Frame loom weaving: colour and weave techniques
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
elements of frame loom weaving with ‘traditional’ on loom weaving methods in order to create a collection of graphic
contemporary, striking and colourful fabrics that are normally associated with the fashion industry. We will sample
these methods on a smaller scale to reach the potential for developing ideas for interior, fine art or for fashion markets.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: VO180
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Colour and weave is a traditional on-loom technique of creating fabrics that combine particular woven structures with
contrasting colour palettes in order to create lively, energetic and optical fabrics.
Using a frame loom, we will explore techniques and experiment with colour, texture, woven structure, yarn,materials
scale and repeat pattern.
We will be looking at how to apply your woven work to a range of applications. For instance: textured tweeds for
scarves, fashion accessories and small-scale works; working with delicate yarns to create pieces for jewellery;
creating contemporary and graphic furnishing and cushioning fabrics; using the techniques to create a wide variety
of art pieces.
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
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?
- Developing visual research and a mini mood board and colour palette in order to express your ideas
- Setting up the frame loom and equipment at home
- Refining tension and working with the selvedge for neat edges
- Refining your selection of yarns, experimenting with scale, texture and colour relating to woven structure
- Exploring a wide range of colour and weave woven structures
- Refresher on setting up warps and how to create warps for sampling
- Developing and exploring a two and three colour striped weave; working with contrasting colours
- Working in large scale exploring repetition and diverse woven structures.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create a mood board and demonstrate research and design development skills
- Able to develop a cohesive colour palette experimenting with colour proportions
- Understand how to combine colour and woven structure to create a variety of effects
- Create a range of woven samples confidently, expressing personal aesthetic and colour style (one sample per week)
- How to finish edges using stitch neatly and professionally.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Intermediate.This course is ideal for learners that have tried frame loom weaving before and want to develop ideas and work.Refreshers are welcome.
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
- One to one tuition
- Feedback, Q & A and group chats using Google classroom and zoom sessions
- You will have the opportunity to engage with your online learning community and tutor on both platforms
- Online resource, inspiration and task handouts with be available to download in each session
- A computer or laptop with a fully updated google chrome browser works best for live sessionsor, you can use a tablet or phone for zoom sessions but your device will need a microphone, and optionally a camera. Using headphones with microphones are advisable as these block out all room noise in live online sessions
- You will need to login into our Google classroom before our sessions start for instructions and for materials list. Details on how to access this will be provided in advance.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will require a good broadband connection as mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle will not provide sufficient
Bandwidth in some courses.
Frame loom & simple weaving equipment, scissors – guidance will be given on Google Classroom and emailed to you.
Assorted yarns in a range of colours, textures, weights and materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a wide range of courses in textiles and contemporary crafts for beginners, advanced learners and professional practitioners. Please browse the website for our upcoming courses.
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
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