Stitch Fest South West is organised by:

Stitch Fest 

1 New Buildings

Harbertonford TQ9 7SZ

Tel: 01803 731077


No customer facing facilities.No visitors without appointment please


Grove Classroom 1, Grove School, Totnes TQ9 5ED


In this 3 hour workshop you will be weaving on simple body-tensioned looms comprising a 20cm wide rigid heddle and a backstrap, with each participant having their own to use.


Looms will be setup ready, so following a brief demonstration of the basic techniques, you will be able to get weaving!


As you gain confidence Rebecca will offer guidance to extend your weaving and design skills, encouraging experimentation with a range of yarn colours, thicknesses, textures and fibres, to include the British Wools and Natural-dye colours used in her own designs.


The Warping, Threading and Tensioning of this type of loom will be demonstrated and at the end of the workshop we will discuss ‘finishing’.


You will create a woven sampler approx.. 20cm wide to take home; depending on your choice of yarns, complexity of weaves and speed of weaving you could have a length of around 50cm  - to enjoy as a hanging, used to embellish something like a cushion, or with some simple stitching made into a bag or pocket for .... whatever you need one for!


What to bring: All equipment is provided. Warp yarn and an assortment of weft yarns are provided, however if you would like to try your own weft yarns please feel free to bring with you. Please bring £25 in cash if you think you may like to purchase the loom you have used in the workshop.


Rebecca is a Woven Textile Designer and Hand-weaver.

She has a BA in Textile Design, is a Licentiate of The Society of Designer Craftsmen and an Associate of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.


Working from her studio near Cirencester, she creates designs for woven cloth, weaving by hand on antiquated looms. Fabrics are developed for commercial clients, for one-off commissions or for exhibition. Bold patterns in un-dyed British Wool with natural dyed colour are her signature designs.


Rebecca teaches weaving and natural dyeing at her studio and across the South West. She has exhibited with and taught for British Wool.

Weaving on a Body Tensioned Loom with Rebecca Connolly