Weeks one and two
In the initial session, we will set up and weave on the simple-to-use Body-Tensioned Rigid Heddle Loom to learn the essential techniques. These looms weave a continuous length of up to 1m, 20 cm wide. We will use British Wool in its natural colour and dyed form, experimenting with alternative fibres.
Participants will continue work on the Body-Tensioned Rigid Heddle Looms, designing and setting up a second project using direct warping on the loom with a multi-coloured warp to weave stripes and patterns. Rigid Heddle table looms allow longer warps and broader widths, so they will be available for those wishing to learn how to set up this type of loom.
Participants will go beyond plain weave by manipulating warp threads to create patterning, texture, ‘whacky weaving,’ etc.
Participants will warp separately off the loom, incorporating ‘a cross’, which can be used on these looms but is needed for the 4-shaft table loom in week 3.