After a lot of blood, sweat and almost tears the Weavers’ Workshop are proud to announce the start of their Coventry Blue Pop Up weaving project to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Coventry’s historic Weaver’s House to the public in July 2007.
The Weaver’s House tells the story of Coventry’s medieval woollen industry and what the life of an artisan weaver would have been like in 1540.
Coventry was famous at that time, for it’s fine woven blue cloth based on wool yarn dyed using imported woad from the continent, which was woven on broad looms and exported back to the continent.
The artisan weaver living in the Weaver’s House would not have produced cloth of this quality on his narrow loom but would have formed an important part of the weaving industry in the area at that time, producing un-dyed cloth destined to be made into work clothes for local people.
The pop up weaving project is an opportunity for members of the public to have a go at weaving a piece of Coventry blue cloth on a small scale using a 4 shaft table loom which has been warped up with woad dyed wool hand dyed by The Weavers’ Workshop, using ready spun wool sourced from Cheviot sheep.
Warping up the loom prior to weaving has been a logistical challenge and is by far the most labour intensive process of the weaving process, when a lot can go wrong – mis-threading the loom inevitably results in an imperfect weave – hence the involvement of blood, sweat and tears to make sure the warp threads are in their rightful places and all goes to plan!
The Weavers’ Workshop are very excited to be weaving their own version of Coventry Blue cloth (no one knows what shade the original Coventry Blue was) and giving members of the public an opportunity for a hands on experience of weaving.
The loom will ‘pop up’ at The Weaver’s House Open Days during 2017 and the Lunt Roman festival at Baginton on the 15th and 16th July 2017.