A unique opportunity to weave on a loom which was in common use in Shetland for thousands of years. Learn the process of how to set up and weave on this ancient, but simple and versatile form of loom. Students will make a warp, tie it on the loom and weave a piece of cloth suitable for a place mat, pot stand or pot holder, and gain an understanding of how this loom works. Looms and yarn are provided but you might want to bring extra decorative yarn/material to personalize you weaving.
Materials: Materials are included. Lunch is provided, please contact us with any special dietary requirements.
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Elizabeth has knitted from childhood learning age-old skills from family. She began with knitting Fair Isle and then moved on to lace. Constantly refining finishing skills, Elizabeth progressed to working with knitting machines. Her main desire had always been to learn to spin, and she eventually bought her first spinning wheel in 1978… she has acquired a fair few since! Spinning has become the main focus in her life and business, Shetland Handspun, producing handspun yarns, patterns and kits, as well as garments which are all handknitted in her handspun yarns. She is also a keen dyer, and can get the most beautiful colours always using natural dyes. She is a co-writer of a newly published book “The Warp Weighted Loom”.
Skill level: Open for beginner weavers and floor loom weavers of any level.
Transport: Buses leave from Viking Bus Station (Service no.6, at 9.00) regularly travelling to Sandwick (a 6 minute walk to the Visitor Centre). We suggest you ask the driver to let you off by the Carnegie Hall. Folk regularly travel from Lerwick, with lifts and car sharing usually available especially for the return journey to Lerwck. If necessary we can offer a lift from Hoswick to Lerwick. Please email us if you need assistance with transport.
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