Weaving 2020

Weaving with Marie Henderson  – Three different classes.

NOTE:  two of the classes start one week before term

All three classes run 6 weeks only

Weaving: On a 4 shaft loom

– Tuesdays 1 pm – 3.30 pm –

–  Thursdays 6.30 – 9 pm –

Weaving: Weave a Bag or Two – Wednesday 1 pm – 3.30 pm –

Weaving is on the First Floor Mill Building.


I learned to weave when I was a teenager and went on to a weaving school in Sweden.  Have then taught weaving in evening classes in Sweden and now here at the Poldrate.   At the weaving school I was introduced to different braiding techniques and my curiosity has taken me further in this subject.  I’m a member of the Braid Society.  I weave mainly fabric for dress making, and usable items, not pictures. I like combining different techniques in my work.

Weaving: On a 4 shaft loom with Marie Henderson

This class is aimed for either beginners of weaving or weavers that aren’t confident to calculate their material and dress their loom. The class runs over 10 weeks but with 8 classes of 2.5 hrs. The class is mainly for people with their own 4 shaft table loom, we have a few to let over the run of the class.
You will be setting up a woollen scarf as your first project. To get everybody started, this project will be calculated for you and then we will go through it and I will explain how to do the calculation. The following project you will calculate yourself with my assistance.  The yarn cost for your first project is £5.
You will learn how to:
Calculate your material usage; warp up your design; dress your loom; – everything from fitting the warp on to the cloth beam; read your instructions how to feed the warp through the heddles and reed; tie up the weft beam; weave – learn how to read the weaving diagram; how to make bobbins; how to get a nice selvedge; how to finish off your cloth. You will be given handouts with instructions for calculations of warp and weft and other main points for managing by yourself in the future.

Weaving –  Weave a Bag (or Two!)

Weave a bag or two using a rigid heddle loom or a 4 shaft loom. We weave both the fabric for the bag using a rigid heddle loom or a 4-shaft loom and we weave the handles using a heddle or tablets. Participants need their own loom for the fabric but the heddles/ tablets will be provided. Yarn that will be used is cotton which the participant will provide. Please contact me before class starts to receive details of yarn requirements.

Class of 15 hours over six week term.