The course opens for booking on Saturday 5 December here on the Weaving Space website. Note that the course itself will begin on Saturday 6 February 2021.
You’ll need an 8-shaft loom for this course. Eventually I do plan to offer a course for 4-shaft double weave as well, but I couldn’t manage everything at once! This particular course will focus on 8-shaft double weave, so you will need access to an 8-shaft loom to make the most of it.
Countermarche looms are great, aren’t they? I do include instruction specifically focused on tying up a countermarche loom for double weave, because I you to be able to apply these techniques to your favourite loom… BUT… whatever kind of loom you usually weave on, my top recommendation for studying a new weave is to use a table loom if you can, and that applies more than ever to double weave. Although it is not the speediest way to weave, speed is not the point when you are learning. Learning is the point, and a table loom is really well suited to this purpose.
Absolutely. There is no requirement to have tried any kind of double weave before taking this course.
That’s a hard one! Everyone has their own pace for weaving as well as for reading and thinking.
The original workshop from which this course is taken is a three-day masterclass. So if we spread that out over six weeks, we are looking at about one half-day per week. However, since we’re not all together in the classroom, we may have a little bit of extra work to do. I’d suggest allowing up to one day per week to make the most of the live course presentation – and, as we are all new to this, I hope you will feed back to me how accurate that estimate turns out to be!
The basic principle of weaving double width is covered, but it is not a focus of the course. My interests lie chiefly in the pattern potential of two layers of cloth which are interchanged on the loom, and the content of the course reflects that.
Yes, you will. All the core teaching materials will be pre-recorded and available to you at any time. Each lesson will be broken down into a series of short videos, with slides and transcripts you can print out for reference, as well as downloadable worksheets and examples. There will also be a community forum where you can ask questions at any time.
You will have access to the real me. I’m recording the core teaching materials because this makes them available to everyone at any time. However, I will also be hosting live Q&A sessions every week for six weeks, and I will always be accessible via the community forum as well.
My outline plan is to hold live sessions in the late afternoon at weekends and in the evening midweek, with at least three sessions every two weeks. As I am on GMT, this seems to make the most sense in terms of accessibility from other time zones.
However, I prefer not to finalise this until I know who has enrolled on the course and where you are! It may be that some schedules are just mutually incompatible, but once I have a sense of what suits you then I will be better able to plan an overall scheme that offers something to everyone.
The main focus will be on working with double weave blocks and that will occupy much of the six weeks’ running time of the live course.
We will look in detail at designing a threading for two layers and two blocks of plain weave, and will explore many different variations which we can weave on the same threading. Among others, these will include colour-and-weave effects, weft interchange, mixing double weave with twill, and adding pickup to enhance your block design.
There will also be materials to encourage you to take your double weave explorations further, including working with twill and huck.
I’m not going to lay down the law about this, as I want you to use yarn that you are happy with. My samples for the course are woven in 8/2 organic unmercerised cotton from Venne, and I will provide details of this and a few other options once students have enrolled. At that point we can also talk about any yarns you have but are unsure about, and I’ll be happy to give advice on their suitability.
That’s the plan! This is just the first outing for this course. I plan to keep developing it, and to keep adding new materials as well, which all students who sign up – whether now or later – will have access to.
There are only two requirements for full participation in this course. You need to have access to an eight-shaft loom, and you should know how to warp it. The course will include some hints and tips for setting up your loom for double weave, but it will be assumed that you can accomplish the basic steps of winding, beaming, threading and sleying a warp by following a draft. Having said that, check out the question below about beginner weavers.
Everyone defines ‘beginner’ differently, so this is a tricky one. However, if you have only just started to weave on a multi-shaft loom then this course is unlikely to be a good choice for you. As I’ve said above, you need to be confident in warping your loom, which means you’ll need to have done it several times. As a rule of thumb I’d suggest that you should be familiar with at least two structures (e.g. you’ve used both plain weave and twill) and can appreciate the difference between them. However, if you’re in doubt, just ask me.
No! I know there are some great weaving groups on Facebook, but I am not a fan of the way Facebook groups work, which is far too complicated for me. I’ve chosen a platform where I can host a private Weaving Space community and keep the focus on the weaving rather than the system. I think you’ll like it!