Workshops and Events



WORKSHOPS and EVENTS



We run weaving workshops twice yearly usually in the Spring and Autumn and can also offer courses to suit you at any time.


SPRING WORKSHOPS 2024


SPRING WORKSHOPS FULL!

Please contact us to be added to the waiting list


Saturday 16th March 2024 - 10.00 until 4.00

All courses cost £75 to include all materials necessary


Book your place on one of the following courses:


Rigid Heddle Weaving


  • set up the loom ready for warping
  • warp the loom with yarn in your chosen colours
  • thread the reed and tie on
  • understand the importance of weaving a header
  • load a shuttle with your chosen weft yarn colour
  • weave your piece
  • remove your piece from the loom
  • understand various methods of finishing
  • you will leave with a small piece of weaving suitable for a table mat/cushion front.


Inkle Loom Weaving


  • learn how to warp the inkle loom ready for a tubular weave
  • understand the types of yarn to use
  • load your shuttle with your chosen yarn 
  • weave tubular items such as shoelaces
  • remove your piece from the loom
  • understand how to finish your piece
  • you will leave with various items such as shoelaces and bookmarks


Introduction to Spinning with a Drop Spindle 


  • spin and ply your own ball of yarn
  • understand staple length, fibre characteristics and twist direction
  • explore a range of cellulose and protein fibres
  • prepare fibre, carding and combing
  • colour blending methods
  • understand washing, fulling and managing yarns for further use in textiles
  • you will leave with your drop spindle plus some fleece to enable you to continue spinning at home


Introduction to Weaving on a 4 Shaft Table Loom


  • understand the various parts of the loom
  • understand how your loom has been dressed ready for you to start weaving (your loom will already be warped when you arrive)
  • load your shuttle with your chosen yarn colours
  • learn how to start and finish when changing yarn colours
  • understand the idea of a balanced cloth and the idea of ends per inch (epi) and picks per inch (ppi)
  • work through a sampler of various liftings to produce different twill weaves
  • remove your piece from the loom
  • understand how to finish your piece
  • you will leave with a sampler detailing different weave patterns



ONE TO ONE COURSES IN WEAVING OR SPINNING


We can arrange tuition on an individual basis which can be booked by the hour, half day or full days depending on the course content. Contact us with your requirements and we will design a course for you.


GROUP COURSES 


If you are a group and would like to learn something together book tuition for a half or full day.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements. 


TEXTILE STUDENTS


If you are a student studying textiles at college or university level and would like to try some weaving or spinning, please contact us to be added to our waiting list for a free place on one of our courses.  





ALL COURSES ARE SUBJECT TO OUR CANCELLATION POLICY

(SEE BELOW)


GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE




Cancellation Policy


Workshop cancellations by you

Our workshops are priced as fairly as possible. We therefore have to have a clear cancellation policy to ensure that we cover our costs and the on-going viability of the workshop.

Please check your diary carefully to ensure that you are available to attend any workshops you are booking with us.

All our workshops are strictly non-refundable in all circumstances.

If you give more than 14 days notice to cancel a place on a workshop your options are as follows:

  • We will be happy to transfer you to another workshop, space permitting.
  • If there are no suitable future dates for you to transfer to we can provide a voucher to be used for a future workshop booking; this will be valid for one year from the date of issue.
  • You can of course send someone in your place at any time, but please note that it is your responsibility to find a replacement person and you must let us know in advance who will be attending.

If you give less than 14 days notice to cancel a place on a workshop then your options are as follows:

  • If you would like to transfer, we can only transfer you to a future workshop if your place is re-sold.
  • If you would like to transfer and the place is not re­sold, we can add you to a last minute availability waiting list for future dates of the workshop. If there are still unsold places on the workshop, with 24-48 hours until the workshop is due to take place, we will offer you a place at no additional charge. Please note this option is not a guarantee of a space.

We will do our best to fill the place within this time. Please be aware that in our experience it can be difficult to fill places on workshops at short notice.

Multiple class sessions

Some of our workshops take place over several sessions. If you miss a session, unfortunately we cannot offer a make up session. If you require further tuition to complete your project you may be able to book 1:1 lessons depending on the project and tuition required.

Workshop cancellations by us

In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a workshop you will be given at least 24 hours notice and offered a transfer to another date, a voucher to be used at another time or at our sales, or a full refund. We will not be held liable for any other costs or expenses that you may incur in the event of cancellation by us.