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Weekend Weave Workshops and Evening Classes.


Classes focus on weaving a fabric length, this can be a finished wearable scarf piece or a series of samples where you explore differing weaving structures using a common warp. Students will be led through the weaving process; with yarn types being discussed from a choice of merino, shetland and cheviot, as well as drape/handle being explored through a series of provided samples. The warping process will be completed on a warping mill, with instructions given on how to dress a 4-shaft Ashford table loom, all with the guidance of James.

Once the loom has been dressed, and after consultation with James, you can base your finished piece on a range of samples and weave notes supplied. Warp preparation and dressing normally takes a day with the aim to get you weaving from 11.00 ish on the second day of the workshop.

Ranging from straight draft for beginners, pointed draft for intermediate and overshot constructions for the more advanced or confident students, all with the help and guidance of your tutor James Donald. Discounts of 10% will be given to those who book 3 or more weekend workshops to explore the design potential of these differing drafts.

No experience necessary!

With a limit of 4 students, you will leave the weekend course with an understanding of cloth construction and finishing processes. Due to the advanced nature of the table looms being used students can take away the looms and finish their woven piece in their own time and return the looms at a pre agreed time that suits. Additional help can be given should you require it by email.

With 20 years plus teaching experience and co-owner of Concrete Wardrobe, one of Edinburgh’s leading independent craft retail outlets, James graduated with a 1st class Degree in Constructed Textiles from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee before setting up his own independent weave label, PickOne in 1997 and has exhibited his award-winning textiles both nationally and internationally.