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Understand Double Weave on 8 Shafts


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Why take this class?

There’s so much to get excited about with double weave, but it can also seem daunting.

If you have ever asked…

  • How do I get started?
  • Is it difficult to warp the loom for double weave?
  • What colours and fibres should I use?
  • What can I do with 8 shafts?
  • How do blocks work and what can I do with them?

…then you are not alone!

When I first tried my hand at double weave I had to do some serious work to understand what was happening at the loom.

Since that time I have woven many different kinds of double weave and developed my own approach to thinking about it.

As the basis for my teaching and writing, this approach has helped many other people to cut through the confusion and become confident double weavers. It’s my most requested workshop topic, and a strong personal favourite! Now, for the first time, you can have access to my 8-shaft double weave workshop from anywhere in the world.

What does this class cover?

I’ll support you in getting started with double weave by helping you to design and weave your own 8-shaft sampler. Our six-week schedule is intended to be flexible, so that you can weave at your own pace, but broadly it will cover

  • Week 1: choosing a colour palette and creating a block design
  • Week 2: creating a threading and setting up the loom
  • Week 3: working with layers and blocks
  • Week 4: exploring the variations we can weave with the same lifts/tie-up
  • Week 5: re-interpreting our layers for more variations
  • Week 6: going beyond plain weave and planning for future projects

Who is this class for?

This class is for you if you have an eight-shaft loom and a desire to understand double weave. You don’t need any prior experience of double weave to participate fully in this class.

The main pre-requisite is that you should be confident in dressing your loom. This class will include some tips and processes specifically related to warping for double weave, but it is assumed that you know how to wind, beam, thread and sley a warp by following a draft.

If you are not sure whether you are ready for double weave, then you might want to read the FAQ page for more guidance.

There is no requirement to have any particular kind of eight-shaft loom. If you have access to a table loom, then that is the most flexible tool for learning your way around double weave and I would recommend it. However, the course includes instruction for both liftplans and tie-ups, and all kinds of loom are welcome!

How will it work?

The course will begin on Saturday 6 February 2021. From that date you will have access to the core learning materials as well as our friendly and inclusive discussion forum at Weaving Space Online.

In order to make sure you can access all the teaching wherever you are, the core learning materials are all pre-recorded and will be available to you forever. These include slide presentations, video demonstrations, written transcripts and interactive worksheets. You can use them all at your own pace. The screenshot in the gallery above shows the course website in draft format. It probably won’t look exactly like this, because I am still editing it and I can’t resist tweaking things, but I hope it will convey the general idea.

You’ll also be invited to join the class community at the Weaving Space Online community hub, where you can get support from me and share your progress with fellow students. This is a brand new space, and not a Facebook group. Like the course site, it is a work-in-progress and the screenshot above shows a draft view. The purple speech bubble at the bottom right on every page of the course website will open up the community hub (without losing track of where you are in the lesson!)

And last, but by no means least, there will be optional live Q&A sessions via Zoom every week during the six ‘official’ weeks of the course.

With all of these resources at your fingertips, you’ll soon be able to draft your double weave designs with confidence and bring your creative vision to life at the loom.

This course will just be the beginning of your double weave journey. I can’t wait to see where it takes you!

Have a question?

Check out the FAQs here, and if you can’t find the answer then just email me!

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