Creative Fibre Workshop
Tutor: Louise Cook
This workshop is to introduce the group to free-style SAORI weaving.
- Greet, introduce self, give information re Health and Safety.
- Establish hours eg morning and afternoon breaks, start and finish times on each day.
- Group introductions.
- Give a brief history of SAORI weaving and the philosophies.
- Instruct on bobbin winding, use of diﬀerent shuttles, and loom operation for SAORI loom users.
- Start weaving to establish that all are comfortable with the operation of their loom.
- Each weaver is in control of their own creation of a unique piece of cloth, the choosing of weave threads, the techniques to use and colours and treasures to try.
- Throughout the day gradually introduce the SAORI techniques which will result in the weaver’s cloth being unique with texture and colour.
- Reinforce often that SAORI weaving is freestyle, no rules, no mistakes.
- The edges of the cloth do not have to be even/straight.
- Encourage the sharing of ideas and methods any of the group have.
- Share from SAORI published information, selected passages to which the weavers may relate.
- Give positive reinforcement and encourage the weavers to weave for fun.
- Interact continually with all participants.
- At the conclusion of the workshop ask for suggestions as to the use of the weavers’ creations if they have thought about this yet.
|Available for:||National, local/area|
|Minimum No. of Participants||6|
|Maximum No. of Participants||10|
|Duration||6–12 hours, one or two days|
|Learning Outcomes||Weaving is not difficult. It is the crossing of threads.|
Weave with no outcome in mind and weave in the moment for fun.
It is easy to be creative with fibres by weaving and mixing colours and techniques.
For a weaver to become confident about creating a unique piece of cloth. This creation ofen displays the maker’s personality and with a little more consideration can become a useful item in the home or a garment to wear.
At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants would expect to take away: a length of cloth cut off a borrowed loom or remaining on their own loom to use. This is a unique piece of cloth and is similar to a sampler for future reference. It could become wall decoration, table runner, mending for a garment, a bag, a garment.
|Materials Required by Participants||Own warped up loom unless using a Saori loom, own weft threads, treasures, own loom/weaving tools|
|Materials Provided by Tutor||Workshop notes, looms if required, Shuttles, bobbins, threading hooks, spare warps, cones of threads of various types, colours and textures, treasure basket, Scissors. Examples of weaving.|
|Advance Preparation||A warped loom or notice to organiser they wish to use a Saori loom.|
|Classroom Facilities||Chairs, tables suitable for placing looms on, space enough for ease of movement by the workshop participants.|