Welcoming a New Loom

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been ‘breaking in’ my new loom. 

So far, it’s been quite a slow progress with plenty of ‘scratching of head’ moments. 

My father- in-law kindly helped me put it together on a hot sunny day. 


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 I worked on linking it to my laptop, then set up some warp threads and finally got to weave a little cloth. 

There have been plenty of teething problems along the way but it is a very lovely loom and I feel like we will become very good friends. 

P.S. For anyone interested in looms; this is a narrow width 24 shaft compu-dobby made by AVL.  The computer bit assists me with longer, complex weave sequences, but everything else about it still involves hand weaving. 

Process

The Wednesday Weaver students are flying along. So far, they have been weaving samples that explore different weave structures, techniques, yarns and colours.



Today they will be making a ‘mood board’ of their own favourite images and objects. This will be the inspiratinal starting point for a scarf or other handwoven item. 

I love teaching this process and seeing each beautiful response.



Wednesday Weavers

Introducing the ‘Wednesday Weavers’ – a new beginners course for anyone interested in learning to weave.

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The course is split into two parts as follows:

The first two/three sessions are spent learning to weave on looms that are already set up so you will be weaving fabric samples from the first week.

Then for the remainder of the course, you will work on a personal project; learning to plan and design, choose suitable yarns, set up a loom and weave an item such as a scarf, table mat, wall hanging or a small fabric length suitable for later sewing into a bag, purse, cushion.

During the course you will practice using visual inspiration to guide design choices, become familiar with a loom and other studio equipment, set up a loom from start to finish, learn to weave basic fabric structures using various yarns and fibres, create fabric samples and finally weave a personal project.

Each class will run at Founders Park, Nelson from 10am -12noon, every Wednesday, for eight weeks starting on the 11th February and finishing on the 1st April 2015.  The course price for Term 1 is $195 and all materials are included.

If you are interested, please book your place through the Chalkle website or email me directly.

 

Little Shop for Mini & Tiny Circle Weaving Kits

Twill textile Design now has a little online shop on Etsy.

So, from today, it’s possible to purchase the Circle Weaving Kits.

There are two sizes available and the kits come with everything you need to get started (apart from scissors)

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You can also find instructional videos here.

Hope you’re having a lovely week.