Work by Dee SayceA practical journey exploring band weaving (warp-faced weaving) patterns and techniques incorporating all the basics through to complete woven items, using an inkle loom.  Students will be able to develop skills, produce a wide selection of woven samples experimenting with patterns, colour and fibre, then progress on to producing woven bands to create items of their own choice.

Course content

Starting from the basics of warp-faced weaving on an inkle loom, make heddles and warp a loom.  Learn to read and create drafts and pattern charts, produce woven samples of warp-faced patterns and techniques, including Repp, Baltic, pebble weaving and warp manipulation.  Use a variety of fibres including cotton, wool and linen, experiment with colour combinations and decorative techniques including beading, soumak, rya and embroidery stitches.  Students will be supported and encouraged to design and develop skills and knowledge, design and create a final woven band into an item; e.g. a belt, guitar strap, dog lead, etc.  Teaching will be by demonstration and example and by individual instruction.

Student experience required

Suitable for beginners and those with some experience who want to expand their knowledge.

Tutor profile

Dee is an experienced weaver, spinner, dyer and textile tutor.  She is enthusiastic about the whole process of creating items by growing or picking plants for dyeing a raw fleece, spinning yarn then weaving or knitting.  Dee has regularly taught a range of textile craft workshops in and around North Derbyshire, over the last ten years.  She is also employed as a part-time textile tutor for her local education authority, and previously at Freeman College for Special Needs in Sheffield, for three years.

Materials/equipment – student to bring

  • An inkle loom (other band weaving looms are acceptable, please consult tutor)
  • G-clamps
  • Two band weaving shuttles
  • Scissors
  • Book Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon
  • Three warp yarns in contrasting colours (this will cost approximately £30, more details on application)
  • Optional items – an adjustable stool or cushions to adjust the height of the chair

Materials/equipment – tutor will provide

  • Heddle string
  • Novelty yarn, thread, beads etc., for embroidery, experimental and decorative techniques

Additional costs

Items used to complete woven items including buckles, key rings, etc., will be available for purchase.  Donations will be accepted for any supplementary yarn provided by the tutor.  Students will be asked to swap and share some yarn whilst making samples, by agreement.

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