Warp Weighted Loom weaving
November 2 - 3
This weekend workshop will take
you through the whole process of creating linen cloth using materials
gathered from the natural landscape. On the first day you will thread
up a prehistoric home made loom, calculating yarn measurements for a
required garment, measuring out your own section of linen warp threads
and securing them with weights onto the loom. You will then help put
leashes onto a bar to lift alternate threads and begin to weave using
a flat shuttle. As the cloth grows you will also get the chance to
learn how to spin yarn - both wool and linen - on a drop spindle.
On the second day you will cover
the preparation of fibres - sorting, teasing , carding of fleece and
the growing and processing of the flax plant. If our own patch of flax
is successful you will be able to see it in situ. We will explore
possible prehistoric methods of breaking, scutching and
hackling. At the end of the day you will be able to take away a piece
of woven cloth and the knowledge and skill to build your own
Teaching times; 10am Saturday - 4pm Sunday.
(Do arrive early on Saturday for coffee)
Course fee £120
includes lunches and materials.
TUTOR Shirley Elwell has taught natural dyeing,
spinning and weaving at Worcestershire Agricultural college and the
Glasshouse College, Stourbridge. She has exhibited her work at the
Bleddfa centre, Powys.
Accommodation and camping are available on