About the Course
Learn how to weave using a wooden frame lap loom. Students will learn how to make their own fabric, warp their own loom, finish and create their own woven wall-hanging or decorative fabric. The project will have a focus on texture, pattern and colour where all materials will be included.
Meet the Tutor
Alice Hume is a Textile Artist who graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in Textile Design: Woven Textiles. She also had the opportunity to study Woven Design at the Swedish School of Textiles in Boras, Sweden in 2012. Her Native Beards Woven Collection has been exhibited in Edinburgh and London as well as being featured in Cover Mag and an Ebook with TextileArtist.
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?
Materials include: Home-made Hume loom, tools and a variety of yarns.
Feel free to bring along strips of fabrics, beads or anything you want to experiment with. Looms are for course use only, but will be available to purchase at the end of the workshop.
Had a wonderful day with Alice who taught us all the basics but also showed us lots of techniques to stimulate creativity and style. I’ve come home with a lovely weave which I plan to make into a cushion cover. I would very much like to do the follow on workshop soon.
Patsy Deery - - #25246
Had a lovely and relaxing day with Alice, learning how to weave.
It was very enjoyable and appreciated Alice's guidance and kind patience. I also really enjoyed learning about the weaving traditions in Japan, Korea and Europe - absolutely fascinating. Many thanks Alice.
Alison Milford - - #25087
Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this workshop. There were only 4 of us which meant good individual attention and no waiting around for assistance. Alice is a very patient teacher and I learnt plenty. The location is fab. An all round great experience.
Denise Elliott - - #24478
I really enjoyed this workshop that I received as a birthday gift. The studio space is great and the numbers on the workshop worked well. Alice is lovely and very talented, good at passing on her skills and gave us all the time and support we needed. I was so pleased to be able to walk away with a weave that I'd made on the day, on my first attempt at weaving too. Really would recommend this workshop.
Claire - - #24077
I had a great time on the introduction to loom weaving course. With Alice’s help I was able to pick up the basics quickly and managed to complete a wall hanging to take home with me at the end of the day. If you are interested in learning to loom weave I would highly recommend this course!
Jenny - - #23988
I had a great introduction to weaving last Saturday when I attended Alice's course - she explained everything very clearly and patiently - we were all complete beginners. It is a fantastic way to learn the basics and given me the confidence to have a go at home - which I am now doing. So thank you Alice for inspiring me and I look forward to future courses to learn more. Alice's studio is in the middle of Old Portsmouth which I had never visited before and I really enjoyed exploring as well.
Ann Christie - - #23964
In short, I couldn't recommend this course enough for anyone wanting to have an introduction to weaving.
Alice was lovely and explained everything in a way that was very easy to understand and follow. It was really nice having a whole day as it meant we could actually make a piece from start to finish, including learning how to set up the loom. And the venue was great; easy parking in Gunwharf Keys, a great working space and a lovely cafe nearby for lunch.
I'm not a naturally creative person but I really enjoyed how methodical the process was, and yet it almost brought out some creativity in me as I chose different colours and tried out the different weaving techniques. I can definitely see myself continuing with it, and unlike other courses actually feel like I learnt the craft well enough that I'll remember the basics for next time.
I would recommend Alice and the introduction to weaving for anyone interested in the craft or just wanting a relaxing day with friends where you try a new activity.
Vanessa Sparkes - - #22968
Alice is a brilliant and patient teacher. I attended a one day beginners course. During the day I learnt a breadth of skills. The course gave me the confidence and skills to continue practicing weaving at home. The location is beautiful and you are able to see other artists studios and get a decent coffee. It was a really relaxing and productive day. If you are looking to treat yourself or someone else, this is perfect.
Jo Tester - - #22318
I had a great day at Alice's Hotwalls studio on the weaving course in February. We were a small class of 4 where Alice gave us lots of 1-1 help to think of ideas for the wall hanging and was always there if you got stuck. I was so inspired that I have just attended the Advanced day. Again Alice was so attentive to make sure we mastered the new techniques and got what we wanted from the day. Such an enjoyable time. Looking forward to my next project and taking advantage of one of Alice's 1 hour evening sessions to keep inspired and get ideas. Thanks Alice!
