Weaving braids and bands is a northern European tradition, and it's something that links into many other traditions around the world. Once the basics are understood, you can go on to weave with different colours, patterns and yarns and it's a great skill!
At the end of this class you will be able to weave your own braid, using simple and portable equipment.
This form of weaving needs no loom but instead, we will use a heddle and a shuttle. One end of the weaving is tied to the weaver and the other end of the weaving can be tied to something like a post or a tree.
On this one day workshop you will learn:
• How to weave braids/bands using simple equipment (heddle and shuttle)
• How to start and finish your braids
• How to thread a loom/heddle
• How to read and design a pattern
The day will be structured so that everyone learns steadily and together. No previous experience is needed but you will weave straight away with ready threaded heddles, to make and complete a simple length of braid. We'll use different patterns and colours so that we can learn from each other's weaving as we go along. We'll consider different ways to finish off the ends of our braids and will learn how to read a pattern. We'll discuss different yarns, what works and why, and Helen will demonstrate how to thread up a new heddle ready for weaving.
Our workshops have been developed to provide a quiet day of creativity and gentle tuition and we hope the feeling of going home with a desire to learn more.
• Friendly, comfortable and well lit environment
• All tools, yarns etc needed to complete your projects
• Generous table space
• Clear information and demonstrations
• Project example pieces for inspiration
The course focus is always on fun and friendly creativity with lots of personal tuition from a skilled craftswoman and an engaging tutor.
WHAT TO BRING: Notepad and pencil - a belt - reading glasses (if you need them)
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The course cost includes yarns, use of tools and refreshments throughout the day. Heddles, shuttles, and hand-made shuttles will be available for purchase at the end of the course if you would like to carry on weaving after the class (and why wouldn't you - it's great!)
Hot and cold refreshments will be provided throughout the day but we would suggest you to bring your own lunch to the workshop. Alternatively the shop is situated next to the wonderful Mulberry Tree Cafe where you can purchase delicious food at reasonable prices.