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Introduction to multi-shaft weaving

Duration: Two days

Price: £250

Contact: Alan Oliver at Alan Oliver Handweaver & Dyer

Newnham Terrace
Greater London

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

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

About the Course

This weekend-long beginners’ course is designed to give students a feel for what can be achieved using a multi-shaft loom, and leave afterwards with enough knowledge to start weaving on your own.

Taught in small groups of up to three people, and using four and eight shaft table looms, students will have an opportunity to weave on a number of pieces of equipment, each one set up differently, so that a wide variety of patterns and techniques can be explored.

As well as sampling, students will also learn about weaving notation, how to make a warp, and how to set up a loom ready for weaving.

This is a full weekend class (Saturday and Sunday 10 - 5 with an hour's break for lunch)

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What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee & soft drinks, biscuits & pastries

Want to review this course?

I went on the 2 day course with 2 others. There were 2 different sorts of table loom, very different warps and a wide variety of yarns which led to surprisingly different results from our very first attempts onwards. Alan's teaching was clear and engaging, and he provided detailed written information on methods and techniques to back up what we practised. We also were shown how to make a warp on a warping board and had a small go at getting a warp onto a loom. Entertaining and inspiring!

- - #24361

I had a great weekend with Alan and the rest of our small group. Alan was welcoming, a great teacher and really helpful. The course gave us all an opportunity to learn different techniques and the fundamentals of 4 and 8 shaft work with a range of materials - it was thoroughly enjoyable and gave me more confidence to move forward with my own weaving.

- - #24282

I thought this was a really brilliant course. After having just bought a 4 shaft table loom on eBay, it was just what I was looking for.
We learned how to use table looms, warp the loom, follow draft patterns and lots more.
Alan was a great teacher. He is very relaxed and approachable. He provided the perfect balance of technical information and fun, freestyle weaving. The atmosphere in the class was a lovely laidback but focused vibe.
The class size was small allowing for lots of individual attention if needed. Everyone was encouraged to experiment and explore in their own way.
After the course I was able to warp my loom and start weaving at home!

- - #24271

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Events & groups
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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