Sue Bishop - - #21260
I had a great day leaving how to weave and thank you Alice Hume for all your help and expert tuition. Looking forward to trying out the other workshops you have on offer.
Would totally recommend this workshop to others
Shirley Begg - - #20820
I'm really glad I chose this workshop over others that were closer to me. Set on the seafront in a great little studio, I really enjoyed the experience and process of handlooming. Alice was a great teacher and throughout gave us creative suggestions towards our handloom. I definitely recommend it and hope to be back for future workshops!
Ting - - #20784
I had such a wonderful day with Alice learning a new craft! Alice is so encouraging and inspiring. And what a fantastic place to work at Hotwalls. I will definitely be back for more. Thank you Alice
JAN - - #20110
I thoroughly enjoyed the day! As someone who has never done anything creative or artistic, I came home with a finished wall hanging which I am very proud of. Alice is a great teacher and the environment is lovely and peaceful. I can't wait to attend more workshops with Alice!
Amy - - #20003
Another inspiring and enjoyable day.
Feel confident enough now to try working at home on experimental pieces.
Thank you Alice for your patience, clear teaching and for creating a lovely atmosphere.
Looking forward to an advanced course later in the year.
Sue Harrison - - #19991
I purchased the workshop as a present for my 2 daughters and myself. We had a great day. The workspace was cosy and the group is small so you get plenty of tuition. Alice is lovely and a great teacher. We have learnt how to,produce a weaving from start to finish so we can now practice at home. We are planning for more workshops to progress further and produce more advanced weavings
Claire Storey - - #19171
Absolutely loved the hand weaving course with Alice! I learnt so much and it was what I had hoped for, for my first try at hand weaving. I came home very happy and energised with a new wall-hanging for my home. I also bought one of Alice’s hand-made looms so I can continue to create at home. Alice is patient, meticulous, a good teacher, and kind. I had a really fun time weaving with a small group of lovely ladies in the cosy Hotwalls Studio!
Lucy Ghaly - - #18762
My daughter and i really enjoyed this course. Learnt how to do it properly. I highly recomend.
Michelle - - #18674
This course is great for anyone who wants a solid introduction to frame loom weaving. Alice is a patient teacher and guided us through the basic techniques. I felt the day really opened up a whole host of possibilities with weaving. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The studios were warm and with the small class size you really were able to learn quickly and get assistance from Alice at each step. I would highly recommend this course. I am planning on returning for the advanced class in the new year.
Rachel - - #18392
As a complete beginner I really didn’t think I would end the day with proper craft! Absolutely thrilled with my new found skill. Alice has great patience! The studio is so cosy and nice.
Loved the experience:)
Pardis Arvinrad - - #17744
Alice is very relaxed and encouraging. Her class size is small for totally personal attention. Very nice atmosphere , and easy to learn good things so we were all keen to return to improve our weaving. I definitely encourage people to bring buttons/ ribbons etc to weave in as Alice showed us so many possibilities!
Elizabeth Bradley - - #17707
Great time had today. My first attempt and very pleased with the outcome. Alice is very approachable and the studio is ideal. Plenty of tea, coffee & biscuits. Food at The Canteen very good as well. In all an excellent day. Thanks Alice. Eileen x
Eileen Ward - - #17462
Lovely day yesterday, in ideal place the Hotwalls in Old Portsmouth. Never done loom weaving before, although seen different methods in other counties. Alice was a great teacher and very patient, also supplying tea, coffee & biscuits to keep us going. Liked the idea of small class with 4 of us. Once I started I couldn’t stop.
Karen Fraser - - #16146
Such a lovely way to spend my Saturday! Alice was a great teacher and showed us some really helpful skills. Great introduction to weaving and a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended!
Victoria Lowe - - #15944
What a lovely way to spend a day. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The whole session was relaxed, yet purposeful and Alice calmly and expertly helped me to learn some basic weaving skills. I will definitely be back for more.
