The Weaving Group meets in the Mary Tavy Coronation Hall once a month on the second Friday in the month.
In addition to the programme specifics we will also cover mending – what to do when you break a warp thread, create a float by mistake, or various other mishaps occur. Weavers will go to quite considerable lengths to avoid unweaving as it very time consuming and very disheartening. Professional weavers would never get anything finished if they unwove every time they made a mistake. That’s where mending comes in, either on or off the loom. I propose that when the samples are being woven on the guild looms and an error occurs, we take the opportunity to demonstrate how to repair it. Life being what it is, we might have to create an error or two as just as the way to create a perfect selvedge is to design your cloth to be cut up, when you are hoping for errors to repair you are likely to find there aren’t any!
February 14th (Changed)
Looking at what can be done on the guild rigid heddle loom. Individual weaving, including samples
Help available for those on Laura’s Leno workshop, if needed. Individual weaving and weaving samples on guild loom
Good Friday April 10th
Warp loom 2
All day for those who need help warping. This loom will be used for hand manipulated techniques and we will look at some of those, too.
May 22nd (Changed)
Morning: Turning a draft Afternoon individual weaving including samples. We hope to have all guild looms clear by the end of the June meeting
Show and tell, especially samples from Laura and from the guild looms, and any of the work we’ve done so far
Painting a warp and a look at ikat
Dressing guild looms with ikat and painted warps made last month and beginning samples
3D Weaving How can 3D shapes be created on a flat warp? Freeform weaving on a non-loom object, differential shrinkage, double cloth incorporating differential shrinkage, loom controlled leno, any others? Continue weaving samples
Recycling. How can we recycle yarns, fabric, etc., in our weaving? We can look at bags woven with cut up plastic weft, rag rugs, old T shirt items (stretchy so good for bags). Weaving individual and samples
Book reviews – any good books published this year that we need for the library or to put on a Christmas list?
Challenge reveal, show and tell, and lunch at the pub.