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Introductory braid weaving workshop

We'll be making the simple braids in this first workshop.


Please note! Because of the Covid19 virus, this workshop will no longer run as planned. If you'd like to learn this style of weaving, please contact me directly for the various kits and tools I have available. For anyone buying a kit, I will offer any follow-up hints, tips, advice and encouragement that will help you weave successfully. So instead of the workshop, it's a case of getting a kit, and having the help and advice as a gift with it. All being well you'll get on just fine!

Courses will resume as and when it's safe for that to happen. In the meantime, I hope some good weaving happens whilst we're at home!


A workshop to weave your own braid, using simple and portable equipment.

Weaving braids and bands is a northern European tradition, and it's something that links in to many other traditions around the world. Once the basics are understood, you can go on to weave with different colours, patterns and yarns. It's a great skill!

On this workshop you'll learn:
- how to weave braids/bands using simple equipment (heddle and shuttle)
- how to start and finish your braids
- how to thread a heddle
- how to read and design a pattern

Extra information:
This form of weaving needs no loom: one end of the weaving is tied to the weaver, in the style of a backstrap loom; the other end of the weaving can be tied to something like a post or a tree. To weave, two main things are used - a heddle and a shuttle. The other things which help the weaver are simple household items. The heddle can be threaded up in different ways to give a wide range of effects and patterns from such a simple starting point. Many people consider weaving to be complex, and in some ways it is. But this technique is enjoyable, fairly straightforward, and gives good results in a short space of time.

Our day will be structured so that everyone can learn steadily and together. No previous experience is needed.

We'll weave straight away with heddles that are already threaded up, to make and complete a simple length of braid. We'll use different patterns and colours so that we can learn from each other's weaving as we go along.

We'll consider different ways to finish off the ends of our braids and will learn how to read a pattern. We'll discuss different yarns, what works and why, and I'll demonstrate how to thread up a new heddle ready for weaving. I'll also show and talk about weaving more complex patterned braids.

All yarn that you use for your braids is included in the course, and the use of the weaving equipment. There will be course handouts with information, patterns, and links.

If you'd like to carry on weaving after the course (any why wouldn't you - it's great!), the heddles, shuttles, and hand-made shuttles are available for purchase at the end of the course.

The tutor:
Helen Leaf, of Leaf Trading Post.

The venue:
Created by Hand, Strelley Hall, Nottinghamshire, NG8 6PE.

Getting there:
Created by Hand is in the old stables courtyard of Strelley Hall, near to the Mulberry Tree cafe. If you go towards the cafe, you'll see the Created by Hand shop to your right - our workshop room is through the shop, so just ask within the shop when you arrive.
It's a short drive from junction 26 of the M1, and there is plenty of free parking on site.

To book your place, please contact me via my website or via the contact button on this listing.
You can book your place on the workshop directly with Created by Hand.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

- The yarn you use to weave your braid
- Use of the weaving equipment


Helen Leaf at Leaf Trading Post
Created by Hand, Strelley Hall,
Main Street
Strelley Village
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6 hours (10am to 4pm)


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