This course is suitable for beginners, as well as those with previous weaving experience.

Beginners: On this course you will learn to weave on a four-shaft table loom. You will sample a variety of weave structures, experimenting with different colour combinations, yarn qualities and surface textures, for a range of functions such as rugs, scarves, table runners, trimmings and so on. Looms will be threaded up ready for beginners, and you will also see how to set up a loom from scratch. By the end of the course you will have a comprehensive set of samples and notes, and masses of information to take away and help you continue with your new found craft.

Weavers with previous experience: You are encouraged to discuss your ideas with the tutor in advance so that the course can be tailored to meet your requirements. This could take the form of sampling a new weave structure, developing a new design idea, etc. The course will provide a lively and positive tutorial environment in which new ideas can be explored and developed.

4 shaft weaving

If you have your own loom, please contact Anna on 01223 327685 (daytime), to plan a warp in advance of the course.

This course is designed to provide beginners and new weavers with the technical experience they need to set up and weave on a loom, and explore weaving techniques. Looms are set up in advance ready to weave. However, if you have a particular idea of a colour scheme, or texture idea, or end product in mind, or you have your own yarns you would like to use, then please contact the tutor in advance of the course and together we will be able to plan your warp so that you can work on your own particular project.

Please bring:

  • SHARP scissors
  • Notebook and pen
  • Camera (if you would like to document processes this way)

Materials and equipment will be available on the course, but you are welcome to bring other things you would like to include in the weaving, e.g: your own yarns, if you have them, recycled yarns such as fabrics you can cut up into strips, or old bits of weaving or knitting you can unravel and re-use.

The tutor will supply yarns, which can be bought at cost. The cost of materials will vary according to what you weave, and as a guide, you should expect to spend around £10-20.

If you have an idea of something you want to work on you are encouraged to talk to Anna in advance (a.crutchley@ntlworld or on 01223 327685) – by mid-June if possible, so that she can design some warps to suit.

Cottenham Village College
High Street
Cambridge · CB24 8UA

Dates and time:
5 day course: Monday 25th – Friday 29th July 2016
10am – 4pm

Cost: £250 (including lunch and refreshment

Tutor: Anna Crutchley

More information: Cottenham Village College