Diane Lawry - - #15890
Alice ran an excellent workshop and I would love to do more one day. It's a calm way to spend a day - learning a new skill in a relaxed environment and a beautiful heritage setting close to Southsea waterfront.
Kathy - - #15683
Brilliant workshop, a must to do. Alice is a great teacher and very helpful. Looking forward to the new weave and natter group Alice is starting
Ingrid - - #15681
Lovely premises and delightful small group. Having never tried weaving the outcome was surprisingly good which I’ll atrinute to Alice’s teachings. She was patient, helpful and insightful. Enjoyed so much that I have completed a few more since. Would also recommend buying the loom from Alice too it’s a sturdy piece and a manageable size.
KATIE HOUSE - - #15059
We had great fun with Alice and are really proud of our little woven designs!
Adriana - - #14893
I had a great time on my very first weaving course with Alice at her studio. The group was small, and Alice gave plenty of attention to all participants. She explained the weaving processes clearly and was always on hand to sort out any problems we had. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and went home with a nice little piece of woven material. I cannot recommend Alice's course highly enough!
Vera Peiffer - - #14671
This is a fantastic workshop! Alice is a patient and knowledgable teacher, and having 4 people per workshop works very well- everyone is able to have some one to one time (and there were a lot of laughs to be had!). The studio is beautiful and easy to find, very warm and lots of light, and full of creative pieces from Alice. I will definitely be signing up for another workshop. 5*
Hazel - - #14651
Alice is a very creative little being. She provided a welcoming and warm environment, spent equal time with each of us and provided encouragement throughout the day. As someone who hasn’t attended a workshop on their own before I personally found it an achievement that was made so much easier by her kindness and positivity. I can’t wait to learn Macrame with her next week! (Yes I booked two courses) - she’s just that good!
Torie - - #14194
Really enjoyed this course, had such a lovely day, the class size was perfect and meant everyone could have as much help and attention as they needed. Alice is a great teacher and her relaxed style of teaching created a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. There is plenty of time to actually complete the weave and I feel like I learned enough to be able to do this at home too.
Hannah Barrington - - #13848
Very enjoyable and relaxing day. Experimented with many different ideas, made lots of mistakes but was able to understand and correct. A Good introduction to weaving.
Eileen W - - #13847
I really enjoyed the course, it was great fun to learn how to make my own wall hanging. Alice was very patient and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this course!
ACF - - #13836
Had wonderful time learning how to weave with Alice in her very inspiring studio. Alice is patient, engaging and is a skilled weaver as well as an enjoyable person to spend time with. I really enjoyed the class and it has motivated me to carry on to apply what I learned to future weaving projects. Great Experience. Would recommend to others!
JOANNE h - - #13815
An enjoyable way to learn weaving. Class sizes are small, so Alice can give a lot of attention to each student.
Susanne - - #13394
Had a really good productive time last Saturday and will book on one of your macrame workshops in the summer when I have practised and mastered all the loom techniques you showed us on my lovely loom I bought from you.
Liz Morgon - - #13377
I had a really good day with Alice. She was really helpful and motivated. I was very impressed about how much we learn in a very short time.
Esther - - #13343
What a wonderful time I had when I spent the day with Alice learning how to weave. Alice was an excellent Tutor, always giving us clear and concise instructions. When ever anyone needed some extra help ,she had already anticipated that her support was needed,which was very reassuring. The whole day was a really positive experience.The studio was comfortable and in a delightful location which was a real bonus
Monica Drayson - - #13306
Fabulous way to spend a Saturday, a thoroughly enjoyable day course with expert and patient tuition by Alice. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in weaving. I am hooked and cannot wait to start a home project. Thank you again Alice for a super day.
Chistina - - #12449
Alice is lovely and the hot walls a fantastic environment to spend a day crafting and making with like minded people. On the day we completed a project from setting up the loom at the beginning of the day to finishing off our weave with tassels before we headed home. I would highly recommend the workshop.
Kelly - - #12139
What a lovely way to spend a day. In no time at all we were making our weaves and experimenting with different wool, textures and techniques. Alice is a great teacher and so talented. Working in her studio was really inspiring as we got to be surrounded by her amazing work. The location at the Hot Walls was also great- creating a perfect opportunity to scour the beach for driftwood afterwards!! I bought a loom from Alice to experiment at home and I'm addicted. Thanks so much- see you soon!!!
