Weaving with Colour
With Angie Parker
3 day course 10am - 4pm
Explore how to weave confidently with colour in this three day practical and flexible “Weaving with Colour” course alongside award-winning weaver Angie Parker.
During this three day course, you will be using backstrap looms and 4 shaft table looms, to create a series of woven textiles that explore basic weave structure and colour experiments.
There will be the opportunity to learn how to design a warp and dress a tabletop loom as well as setting up a simple back-strap loom.
The aim is that the course will be structured to suit each participant; some looms will be set up ready for weaving if you’d simply like to get stuck in when you arrive.
Angie will communicate with all the participants individually prior to starting, to find out what people most want to learn about and will plan the days accordingly.
During the course, Angie will share the way she approaches colour in her design work and encourage participants to experiment confidently with colour. A vast array of yarns in a variety of colours and textures will be at your disposal for the duration including Angie’s signature palettes.
You will have lots of time to experiment and work on your weaving techniques, with Angie on hand throughout for guidance and advice.
By the end of the course you will:
- Know how to thread and weave on a back-strap loom.
- Know how to make a simple warp for a back-strap loom in your home without any specialist equipment
- Understand basic weaving principles.
- Know how to thread and use a table loom.
- Have broadened your knowledge of weaving.
- Grow in confidence with your use of colour.
Angie Parker is an award winning weaver of rugs and exquisite, vibrant textiles derived from Scandinavian rug weaving techniques.
Specialising in hand-weaving, she uses long established techniques, such as Krokbragd, and after being taught rug weaving by the late Susan Foster at art college in the 1990’s, she pursued a career in costume for a number of years whilst continuing to weave on small scale collections.
Combining her weaving with an instinctive and daring approach to colour, she offers a creative process of importing a contemporary element to the time honoured techniques of weaving and the responses from the viewer are what excites her most about this.
After a year spent living in India and more recently, the dynamic graffiti and houses in her Bristol neighbourhood, she has found that both of these location have influenced the fabulously joyful palette which is intrinsic to her weaving and designs today.
Working in reclaimed high quality rug wool and a variety of other yarns Angie meticulously hand-weaves and finishes all the original pieces herself on her Glimakra Floor loom at BV Studios in Bristol.
All our course days run from 10am till 4pm
We begin this first day with an introduction to backstrap weaving. You will learn how to thread a backstrap loom along with basic weaving principles. After lunch, you will be introduced to table loom along with an introduction to colour theory for use in your designs.
Using all of the techniques and theories that you picked up on day one, you have time to put them into practice. Using the backstrap weaving with a more complex weave structure and the table loom. Angie will cover more colour theory after lunch and show you how to make windings.
Taking on board everything you have learnt over the past two days you will have more time to work with the backstrap weaving and have an opportunity to learn how to thread a table loom for those who wish to learn this. There will be time to finish off your samples and designs that you have mapped out over the three days and we will make time for the group to come together and share in their learnings.
We have a fantastic accommodation offer onsite, and would recommend staying here for the fully immersive Clayhill experience. All our accommodation is reserved for the students for the duration of the course and you will have a bedroom of your own. Our rooms have been converted from a series of old cattle sheds and from an old milking parlour and retain characterful features such as exposed wooden roof timbers and stone walls. Each bedroom has its own tea and coffee making facilities and outdoor seating area.
We also have an onsite laundry should you need to use these facilities during your stay with us. WIFI is available throughout the complex, heating and hot water is supplied by biomass technology, electricity by solar technology and all of the water around the site is fed by a natural spring.
Accommodation is offered at £80/night. If you would like to make your stay here more comfortable, you can also buy single additional nights before or after the course. (Please note any additional nights will not be catered, we are happy to recommend some local places to eat).
All courses at Clayhill Arts are fully catered, and our locally-sourced food is included in the price of your course ticket. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided. To read more about our food offering, follow this link. About our catering
Anyone with an interest in weaving and wanting to develop their understanding of using colour. The structure of the course will be around the requirements of each student, so your individual needs will be met, whatever level you happen to be at.
All looms and materials will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own scissors, labelled, to help maintain covid safety considerations.
Prolonged sessions of weaving can cause some back and shoulder discomfort so students will be encouraged to stretch and take breaks regularly to prevent this. There is lots of space to roam at Clayhill, so taking a break will be a welcome opportunity to explore the landscape!
Yes! We provide refreshments throughout the day and a home-cooked lunch which is freshly prepared in our Granary kitchen. Lunch is served around our communal dining table, offering you a great chance to get to know everyone on the course and share in the making processes you have been developing throughout the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements before arrival
Yes! All of our bedrooms here at Clayhill are en-suite so you will have your own private space to retreat to and relax in after spending your day in the meditative space of the Studio. We provide you with your own towels and bathroom products for use throughout your stay and you can enjoy the extensive grounds well into the evening. If you do choose to stay with us a bespoke evening meal as well as breakfast and lunch will also be provided.
We have also set up a payment plan so that you can spread the cost of the sessions over the next 4 months. You will find the option for doing this as you enter the checkout page.
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