Beginner's Weaving Class / Introduction to multi-shaft weaving (Weekend 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)

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Tea, coffee & soft drinks, biscuits & pastries


Alan Oliver at Alan Oliver Handweaver, Dyer & Print Maker

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Newnham Terrace
Greater London

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


2 days (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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Martin Chandler - - #39166

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!

Antonella - - #35933

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.
Thanks, Oliver.

Response from Alan Oliver Handweaver, Dyer & Print Maker:

Thanks, Antonella
I have a great weekend with you and really enjoyed teaching you all about weaving.
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(Alan) Oliver

Boris - - #35573

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Teresa Brown - - #24361

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!

Adam - - #24282

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.

Lami Buckley - - #24271

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!

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