Laura Butler - - #11896
I had a lovely day meeting Alice and learning to weave. Studios at hotwalls are great and the beach views near by were so nice !! Will definitely be returning soon.
Samantha Halstead - - #11845
I went on Alice's workshop last weekend in Gunwarfe Quay. I really really enjoyed the day. I actually managed to use 3 colours which I haven't done before. I would love to do another day in Alice's own studio. I would recommend this relaxing but informative workshop to anyone interested in textiles.
SUe Brewer - - #11602
I really enjoyed my first try at weaving on a frame loom with Alice. All equipment was supplied including materials.
Alice's instructions were clear and she gave individual tuition when required. She has inspired me to do more and I will attend another workshop.
It was a wonderful day.
Cherryl Martin - - #11530
Very enjoyable and relaxed course with Alice. Started as a complete beginner. Learnt a lot. Pleased with the piece I made in the class and bought the lap loom to make more at home. Thanks Alice.
Eva Akhurst - - #11483
Had a great workshop at the Aspex Gallery with Alice Hume, teaching Frame Loom weaving, yesterday.
Eva Fraser-Harris - - #11478
The venue was comfortable and welcoming. Plenty of tea and coffee and biscuits and a very good canteen a few doors away. Alice was a 100% available during the day. She took us through how to prepare the small looms for weaving, attaching various threads, weaving, finishing off and how to make a tassell finish. There was a good variety of wools, fabric, ribbons. Her own work on the walls gave inspiration. She was patient and offered ideas with colours and texture and wools. I did not finish my work and bought the loom it was on to finish at home. I felt the loom was a bit expensive given I was attending a workshop...maybe a small discount? A few written notes and photo of loom, how to start would have helped as I tend to forget things (am a senior🙁) and am a visual learner .Also maybe Alice could have a few simple booklets/books to sell. Overall it was an excellent day and I would recommend the workshop to anyone either just to try out or to start on the weaving journey. I am hooked😊 ! thank-you Alice.
Susie D. - - #11071
Enjoyed a lovely day in Alice's studio learning how to weave, properly! Dabbling at home is all very well, but learning how to do it properly is so much better. Classes are small so you have all of Alice's attention and get to take home a finished piece of work.
Greta Friggens - - #10633
I have never done weaving before and this was a great course. Alice is a really good teacher and it was an inspiring place to learn, especially when you see the beautiful pieces she creates. I would recommend Alice and I'm now hooked so thank you!
Helena Symes - - #10613
I had a lovely day learning to weave at Alice's unique studio in Old Portsmouth. It was so interesting and therapeutic to learn something new, and to be taught by someone with extensive knowledge and experience of the craft. It was great to be able to buy some equipment at the end too - a beautiful, handcrafted loom and a variety of shuttles. Thoroughly recommend.
Emma - - #9911
I had a great day at Alice's weave workshop. The space itself was inspiring with all of Alice's art on display. Alice was awesome. Very patient and enthusiastic and great to have general chit chat with. Tools and materials were high quality and the best thing was being able to buy the loom to continue my new hobby at home.
Jenna Smith - - #9846
LOVED it - we were so inspired! Alice is super patient, and all her help and instructions were really clear. I was so happy with the result, the looms were beautiful, fabulous location, Alice was so kind sharing loads of hints and tips - and my goodness Macrame is now calling!
Thank you! x x
ashley allen - - #9759
What a wonderful day spent in Alice's studio! I highly recommend Alice as a teacher, patience, skill, knowledge, enthusiasm and gentle encouragement were all in plentiful supply. I was really impressed with the quality and abundance of materials and delighted with the beautiful wall hanging I was able to produce in such a short time and with no previous experience. Thank you Alice and I look forward to learning more from you in the future.
