The Weaver

picture of Cally

My name is Cally Booker and I am a handweaver, textile designer, writer and teacher. Weaving is a craft which can be meticulously planned or improvised at the loom, and a combination of these approaches appeals to the different parts of my nature.

In both my exhibition pieces and my micro collections of accessories and homewares, I make extensive use of multi-layered warps. The interplay of different layers of colour gives my work its distinctive appeal.

Much of my inspiration comes from the cityscape of Dundee, from the grandeur of its waterfront setting to the small details of quirky buildings and everyday living.

A recent development in my work has been to draw on my interest in social and environmental data, and data about Scotland in particular. These data describe patterns which underlie our daily experience but are often difficult to see. Incorporated into weave, the finished work offers an alternative geography that, like the statistical data it draws from, is abstracted beyond recognition.

I am passionate about making things by hand and share my love of weaving through The Weaving Space, a programme of workshops based in my colour-filled studio.

Since completing an HNC in Handwoven Textile Design at Bradford School of Arts and Media in 2007 I have kept a blog of my weaving life: you can read the latest entries here.

I am a contributor to the weaving blog on and have written articles for the Complex Weavers Journal, WeaveZine and WeaveCast. From 2008 to 2013 I served on the Editorial Committee of the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, including time as Weaving Features Editor in 2009-11 and as Chair in 2011-12. I am the immediate past president of Complex Weavers.