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Workshops & Courses 2018

All courses will be held at:-
Devon Weavers Workshop, 8 Coombe Park, Ashprington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7DY
10am to 4pm

For more information about any of the courses, please click here to contact us

Our courses run from 10am to 4pm, with tea and coffee provided free of charge. On weekdays a sandwich van visits the site. We can supply a list of recommended local hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation if required. Totnes mainline rail station and bus station are less than 10 minutes drive away from the Workshop and lifts for students from these and/or their chosen accommodation during our courses can be arranged.

 

(Please note – small additional charges for any yarns and printed materials, supplied as part of courses, may be applicable. These will be kept to a minimum and charged at cost. Costs will be notified to participants before the commencement of any course.)


17/18 Feb, 24/25 Feb, 3/4 March 2018

Jenny Rolfe

BEGINNERS COURSE

3 consecutive weekends; all equipment and yarns provided.

£195

Our beginners' courses are designed to give you practical, hands-on experience of hand loom weaving, including all the stages of setting up a loom. At the end of the course you will have woven a small sample and a scarf out of a beautiful wool and silk yarn. We cover a range of techniques and you will have the chance to talk to a number of weavers about their particular specialisms.


 

21 - 23 APRIL 2018

SUE HILEY HARRIS

SILK WEAVING WITH INLAY


Inlay gives an almost complete freedom of design as yarn is laid in by hand to create the design areas in a plain weave ground. A variety of inlay techniques, which make different patterns and intensities of colour, will be sampled before designing a scarf or hanging. Emphasis will be placed on techniques to perfect plain weave, good selvedges and crisp inlay. The course will begin by warping and threading the loom using warps prepared at home, and will include a demonstration of cloth finishing.

Sue Hiley Harris was born in Australia and studied fine art before her move to Britain. She became interested in hand spinning and weaving and studied for the Bradford Diploma in Handloom Weaving. In 1981 she moved to Wales, began to research silk fibres and to weave distinctive garments using spun silk yarn and plain weave with inlay and small areas of tapestry design detail in hand spun silk. In the late 1990s she began to create free-hanging and free-standing three-dimensional sculptures in materials including linen, hemp, wire and nylon monofilament. After receiving a Creative Wales Award from the Arts Council of Wales in 2013 her materials now include silver and she has returned to making wearable pieces alongside her sculpture. Throughout her career, her work has been concerned with space, line, interval and texture as well as with the properties of the materials used.

£265


 

21 - 23 JULY 2018

MARGO SELBY

BLOCK WEAVING


£265


 

8 - 10 SEPTEMBER 2018

ANNE DIXON

INKLE WEAVING COURSE


This 3 day comprehensive course will cover: Warping; How to read a warping draft; Good basic weaving technique; Designing warp colour patterns; Simple pick-up patterns; Designing & weaving own pick-up patterns; Lettering - weaving & designing; Slits; Knots including Rya; Adding beads using an auxiliary warp; Scribbling; Scrunching and gathering; Shibori technique; option to rewarp for Baltic-Style - 5, 7, or 9 pattern threads, and how to read the warping draft; create own pattern drafts; mixing different techniques.

Anne says: ‘I have been weaving and braiding for over 40 years and was a founder member of the Braid Society. Like many others I enjoyed ‘twiddling’ with yarns from an early age - something that our Neanderthal ancestors did as well! I have been so lucky to have discovered a craft that really motivates me. I have written two books: The Handweaver’s Pattern Book [published as The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory in the USA; & Tissage in France] and The Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory. I enjoy the cross-fertilisation between techniques and structures, often experimenting with transferring one technique to another construction method. When I am not weaving or braiding I am usually thinking about it and exploring new designs or adaptations of techniques.’

£210


29 September - 4 October 2018

Jenny Rolfe

BEGINNERS COURSE

6 consecutive days; all equipment and yarns provided.

£195

Our beginners' courses are designed to give you practical, hands-on experience of hand loom weaving, including all the stages of setting up a loom. At the end of the course you will have woven a small sample and a scarf out of a beautiful wool and silk yarn. We cover a range of techniques and you will have the chance to talk to a number of weavers about their particular specialisms.


 

 


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