Beginners frame loom weaving
Time: 17:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO125
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Whether you are a beginner weaver, or have some experience, this course is an opportunity to explore experimental and exciting approaches to frame loom weaving. Working through a series of live demonstrations, you will learn a range of hand woven effects that explore colour, texture, woven techniques, scale, pattern, yarn and materials.
You will create an exciting and imaginative range of hand woven samples that demonstrate a unique and personal response to weaving. Each week we will be exploring a variety of different weave structures, both traditional and non-traditional. You will be working towards creating one small hand woven artwork that you may decide to frame or hang on the wall.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
In each session, you will be introduced to a range of different techniques for you to creatively interpret into hand woven samples. These will include ways to create texture and tactile effects, weaving simple shapes, exploring colour and shading, 3D effects and more.
You will explore and experiment with materials, fabrics and fibres to create a set of personal samples. In the last two weeks of the course, you will use your weaving skills to create one small artwork.
Each week you will dress the frame loom with a fresh warp in order to create a varied collection of fabric samples. Tips and tricks, alongside innovative production methods will be given in order to guide you towards creating one finished piece.
Session 1: Setting up the loom, identifying loom parts, creating plain weave, finishing techniques.
Session 2: Textural and tactile effects – Rya knots and colour blending.
Session 3: Soumak, inlay and hemstitching.
Session 4: Special effects – weaving in blocks, shaping, 3D techniques.
Session 5: Design development & weaving your final artwork.
Session 6: Design development & finishing your artwork.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Set up and dress your frame loom independently.
- Confidently create a range of woven samples.
- Use visual inspiration (photographs, postcards etc) to inspire woven work.
- Work with different yarns, materials and fabrics.
- Finish edges professionally using a range of finishing techniques.
- Work towards creating a small hand woven artwork.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at beginners or those who wish to revisit introductory skills and build up their knowledge of frame loom weaving. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions and be willing to participate in group discussions and presenting of your own ideas and work.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will be taught online using Zoom and Google Classroom through weekly live sessions and/or video demonstrations:
- Live demonstrations
- 1:1 tuition
- Feedback, Q & A and group chats using Google Classroom.
- You will have the opportunity to engage with your tutor and the rest of your online learning community through live sessions and on Google Classroom
- Online resources uploaded to Google Classroom
- It is expected that you will work on personal projects outside of the class time to develop your work as the course progresses to improve and expand on your skills.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- You will need: a frame loom, darning needle, fork, and an assortment of yarns, notebook and pen. A full materials list will be provided once you have enrolled.
- Before the course begins, please collect 5 images that you find inspiring. These may be your own photographs or postcards, or images from books, magazines or sourced from the internet. Pinterest is a great and simple method for sourcing and keeping visual inspiration.
- You will be taught using Zoom for the live sessions with your tutor. You will receive an email 2.5hrs before your session starts with details of the live session link. Please be aware you will need to check your email address associated with your account within this window. Please amend and delete as suitable
- We use Google Classroom E-learning platform which will store all tasks/notes/resources/ demo videos You will need to login into our Google classroom before each sessions starts.
- You will need a computer or laptop. Ideally with a fully updated google Chrome browser.
- Using headphones with microphones will block out all room noise in sessions.
- If you are using a tablet or mobile device you will need a microphone, and optionally a camera.
- You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient Bandwidth for live sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Once you have completed this course, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to undertake an intermediate weaving course or browse the website to explore our range of Contemporary Crafts.
Elizabeth Ashdown MA RCA is a London based artist working with specialist weaving techniques in order to create contemporary art pieces. Within her work, Elizabeth combines traditional craft skills with a contemporary aesthetic and an energetic use of colour, pattern and woven structure. Elizabeth gained her first class honours degree in BA (Hons) Textile Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and an MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art. Elizabeth has exhibited widely throughout the UK at exhibitions and galleries such as The London Art Fair, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Bluecoat Display Centre. Elizabeth lectures throughout the UK and she is the Creative Textiles Tutor on the Foundation Diploma course at City Lit alongside her role as an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in publications such as House and Garden, Crafts Magazine and Ateliers D’Art. Instagram: @ashdowntextiles
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.