About the Course
’Next steps in weaving with the rigid heddle loom.' Come and learn how versatile the rigid heddle loom can be with Dunja Roberts on our traditional hill farm in the Brecon Beacons National Park. On this Improvers workshop you will learn how to use a pick up stick to make surface patterns on your cloth and weave a lovely sampler in your chosen colour way all in one day.
Although the rigid heddle loom is a simple piece of equipment, it is possible to weave beautiful pieces with it.
If you would like to gain a qualification in hand weaving you might like to consider the Level 1 or Level 2 unit in Weaving with a Multi Shaft Loom.
Prepare a warp using the direct warping method
Warp the loom
Understand ‘floats’ and how they are used to make patterns
Weave your cloth
‘Finish’ your sampler
By the end of the day you will have proudly woven your very own sampler which you can keep for reference or hang on the wall as a piece of art.
We offer luxurious B&B accommodation in a double/twin room with private shower room and use of a sitting room with fantastic views across the Rhiangoll valley. Why not take a few days out to learn a new craft in the stunning setting of the Brecon Beacons!
I am a qualified tutor and assessor in the Lifelong Learning Sector and have many years experience running practical courses. I also undertake spinning and weaving commissions for clients who wish to have fleece from their flocks hand spun into yarn and woven into cloth. I am passionate about promoting our wonderful British sheep breeds for their fleece; when not weaving and spinning I assist on the farm and during the summer months show our Clun Forest sheep at the larger agricultural shows in Wales and the Midlands.
Bespoke workshops can be arranged at other times, please contact me to discuss your requirements or follow the link to my website.
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?
Use of a rigid heddle loom is included and all weaving materials are included. Full course notes are provided.
Morning and afternoon refreshments are included. Please bring a packed lunch or visit the local tea rooms for a meal.
Over the lunch break you will have the opportunity to browse my weaving library and work in progress and, depending on the time of year, meet our pedigree Lincoln Longwool, Clun Forest and Zwartbles sheep.
I stock Ashford and Louet equipment and have a selection of looms, spinning wheels and associated items in stock and available on priority order. So if you have caught the weaving 'bug' you can go home with your very own loom if you wish!
Booking via telephone or through my website. Maximum number per workshop: 6.
It was great to be back for another day of learning with Dunja at her studio. It’s such a great atmosphere to learn in and Dunja explains things really well. It was great to understand the basics of using a pickup stick and be led through the various patterns that can be made. I’m really pleased with the sampler I made and it is already making me think about my next project using pick up sticks. I have come away from the day with renewed confidence in my weaving.
Toby James Crutchley - - #18553
Great workshop. Enjoyed further guidance about the right way to warp the loom. And then getting started and learning how the pickup stick(s) creates a pattern on the surface of the weave. Worked through a variety of patterns and created a nice sampler which might end up as an unusual style scarf, but will definitely always be a great memory aid for the different pickup stick patterns.
Loved being back at All in a Spin. A wonderful venue for learning this fascinating skill. Dunja (the tutor) is an excellent guide and really makes the students feel welcome. Plus she’s great at building confidence. An all round great day and an excellent early Christmas gift.
Andrea Rimmington - - #18533
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