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Beginner hand weaving workshop - one-to-one instruction

Beginner Weaving Sampler

Duration: 6 hours

Price: £135

Book with: Paivi Suomi
at Paivatar Yarns

22 Ferry Drive
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ

Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

This beginner workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning to weave, but have never woven on a loom before.
It is an introductory 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.

I have 2 styles of table looms available – a Rigid heddle loom and an Ashford 4 shaft table loom. Each loom has its advantages and are designed for making different styles of cloth. You will have the opportunity to try both. Both looms are pre-warped so you don’t need to learn the complicated stuff just yet.

4 Shaft 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 woolly scarves or place mats using thicker yarns. With the use of pickup sticks or leno lace techniques more complex weave structures can be woven. 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 and is ready to go. A selection of hand spun and commercial weft yarns are available for you to weave with to create your own design.

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.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your 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.
A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking.
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.

Want to review this course?

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.

- - #13582

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.

- - #12919

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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