Master Class in Weave Design
A Home/Studio Study Course in Woven Fabric Design
AIM: To develop sensitivity to the elements involved in the design of a woven fabric. Students will be given projects practicing the technical and creative skills required for designing original and innovative woven fabrics.
It is tailored for weavers who wish to achieve a high level of sensitivity in all the elements of weave design, by participating in a comprehensive and structured programme of study. It requires a huge amount of dedication and time to weave a huge amount of samples exploring weave, colour, sett, yarn and finish.
This course as taught before is no longer available. Too many students were not doing the in depth weaving homework.
After six years of teaching this course however 21 students have graduated successfully.
I have however been asked to teach the content of this course to individuals. The benefit of this is that there is more time to do the indepth sampling required. It will be completed at the students own time scale. If you are interested please contact me.
- Compile an historical and contemporary textile research portfolio using words and pictures.
- Produce sketchbook ideas and mood board inspirations.
- Create colour theory and yarn dyeing sample file.
- Collate a fibre and yarn sample file.
- Weave approximately 40 weave structure samples developing fabric designs using Plain Weave, Twills, Satin and Sateen, Extra weft, Extra warp, Warp dominant and Weft dominant structures.
- These fabrics will illustrate - Colour, Stripes, Textures, Blocks, Curves, Figurative and Two and Three-dimensional cloths.
- Produce two finished pieces suitable for Clothing Fabrics, Interior fabrics, Rugs, and/or Art Fabrics.
- Keep accurate design record sheets of Materials, Sett, Calculations, Weave, Threading and Lifting plans.
- Illustrate various fabric finishing techniques and product finishing techniques.
- Professional presentation of all the above components.
- Develop critical analysis and evaluation skills
The course will be covering designs requiring 4 and 8-shaft looms or more.
I just love my yarn file – it is like a sweety box
Joan Scriven, Surrey
Thank you for another inspirational five days .…. looking forward to all the homework and the next session.
Marilyn Burton, Bristol.
‘I hope that you have recovered from the very exciting and exhausting days of Session 6. It was another fantastic course pulling together so much that we have done, and encouraging us now to focus on designing for specific purposes
Sue Briggs, Taunton.