an introductory course introducing the basics, followed by the foundation course. You will be able to claim a certificate at this stage, if you wish, for £30.00


Foundation Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry is a woven picture. The warp is covered by the weft, which creates a picture. Your loom or frame holds the warp under tension whilst you weave in sections to build up areas. You will learn techniques for building up your tapestry alongside design theory. You will create ideas on paper and learn to interpret them in you craft. From your designs and samples you will make a picture and a small functional item.

Term 1: You will learn to warp your loom/frame and set up for tapestry, including string heddles. You will work a sampler looking at basic edge to edge and non edge to edge techniques. We will introduce basic patterning in terms of colour, line and shape. You will design and weave a small picture using these.

Term 2: You will explore colour and shape developing tapestry techniques. You will use Sunsets as your inspiration to design and weave a small picture.

Term 3: We will look at the use of woven structures and different materials to create lines and texture. You will design and make a functional item.

You will need a small, transportable tapestry frame or loom. You can do this on a strong, rigid heddle loom. If you are not sure what to get then please inquire for advice if you need it.

The first term will be an introductory course introducing the basics, followed by the Foundation course. You will be able to claim a certificate at this stage, if you wish, for £30.00.
Intermediate Weaving
Intermediate Tapestry Weaving

This is a two-year in depth programme where you will revisit techniques introduced earlier and discover new ones. You can work on a rigid heddle loom using two rigid heddles, a 4-shaft loom or a tapestry frame. You will specialise in one area that you should have studied at Foundation and be familiar with. You will continue to develop your design skills and ideas for your weaving. There are four making projects where you will create items that are individual to you. We will guide you at every stage to help you reach a high level in your craft. Dyeing techniques are included within the programme.
Exploring Double Cloth

This is a non-accredited programme for those who are accomplished weavers on a rigid heddle loom or a shaft loom. You will explore double cloth by creating a sampler. You will use these techniques to weave an item.
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