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Rigid Heddle Weaving

You will explore your loom to develop an understanding of colour, texture, shape and line in fabric. Simple design exercises will support your developing knowledge, as well as generate ideas for your craft. You will make functional item and an art piece. These will develop from the design exercises and your samples.

Term 1 – You will produce a sample using a plain cream cotton warp – we will learn how to weave and apply pattern to cloth using coloured and textural wefts.

We will ‘finish’ the cloths correctly. You will go on to design and make a scarf based upon the ideas explored.

Term 2 – You will use colours in the warp and weft and explore the patterns they create. We will use photographs of sunsets to inspire a hanging.

Term 3 – Pushing technique further, we will explore patterning through finger manipulation and the use of pick up sticks. You will design a simple functional item to make.

You will need your own rigid heddle loom and warping equipment. If you do not have a loom, then please inquire for advice if you need it.

The first term will be an introductory course introducing the basics, followed by the foundation course. You will be able to claim a certificate at this stage, if you wish, for £30.00








 
Rigid Heddle Weaving
Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry is a woven picture. The warp is covered by the weft, which creates a picture. Your loom or frame holds the warp under tension whilst you weave in sections to build up areas. You will learn techniques for building up your tapestry alongside design theory. You will create ideas on paper and learn to interpret them in you craft. From your designs and samples you will make a picture and a small functional item.

Term 1: You will learn to warp your loom/frame and set up for tapestry, including string heddles. You will work a sampler looking at basic edge to edge and non edge to edge techniques. We will introduce basic patterning in terms of colour, line and shape. You will design and weave a small picture using these.

Term 2: You will explore colour and shape developing tapestry techniques. You will use Sunsets as your inspiration to design and weave a small picture.

Term 3: We will look at the use of woven structures and different materials to create lines and texture. You will design and make a functional item.

You will need a small, transportable tapestry frame or loom. You can do this on a strong, rigid heddle loom. If you are not sure what to get then please inquire for advice if you need it.

The first term will be an introductory course introducing the basics, followed by the Foundation course. You will be able to claim a certificate at this stage, if you wish, for £30.00.





 
Tapestry Weaving
Woven Structures

This is a non-accredited course for students who are competent weavers on a rigid heddle or shaft loom. You will either use two rigid heddles or 4 shafts to generate a number of woven structures. We will work through a number of samples to introduce the structures and explore these in a range of threads. These samples will become your reference library. You will also build up a resource of textured pictures and explorations that will be your guide for resolved samples and pieces that combine structures and use a range of materials in a considered manner.
 
Woven Structures
 
 
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