Beginner Handweaving Workshop - 1 to 1 Instruction

Duration: 6 hours

Price: £80

Run by: Paivi Suomi
at Paivatar Yarns


22 Ferry Drive
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ

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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 wooly scarves or placemats 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.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. 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 1 person £80.00
Course Fee 2 persons £140.00
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.
A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking.
All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small 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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