Emma Collins - - #9364
I thoroughly enjoyed Alice's workshop yesterday. The studio was inspiring with her work on display and her approach is calm, friendly and supportive. The hours flew by and we all said how relaxing and therapeutic it was to do. I bought a loom at the end of the day and set it up as soon as I got home, keen to get started-I think weaving is going to be addictive!
Helen Ribbons - - #9341
I met Alice during my research for the University of Portsmouth masters program in interior design. I was amazed with her work and loved her approach to the making process. I decided to give it a try and join one of her workshops which was yesterday.
I had an amazing time. Alice is a wonderful tutor who spends the time to explain and show the process of weaving in a pleasant way. Her choice of colour and material is very creative. The atmosphere in her studio is inviting and comfortable. I weaved yarn on the loom along with lovely group of ladies over tea and biscuits. The location allowed us to have a quick lunch at the canteen which is five minutes walk from Alice's studio.
At the end of the workshop, each one of us managed to finish a lovely weaved artefact to take home and enjoy.
May Abukurah - - #9181
A fantastic, creative day. Such a chilled environment in which it learn a new skill. Alice is clearly both skilled and passionate about her craft, and is also a very professionl tutor. She is very patient and calm, and this helps to create a great environment in which to be creative. She makes a good cup of tea, too!
Marcia - - #9040
What a lovely way to spend the day...time with Alice and 2 other creative ladies learning how to weave, sharing stories, being inspired by Alice's work and the Hotwalls Studios.
It was a lovely peaceful space interspersed with Alice's patient guidance and instructions and cups of tea.
I came away feeling that I'd really accomplished something unique and found the process of weaving meditative and exciting. I still have more to learn and hope eventually to buy my own small hand loom.
Nina Lazarski - - #8973
I took part in Alice's weaving workshop last weekend and it was brilliant! A lovely calm, talented and patient teacher, like minded fellow students, and a whole day to be creative. I have wanted to weave a picture for ages and Alice enabled me to fulfill this and be very pleased with the result! The hotwalls canteen food was really good and so you don't need to take a packed lunch, what a bonus. I can thoroughly recommend this course, to learn a new skill and have a super creative day in good company.
Hilary Dickson - - #8759
I enjoyed the workshop and it more than lived up to my expectations. A lovely social day spent with others. Alice is very calm and encouraging. It was good to complete a small wall hanging during the day. I would recommend the workshop. Go with a friend and have lunch at The Canteen at the Hotwalls - it makes a great alternative day out.
Linda Taylor - - #8401
The course I attended on the 18th March 2017 was run at the hotwalls old Portsmouth by Alice it was really enjoyable and provided tea or coffe and lunch was at the nearby canteen with in the hotwall I had a sense of achievement that I had tried something new and completed the project set before me .
Margaret Bishton - - #8303
I looked at the piece of frame loom weaving I made yesterday and felt proud.
Thanks to Alice's skill, patience and gentle approach, I didn't feel inept for more than a few minutes!
I'm going to mount it on a larger piece of fabric and add to it; not sure what yet but I've played around with string, buttons and shells so who knows?
Thank you Alice for inspiring me to try a different craft.
Sue Harrison - - #8214
I had a great day learning to weave, It was very relaxed and Alice was friendly and helpful. It was most interesting seeing how everyone in the group were able to get to grips with the technique put their own personality into their pieces.
Hollie Crosley - - #7639
I enjoyed my weaving day in Portsmouth and if you'd like an introduction to this fascinating craft, I'd recommend it. It's a good chance to relax and learn from Alice, how to prepare the loom and start to create your own design-as simple or complex as you like. In a small group, Alice will instruct you when you need it or leave you to just enjoy the process, and there's the bonus of purchasing the loom at the end if you wish. Hope to do more days when the opportunity arises.
Elaine webb - - #7508
I've just had a wonderful day weaving with Alice. There were 4 of us on the course and Alice was very attentive, which meant that we had individual help as soon as we needed it. Her instructions were very clear and I was really pleased to come home with my tapestry, and excited to do more and finish it. I have just booked onto the next course and am looking forward very much to another creative day.
