Design for Weave online workshop – Laura Thomas

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Design for Weave online workshop – Laura Thomas

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 fresh approach to generating unique ideas. The suggested design exercises are the very same approaches Laura takes to her design work. They are inspiring, lots of fun and can be easily done by all with straightforward art materials. You will finish this workshop feeling inspired, enthused and informed, and with lots design possibilities ready to be translated into weave designs to take to the loom.



  • What is the Design Process?
  • Concept and brief
  • An introduction to creating both 2D and still-life mood-boards
  • Colour
  • Texture
  • Pattern and composition
  • A bonus chapter giving some examples of how a design might be developed into a woven structure. Downloadable .wif files that can be opened in most weave software are also included.
  • Evaluation


All workshop films and pdfs are downloadable, and will be fully accessible through Laura’s online teaching platform on Thinkific.

‘Design for Weave’ will be delivered as an online workshop, including four half days with Laura when she will be available on Zoom for discussion, questions and feedback for Devon Weavers Workshop. These half-days will be weekly starting on Sunday 7 March 2021. There will also be a private Facebook group for posting images and questions both on the days of the workshop, and in between sessions.

Cost: Full members – £165; Associate members – £175; Non-members – £185

Dates and times: 10am to 1pm

on Sundays 7,14, 21 and Saturday 27 March 2021. Access to the online material will be available before the first session.

To register, or make enquiries, please contact Jill Davies via the website.

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