The Weavers’ Workshop heads for The Handweavers Studio, London

On a very cold, wet, sleety February day, six members of The Weavers’ Workshop went on a visit to the Handweavers Studio in London last Friday to investigate what was on offer and purchase wool, books  and equipment for a variety of weaving projects. The owner, Dawn, hosted a very informative session on what to think about when selecting wool and considering design elements and textural quality.

Weaving, while on the face of it a simple process, involves a host of decisions on colour, texture, drape, handling and amount of shrinkage as well as the suitability of the spun wool for the project in hand. Who would have thought fuzziness versus shiny-ness would require particular consideration when calculating numbers of warp ends per inch. There is no doubt that loom weaving is a creative and technical skill  with boundless possibilities and Dawn’s sound advice was to create sample pieces before launching into the main project  – she assured us that samples provide a valuable insight into how materials  behave when woven and washed and reduce the potential for abortive time and effort.

Armed with their new found knowledge, TWW members browsed the contents of the shop and came away armed with all sorts of goodies to keep them busily weaving over the coming months.

The visit would not have been complete without a trip to a suitable tea shoppe and Honey and Co in Warren Street provided the vital sustenance needed for the journey home at the end of a cold, wet day.

We all agreed it had been an enjoyable outing and appreciated Margaret’s efforts in setting up  the trip.

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