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)
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Tea, coffee & soft drinks, biscuits & pastries
2 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)
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2 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)
Alan is a great teacher and guides his students through a range of weaving techniques using different looms that demonstrate a variety of set-ups. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun and you learn so much about the fundamental aspects of weaving.
Alan guides you through the technical language and how to thread up a loom to start weaving.
A great productive weekend!
I had a fantastic weekend with Oliver and his looms, he is a good teacher, helpful and complete in his explanations.
I was able to use four different hoops and explore multiple types of patterns.
With this course, you will learn the basics of starting to work on your own and you can actually understand that the possibilities for creating different types of fabrics are endless.
Response from Alan Oliver Handweaver, Dyer & Print Maker:Thanks, Antonella
I took part in the 2-day weaving class that Alan offered and what a great weekend it was! Alan is an excellent teacher, and his course is structured to give you a solid introduction to the art of weaving. Even if you are a total beginner, like I was, rest assured you will be patiently guided through the whole process and provided with easy-to-follow instructions and hand-outs. The course is small, so the tuition is as personal as it can get. You will have access to a wide variety of yarns and will be able to experiment with those on both 4- and 8-shaft looms. Alan also demonstrates how to set up a loom and make a warp, explains how to read a weaving draft and offers recommendations on choosing specialist literature and all the necessary equipment should you wish to continue with your new skills. All the samples you produce are yours to take home at the end of the course. Alan’s studio is conveniently located a few minutes away from several tube stations, and you will be offered tea and biscuits throughout the day!
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!
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.
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!