Introduction to Inkle Loom Weaving Workshop, Salisbury
A day-long inkle weaving workshop for beginners between 10am - 4pm in the beautiful setting of Fisherton Mill in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Inkle looms are used to produce woven bands that can be used as bag straps, guitar straps, shoe laces, hat bands and decorative trim, just to name a few!
This is a wonderful and practical style of weaving that can be easily grasped in a day. The looms are small, light weight and portable, making them a great choice for taking away on trips, moving around the house, or tucking out of the way.
The course price includes 6 hours of guided tuition, use of the looms and all materials including yarns and fibres.
The yarns used are organic cotton and linen from Venne in a wide range of colours.
You will be given your own clear workshop handouts to take away with you.
You will receive a 20% discount on the lunch menu from the Fisherton Mill Gallery Cafe on the day of the workshop.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The workshop will teach you the basic principles and terminology of weaving on an inkle loom, and you will weave a band.
We will cover the following:
- How to pick the best yarns for weaving
- How to plan your warp (all the tension threads that are wound on to the loom before weaving begins)
- How to dress the loom (prepare the loom for weaving)
- Lots of weaving!
- How to secure your band and remove it from the loom
We start by learning about the best yarns to use and how to plan and record your warp (all the tension threads that are wound on to the loom before weaving begins) before dressing the loom (preparing the loom for weaving), followed by lots of weaving!
Spaces are limited to ensure you receive as much guidance as you need.
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those that have a little experience and would like a refresher.
You will have the opportunity to buy a loom at the the end of the workshop and you will find a comprehensive list of suppliers in the resources section of your handout.
WHAT TO BRING
If you have a use for your weaving in mind, like a band for your favourite hat for example, you may wish to bring the hat along so that you can colour match.
Fisherton Mill has a wonderful cafe where you can purchase your lunch, cakes and drinks, however if you'd prefer to bring a packed lunch, please feel free to do so.
PARKING & ARRIVAL
Please arrive in good time to ensure you have time to park before the workshop begins.
There is no parking for Fisherton Mill but you can find full details on where to park and how to get there on the Fisherton Mill website, link below:
The workshop will take place in the gallery upstairs.
I like to start promptly as there is quite a lot to go through, but if you do find you are running late, please don't worry, once i've got everyone started off i'll be able to get you up to speed with the rest of the group fairly quickly.
I look forward to meeting you soon but if you have any questions beforehand, please feel free to contact me.
ABOUT YOUR TUTOR
Ellie Fisher is a textile designer with a foundation in textiles from Winchester School of Art and a BA and MA from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
With over 20 years of weaving experience she is passionate about sharing her love of textiles.
To ensure the viability of our workshops we have to have a firm cancellation policy. Please read it HERE. By booking a space you are agreeing to this policy.
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I was coming to terms with loss of a loved one when I went on my first weaving course with Ellie. Her empathy with her students was amazing such a wonderful professional tutor which led for me to a passion for weaving in all its dimensions. Thank you Ellie.