Sue Sherrington - - #7320
Had a really enjoyable Saturday at Hot Walls in Portsmouth on one of Alice's courses. It was lovely piecing together different colours and textures of yarn to create your very own piece of weaving to take away. I loved it, and bought a loom and will be doing something on my own as soon as I get the time. Would love to do another course.
Jane Cunningham - - #6711
A great day at Alice's workshop in Portsmouth. The workshop was very informative and unrushed and we were all able to work at our own pace which allowed each of us to create a unique weaving to take home. I have been able to try out what I learnt at home and would love to come on another workshop in the future to get more ideas.
Viki Burton - - #6708
I had a great day earlier this month learning to weave (from scratch as I had never even touched a loom before!) at Alice's Studio at The Hot Walls, Southsea. She really is the most delightful girl, very attentive and patient, and as the group only consisted of another 3 likeminded ladies Alice gave us all the attention we needed. I was delighted with what I achieved and look forward to attending another workshop with her before too long.
I can recommend her courses and indeed a visit to the Hot Walls Studios as they are great.
Gilly Ines - - #6504
I had a very interesting and relaxing time at Ichen Valley Country Park learning how to weave. Alice was very calm and patient teaching a small group of ladies and encouraging us to get the best out of our weaving. Each piece was individual and beautiful. I enjoyed using different yarns and discovering their effects. Thank you Alice.
Patricia French - - #5900
Thank you Alice for a really nice, relaxed day learning the basics of weaving on a loom. I have been saying weft and wite all week! Hopefully I will remember the directions of the weft and warp threads!? It was a lovely group and I wish you great things for the future and will try and come and see you at The Hot Walls studios in Southsea.
Julia - - #5893
What a fabulous day to spend emerged being creative and learning a new craft. Fantastic teaching and warming enthusiasm on the history and future of weaving from Alice. She really is an ambassador for the craft and her workshops and own work are a clear representation that weaving can be as contemporary an art form as it is historical. Highly recommended for all ages, levels and those wanting to indulge in a new form of craft.
Rosey Stride - - #5372
I went on the 1 day course at Making Space recently and found it so inspiring. Alice is a really patient teacher and gives you plenty of room to explore your own ideas. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone. You have the option of buying the equipment for a very reasonable price. I did and made two more weaves the next day!
Terri - - #5320
I went having never tried weaving before and I can honestly say it was one the most enjoyable and rewarding workshops I have been to. The entire group finished with a beautiful weaving within the given time of the session. Wonderful experience! Has inspired me to take up weaving myself!
Megan Humphries - - #4971
I wanted to learn the technical aspects of weaving and how to use more than one colour, travelled to Portsmouth for the weekend especially to attend the course - loved every minute and learned a lot. It was a nice relaxing day and I bought one of the lovely looms home with me, can't wait to carry on trying new things. Thanks Alice! :)
Lauren - - #4879
Really enjoyed an excellent day learning about the loom. Will certainly continue to weave. Alice was most helpful and patient. Would recommend this to anyone
Jenny Parkes - - #4379
Thanks Alice for your patience on the evening weaving course I did with you, especially as we were all into different ideas!!! It was a great havin git over a series of weeks.... and it was so lovely to be able to follow my heart with my chosen colours and wools -- and yet learn a new techinique. I loved my final piece and it will be made into a part of a bag!
Freya Perry - - #3906
I had a really enjoyable day learning the art of weaving with Alice. Based at Make in Fratton we had a cosy set up and a small group meant that help was there when you needed it! Alice is incredibly knowledgeable and patient with everyone especially as everyone was working on different designs! Left feeling utterly inspired, my new purchased loom in hand I've started my second weave already! Thank you Alice!
Ami Lowman - - #3792
What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! Alice was attentive, knowledgable and a great teacher. It was fun, cosy and I felt I came home with a much better understanding of weaving. Would highly recommend it! Thank you!
Kate montgomery - - #3767
Lovely day learning the basics of weaving with a very patient and kind Alice !
Mary De Sa - - #3764
I had a lovely day at The Yurt learning to weave - creative, stimulating and relaxing all at the same time. Thanks to everybody, especially Alice Hume for her patience and expert tuition. Can't wait for the next workshop!
Linda Rushby - - #3627
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