Courses

Course Hours
From 9.00am to 1.00pm and from 2.00 to 6.00pm.
Lunch from 1.00pm – 2.00pm. The workshop can stay open longer for those who wish to work independently.

Costs
A week of weaving costs € 350.00. This includes lessons, use of a loom and other equipment, coffee, tea, lunch with soup and bread (vegetarian) but excludes yarns. The yarns used are paid by weight at the end of the week. Bicycle hire, accommodation, breakfast and dinner are at the student’s own expense. Payment: 50% at registration, the remaining 50% two weeks prior to the course.
After the course a table loom with accessories can be hired for € 25 per month.
Alternatively, the loom can be purchased at the end of the week.

Accommodation
There are many options. A tent can be put up in the orchard. You can take showers, use the toilet and kitchen of the workshop. More luxurious B&B’s and apartments are located nearby.
Special rates have been negotiated for participants of weaving weeks. See links.

Bicycle hire
At the bicycle shop special rates apply for renting a bicycle.
See links.


The Workshop

The accommodation of the weaving centre is special: the former auditorium called De Haven of the Nederlandse Hervormde Kerk (Church) in Finsterwolde, a village in East Groningen. In 1925, the clergyman and the sexton have lived in the house adjacent to it. Built in the fifties, the auditorium consists of an entrance hall with toilet, a classroom of around 7m x 7m, a kitchen, bathroom, a barn and a stage. The large windows make the room nice and light.

In 2009 we renovated the building and made it accessible for wheelchairs. The yarn cupboards and new curtains have made it look very snug..


Western weaving

For young people from age 12, students and adult beginners
Teacher: Mirja Wark

Basic weaving
Four five-day weeks will provide you with a good basis for handweaving on table looms. Eight weaving techniques will be covered, two per course. Every day theory and practice will alternate. After one week you can take home two woven items. You can choose whatever is best for you: separate weeks or one consecutive course period. See the agenda for the options.
After the course you can continue independently.


Basic weaving 1 Warping, dressing the loom, weaving, rag rugs, Finnish Raanu
Content: What is weaving, weaving process, making a weaving plan, warp calculation, warp reeling, dressing the loom, loom knowledge, function of the loom, using stick and ski-shuttle, preparation of rags, stripe designs, weaving, rag weaving, warp finishes for coarse yarn, weaving technique, Raanu design, Raanu weaving, working with wool, notation of weaving, weaving on warp of double plied yarn.


Basic Weaving 2 Drafting, chequered patterns, fake patterns, colour theory, dyeing
Contents: Notation of weave patterns, weaving with square setting, warp-faced or weft-faced, determining the reed density for yarn, stripe warp reeling, creating and weaving a chequered pattern, weaving with a boat-shuttle, bobbin winding, weaving with fine yarn (cottolin or knitting cotton), finishing and after treatment, fine warp finishes, colour theory, colour wheel dyeing.


Basic weaving 3 Twill weaving, returning twill patterns, knowledge of materials
Content: basic twill, twill effects, weaving with wool, returning twill patterns in warp, weft and warp and weft direction, smooth and broken returns, broken thread repair, finishing of wool fabrics, knowledge of materials, yarn numbering, analysing unknown yarn.


Basic weaving 4 Tabby weave+, fabric analysis, false damask, band weaving
Contents: variations in sleying, designs for multiple types of yarns, warp with multiple yarns, weaving on a mixed warp, fabric analysis, false damask, wool carding, spinning wool on a spindle or on a spinning wheel, belt weaving with a comb, band weaving with pattern selections.


Beyond the basics
In-depth knowledge for people who have mastered the basics in four separate courses of one week.
During these courses weaving is studied in-depth. After one week you can use a floor loom. The topics addressed include: weave patterns, drafting, various types of looms, various notations, how to read books and magazines, tie-up of the loom and free application of patterns, exploring possibilities with more shafts, translating a design into the weave and designing for a project.

Beyond the basics A Various fabrics on one warp Honeycomb, corduroy, monks belt, design, applications, tertiary colour wheel dying, finishing techniques.

Beyond the basics B Overshots (Dräl, half dräl, simple dräl) Simple overshot, free overshot, classic large overshot, free large overshot. Weaving with tabby and pattern wefts, designs and applications.

Beyond the basics C Transparencies: lace weave, ajour, leno lace, Swedish lace, threaded and selected, working with a warping paddle.

Beyond the basics D Double weaving, double width, round, double faced, filled, designing for double weaving, notations, literature, tricks, warping paddle, fly-shuttle weaving.

Beyond the basics E Taqueté and Samitum, two old Persian weaving techniques. In the 80′s re-invented by Liban Pollet. Together with his students he refreshed the knowledge and wonderfull innovative fabrics resulted.


Workshops
Target group varies by theme.
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Rate: € 60 per person per day including lunch.
Children under 12 years € 30 per day.

  1. Rope-making: for everyone from elementary school children to grandfathers and grandmothers, one day
  2. Band weaving on a rigid heddle frame: everyone, as above, two days
  3. Basic card weaving: for 12 + persons, two days
  4. Band weaving on board with dual slots / holes: after band weaving course, two days
  5. Quick warping on the warping board and mill with the heddle frame: all weavers, one day

Tablet Weaving
Terminologie, gereedschap, materialen, inrijg kaarten, S en Z inrijging, notatie, structuren, inrijgen met kleuren, patronen, ontwerpen, afwerken, toepassingen.