I wasn’t interested in weaving until a few years ago when a visit to a local craft fair sparked my interest in this most traditional of crafts. I saw that it was a discipline that could be interpreted in a very different, modern way, especially once I started using some beautiful hand-knitting yarns in my woven projects.
I have developed a style of my own, using a simple rigid heddle loom and just letting the yarns come to life in my hands as the cloth evolves in front of my eyes. I rarely start with much more than a basic plan of which colours I intend to use and a vague idea of what I’d like to make with the fabric when I’ve woven it – and then I just let the creative process take over. I have made scarves, bed-footers, hand and tea-towels, place mats and coasters, table-runners, shawls, stoles on my loom, as well as lengths of unique fabric ready for cutting and sewing into fashion garments. I find the whole process of weaving immensely satisfying and very, very calming.
New workshop dates:
Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX13 6NW; www.denman.org.uk; 01865-391991
Monday 1st July – Wednesday 3rd July: 2-night residential hand-weaving course: Learn to weave on a rigid heddle loom (supplied) and make a pretty scarf to take home with you. https://www.denman.org.uk/courses/course/?id=18
Monday 28th-Wednesday 30th October: 2-night residential hand-weaving course: Learn to weave on a rigid heddle loom (supplied) and make a pretty scarf to take home with you. https://www.denman.org.uk/courses/course/?id=18
Thursday 3rd October: Knitting Know-How Day School: In this Day School you will be able to learn some quick knitting tips and new techniques from me as a professional hand-knitting designer so your own hand-knitted garments and projects look better finished and presented. https://www.denman.org.uk/courses/craft-school/course/?id=288
Friday 4th October: Easy Colour Knitting Day School: Are you fascinated by colour knitting but fear to give it a go? Then this is the course for you: an introduction to simple slip stitch colour patterning for stunning colour effects using just one colour per row and only knit and purl stitches. https://www.denman.org.uk/courses/craft-school/course/?id=2509
Ring 01480-896866 or e-mail: [email protected]
‘Weave and waffle’ drop-in days: We’ve all heard about ‘knit and natter’ groups but ‘weave and waffle’ is an exciting and contemporary first!
Weaving’s becoming trendy again!
Have you always fancied having a go at weaving but don’t have a loom or perhaps you already have a loom but don’t know what to do with it? And would you like to come and try your hand at weaving on a rigid heddle loom in the company of other friendly, like-minded people with a little gentle tuition, lots of chat, tea and biscuits with some fabulous hand-knitting yarns on hand so you can explore this ancient craft tradition in a relaxed and fun environment.
My ‘Weave and Waffle’ drop-in days are held in my Cambridgeshire studio on the third Friday of every month between 2pm and 5pm, £5 per person but please let me know if you’re coming beforehand so I can ensure there’s a loom ready for you – or you can bring your own along if you have one and just join in the chat on the day. Click on the link below or drop me an e-mail: [email protected]