You will learn how to make a warp and set up a rigid heddle backstrap loom, which can be used to weave narrow strips of cloth suitable for a variety of items, including bracelets, bags, table mats and wall-hangings. As you experiment with various techniques and materials, including different colour combinations and yarns of different thickness and stiffness, you will also discover how the qualities of cloth can be altered by wet finishing. There will also be the opportunity to examine examples of back-strap weaving and textiles from Ann and Deirdre’s collections, including traditional pieces that have been assembled from narrow strips of fabric. This course is particularly suitable for beginners, as it gives a basic introduction to weaving, without any of the complex equipment that is normally needed. It will also be suitable if you have attended related courses on simple weaving and you wish to further develop your skills, including the use of two rigid heddles for more complex weave structures. In addition, it may appeal to those who already have some experience of weaving on conventional looms, but would like to experience the simplicity and portability of the rigid heddle backstrap loom. Please note weaving is a physical, but rewarding process and this method involves fixing a loom around your back to weave. More Information.
Priority will be given to Guild members until 2 months before, when they will be opened to anyone interested. Non-members can express an interest at any time and will be contacted when public booking opens. Bookings can be made by emailing Mandy + Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Full payment is required to secure a place.
Location The Carmelita Centre, 41 Vauxhall Walk, London, SE11 5JT