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Beginner hand weaving workshop - one-to-one instruction

Beginner Weaving Sampler

About the Course

This beginner weaving workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning to weave, but have never woven on a loom before. It is an introductory weaving course that will give you a chance to learn to weave on a few different styles of table looms. Before you delve into the more complex issues of how to warp the loom, how to calculate how much yarn you need, how to design or choose a pattern, I think it is best to try to weave something to see if you like the process of weaving and creating cloth, before you purchase a loom.

Please note:
Since I recently had cancer and my immune system is compromised, I am suspending workshops until the current Corona Virus outbreak has settled. If you have contacted me regarding workshops, I will keep you informed of when I will be offering workshops again. Your understanding in this is appreciated.

4 Shaft Table Loom
The beginner weaving workshop will be taught on a pre-threaded 4 shaft Ashford table loom.
The Ashford Table Loom has been pre-warped with multi-coloured cotton yarns and has been threaded to a variation of twill pattern designs. Using the table loom you will be able to weave a small tea towel and experiment with the use of colour and pattern in the project.

Rigid Heddle Loom

The rigid heddle loom is a 2 shaft loom that is suitable for weaving simple cloth such as wooly scarves or placemats using thicker yarns. You can also do free-form weaving with thick multi-coloured yarns creating a tapestry style of weave.
The Ashford rigid heddle loom has been pre-warped with rug yarn warp that is suitable for free-form tapesty weaving.
A selection of hand spun and commercial weft yarns are available for you to weave with to create your own table mat or free-form design.

Beginner Loom Weaving Workshop
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm

The course fee covers instruction and all materials.
Course Fee: £125
Materials: £10
Total: £135.00

Students: £100.00

Please Note:
Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer several months ago, I have had to reduce the number of workshops that I can provide per month. I am doing better healthwise now, but have to be careful not to take on too much at once.
I have a waiting list of those who have enquired about workshops. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.
I usually schedule workshops for Mondays or Tuesdays. If you are only available on the weekend, please let me know and I will try to arrange a suitable time for you.
Please provide a contact phone number and email address so that I can contact you to discuss details of the workshop.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The course fee covers instruction and all materials.
Course Fee: £125.00
Materials: £10.00
Total Cost: £135.00
Concessionary rate for students: £100.00

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I prefer to teach one-to-one workshops only so that I can provide individual instruction.


Paivi Suomi at Paivatar Yarns
22 Ferry Drive
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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In-person course
- - #13582

A most informative day, with a surprising range of information covered. I was able to ask Paivi a stream of questions, which really added to my understanding. We spent about half the time warping a table loom, ironing out mistakes which it is easy to make, which will stand me in good stead in practice, and the remaining half trying out different patterns (which I had expected to be really difficult for a beginner like me). All in all, it made me feel not such a total beginner but that "this is possible for me to get started and do." Thank you Paivi.

In-person course
- - #12919

I spent the day with Paivi whilst she patiently showed me how to set up my new loom to use. She showed me how to set up the warp threads and encouraged me to get started. I was able to work on a piece to completion and came home with a finished article! Paivi also gave me lots of advice and suggestions. I started with no real idea of how to get started and left feeling much more confident and with lots of ideas and a finished piece.
Thank you Paivi for a great day.

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