2021 Courses

Tutor: Laura Thomas   (7 March - 27 March 2021)   Building upon nearly 20 years’ experience as a professional weaver and lecturer, working at the highest level in the craft, design, art and education arenas, Laura has distilled this breadth of expertise into an exciting new self-directed online course, ‘Design for Weave’. The course is designed for those with existing weave knowledge but want to build their design understanding and confidence. Laura has broken down the key ingredients of great weave design into accessible chapters covering all the design fundamentals. Richly visual and written in straightforward language, you will feel inspired and energised as you watch short films on the subjects of mood-boards, colour, texture and pattern.  This is underpinned by being introduced to The Design Process for Weavers, writing a personal brief and how to evaluate a project. There is also a bonus chapter which takes you through some examples of how to approach translating design ideas into weave structures. Mindful that many feel intimidated by the very question of how to design, each topic is discussed with clarity with the aim to be accessible as possible. You will be encouraged to think in an expansive, open-minded way to enable you to have a...

  Tutor: Jason Collingwood RUG WEAVING: 3-end Blockweave Tuesday 12 to Thursday 14 October 2021 An exploration of three-end block weaves, the same structure Jason uses to weave all his rugs. Starting with simple two-colour designs and moving on to designing within the blocks and the introduction of a third colour. Techniques such as clasped wefts and dovetailing will be looked at to further increase the design scope of this structure. 2 / 1 double faced twill will also be covered in this class. Special emphasis will be placed on Shaft Switching, everyone being able to adapt their looms in class to try out this exciting technique. Having initially learnt the craft at 18 years of age from his father, Jason returned to it in his mid-20s to set up his own workshop. 35 years, and thousands of rugs later, 2020 was the year Jason decided to ‘hang up his shuttle’ and take a step back from weaving. So, these 2 classes will quite possibly be the last ever he teaches, as there are no plans to continue actively pursuing the teaching side of things. Fees: £245 - Full member;  £270 - Associate member;  £300 - Non-member   RUG WEAVING: 2/2 Twill Course Saturday 16 to Monday 18 October 2021 The course will include...