I signed up for an introduction to weaving workshop at the Handweavers and Spinner Guild of Victoria at the beginning of this year. It's a 5-week course, one evening per week. The first workshop started last week. The reason for my wanting to learn weaving came from the the loom given to me by a dear friend. On the tour I had a little taste of weaving on a traditional Japanese loom. The loom was dressed and ready for us to weave. Our weaving consisted of throwing the shuttle left and right together with the paddles we had to move up and down with our feet. To my surprise, I loved it! It was comforting that I actually like weaving. After paying big dollars for my workshop I was looking forward to it.
The first workshop introduced us to the table loom we are going to be using. It looked somewhat baby-like compared to the floor loom I weaved on in Japan. We learned the different names of the parts of the loom. I have been watching a YouTube video by Elizziewag of "How to weave on a loom". Yes, learn weaving by YouTube, I highly recommend it...!
Next we were shown how to "making a warp" on a warping frame. The colour was a bit bright for me, but there was not a large choice of threads for us to use. I hope to tone it down by using just one weft colour.
At the end of my first weaving workshop I got my warp thread ready to dress my loom in the next workshop. For the first piece we are just making a sample. On the next piece we can design our own using our choice of threads. I do want to use my eco-dyed silk to weave sakiori (rag weaving). Let's hope I can.
I'm so glad to find that there were young ladies taking the weaving workshop too. Our teacher Ilka is a very experienced weaver and teacher. She teaches a textiles course at RMIT University as well as working with many fashion designers in Australia.
This is the piece of weaving I did on the tour. It's about 15" x 10" in size. Big enough for a tray cloth or small table. I love the colour on this cloth.
These are two pieces of woven cloths. One is a tea-towel and the other one is a needle book made by Jean as gifts for me. Thank you Jean. I hope I will be able to weave like this one day so watch this space for some weaving articles I will show you.
Not much is happening here lately. It's winter down here and I do miss some sunshine. We have had a lot of rain too. I'm keeping warm in the heated building at work so I can't complain. I'm still stitching away on my boro vest. I hope to get it finished and to wear it before the end of winter.
Till next time