Ardington School of CraftsArdington School of CraftsArdington School of Crafts
Ardington School of CraftsArdington School of CraftsArdington School of Crafts
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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Loom Weaving
Course Dates: Wednesday 18th October 2017 to Thursday 19th October 2017
Category: Textiles
Price: £160

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Discover some of the many possibilities provided by fascinating craft of weaving. You will weave plain weave samples on a rigid heddle loom and twill weaves on a four-shaft table loom. You will also learn to how to set up looms for weaving. The tutor is a member of the Oxford Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers.

Further Detail

The four-shaft table looms will be set up for fabric weaving so you can create some twill patterns. There are more than 70 to choose from. Most of the rigid heddle looms will be set up so that the weft dominates the design, allowing you to experiment with rug and tapestry weaving methods.  The samples you create can be made up into small bags or used as mats. You will have the chance to weave on a rigid heddle loom set up for fabric weaving and an inkle loom. You will also be able to, set up a simple frame for tapestry weaving, and be involved in putting warps on a rigid heddle and a table loom.  Suitable for complete beginners and also intermediate (if you have woven before and would like to discuss what type of weaving you would like to do with Angela before the course, she can be contacted through the school;  

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • basic weaving vocabulary 
  • choosing suitable yarns
  • weaving with neat straight edges
  • finishing off weaving
  • use of colour 
  • putting a warp on a rigid heddle and a table loom


Beginner and intermediate


Materials are not included in your course fee. All materials will be provided by the tutor. The looms will be warped with cotton. Wool, cotton and synthetic yarns will be available for the weft. The approximate cost will vary from £8–£20 depending on the yarns you choose.

Please note that we do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • a small frame if possible (an old picture frame without glass or backing would be ideal)

What students have said about this course/tutor:

"Loved every minute. Angela really knew her stuff and was so patient showing us different techniques."

Tutor Profile

Angela has been weaving for 30 years and is a trained teacher with more than 20 years’ experience. Since giving up full-time work in 2004, she has taught people from five to 85 to weave. She enjoys seeing the work that beginners produce.

Angela weaves silk scarves and wraps, dyeing the yarns herself so that each piece is original. She also weaves pictures using hand-spun yarns. She is a past Chair of the Oxford Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers and has been Features Editor of the Journal for Weavers Spinners and Dyers. You can see examples of Angela's work on her website:

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.