Saturday 4th November 2023 1.00 - 3.30pm
All workshop participants will have their own loom set up and ready to go to give maximum time for weaving. The easy-to-use body-tensioned loom incorporates a rigid heddle which raises either set of alternate warp threads in turn - your sample will grow quickly as you pass the weft thread through the opening between. Rebecca guides you through the basics of weave technique and pattern options; transferable skills relevant to all types and sizes of weaving looms. Setting up a body-tensioned loom can be demonstrated to anyone interested! You will be encouraged to experiment, weaving with a wide range of yarns biased towards British Wool, particularly in it’s natural colours, as used in Rebecca's studio practice. The weaving you create is yours to take home; typically a 1m length of 20cm wide. Enjoy it as a hanging, or use to embellish a garment, trim a cushion or with some simple stitching made into something 'useful’. Enjoy this creative, meditative ‘time out’ session embracing the concept of 'Slow Textiles'
From her Cirencester studio, Rebecca creates woven textiles, loving the slow process of weaving on her vintage looms. She specialises in creating cloth with provenance, utilising the diversity of British wools with natural dyes whenever feasible. Commissions for bespoke items are hand-woven or designs developed for clients destined for production weaving. Rebecca graduated from Bath School of Art & Design, is a Licentiate of The Society of Designer Craftsmen and a member of Southwest England Fibreshed. She mentors, demonstrates and teaches locally, also for prestigious organisations such as West Dean College and The Prince’s Foundation at Highgrove.
You may like to bring a ‘special’ yarn from your stash; perhaps a hand-spun or an ‘art’ yarn, that you would like to try weaving with. An image or object with colours or patterns which appeals to you can be a useful start in choosing your yarns/colours.
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