Have I mentioned that I am offering some new classes for beginner weavers next term? I wanted to provide something for the students who came to the taster days and liked what they tasted, so that is the next teaching venture.

Much thought has been given to the format — and many people pestered for their opinions — and I finally settled on a weekly class rather than an intensive ‘block’. There are two main reasons for going down this road. One is that there are a few weavers already offering two- and three-day (and some longer) courses. None of them are in Dundee, but it’s a small world and I would rather look for a different niche. The other is that I am really keen to give students as much freedom as possible in choosing a first project. In a short, intensive course they would be constrained by the yarns I have on hand and I can only offer so much variety. Over a longer period the student can design and plan their project and we can identify yarns to suit.

So, in order to give them a taste of possible options, my plan is to spend the first few sessions weaving round robin-style with each loom warped in a different fibre/threading combination. Which means I need to put my shuttle where my mouth is and weave some different combinations myself! I’ve started with 2/11Nm lambswool and a 4-shaft point threading. I’ve not used this yarn before so I am guessing as to sett: I originally guessed 20 epi and wound the warp accordingly, but it’s currently 2/2/1 in a 10-dent reed and rather wider than I intended. A good time to find that out! And it seems to be weaving pretty much to square.

4 shaft wool sample

Photo was taken on my phone — and I had to take it from the far side to pick up the colour, hence the upside-down look.

I’m really relieved to be sitting at the loom again after all the to-ing and fro-ing of the last few weeks. There are still a few excitements to come, but (I hope) at a more manageable rate. I have much to report on and hope to get back into a more regular blogging routine too. Famous last words.

preparations” was posted by Cally on 29 Aug 2013 at

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3 Responses

  1. Laurie
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    Sounds like a great idea. I’m jealous of your students, though I had a great 4-day intensive for my introduction to weaving on a floor loom at the Newark Museum of Art. The “geniuses” in charge recently shut down the entire arts workshop after decades of offering wonderful programs of all types of arts and crafts. I’m sad to think how many opportunities for learning will now be lost. Good for you for sharing your knowledge. Enjoy!

    • Cally
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      Oh dear, what dreadful news about the Museum. We used to live in Newark and (even though it was quite a few years ago now) I still tell people about the great arts programme at the Museum – in fact I was doing so just this week! I’ll have to change my story, what a shame. I do hope that’s not the last chapter.

  2. neki rivera
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    Oh dear 2!!! i took some workshops at the newark museum as well. what’s happening all over is offensive. and i’m being kind.

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