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Handweavers Annual Shutdown - Saturday May 4 to Saturday 18 May (inclusive)

Orders placed during this period will still be processed as normal & will be despatched after the 18 May.

Coming up in our workshop programme…

Useful to know:
We kindly request that you do not attend a workshop if you are feeling poorly.
Hand sanitiser will be conveniently available and windows open for ventilation - if the weather is cool we suggest wearing layers.

Introduction to Weaving

This four-day workshop (2 consecutive days on 2 consecutive weeks) is the ideal way to start if you have never woven before, or want a refresher course of the basics. Over the course you will also learn all the steps involved in getting a loom ready to weave, and what to do to finish your cloth properly once it’s woven. You also receive a substantial handout!

  • Tutor: Dawn Willey
  • Date: 5-6 & 12-13 April 2024 - Fully Booked
  • Date: 28-29 June & 5-6 July 2024 - Fully Booked
  • Date: 27-28 Sep & 4-5 Oct 2024
  • Time: First Day 10:15 - 17:00 other days 10:00 - 17:00
  • Price 2024: £355 - deposit £75

Introduction to Spinning

In this single day workshop you’ll start by learning how to prepare your fibre for spinning. Then you’ll move right into spinning, first of all using a drop spindle, then moving onto a wheel. You’ll cover the basic techniques for spinning and plying using wool. Within the day you should be able to complete a small skein and be well placed to continue practising on your own.

  • Tutor: Dawn Willey
  • Date: 23 March 2024 (Saturday) - Fully Booked
    Date: 10 April 2024 (Wednesday) - Fully Booked
    Date: 1 June 2024 (Saturday) - Fully Booked
    Date: 19 June 2024 (Wednesday)
    Date: 21 Sept 2024 (Saturday)
    Time: 10:15 - 16:30
  • Price 2024: £105 - deposit £35

Spinning for Improvers

You’re making yarn, the fibres hang together, but you have questions, and would like to expand your repertoire...
Join this workshop to discover how different fibre preparations, yarn drafting and plying
techniques change your yarn - and have fun along the way!
You’ll leave this workshop with new skills, spun samples and the confidence to make
your own combination of choices for the fibres and yarns you want to spin.

  • Tutor: Dawn Willey
  • Date: TBA
    Time: 10:15 -17:00
  • Price: £105 - deposit £35

Learn, Make & Take

Learn to set up a rigid heddle loom & weave a scarf to wear home!

This workshop will introduce complete beginners to the rigid heddle loom and the world of weaving. It will suit knitters looking to try something new, spinners whose yarn collection is growing faster than they can knit, anybody fearful of complex looking looms, plus crafters who like to produce a finished item as they learn a new skill! As usual with our workshops, all materials will be provided.

  • Tutor: Dawn Willey
  • Date: 20 April 2024 - Fully Booked
  • Date: 8 June 2024 - Fully Booked
  • Date: 14 Sept 2024

  • Time: 10:15 - 17:00
  • Price: £105 - deposit £35

Textures on the Rigid Heddle

Moving on from "Learn Make & Take"

Discover how a simple, but powerful, pattern pick-up stick - or two and some string - can be used to create a variety of versatile textures that will enable you to take weaving with your rigid heddle loom well beyond plain weave. The techniques you will learn can be applied to your projects - use them with a range of different yarns to create unique textiles suitable for a variety of purposes. This is the ideal follow-on workshop from the Learn, Make and Take; weave a scarf workshop.

  • Tutor: Dawn Willey
  • Date: TBA
    Time: 10:15 - 17:00
  • Price: £105 - deposit £35

Colour Blending in Tapestry

This workshop with start with a look at colour theory and then move onto practical application. First you will explore making mixes of yarn and then how to graduate them effectively as you weave - tapestry frames will already be warped up so that you can get weaving straight away!
After this the technique of Hatching will be explored for blending colours across the weave.
Your tutor is a practising tapestry weaver who is passionate about colour blending and looking forward to seeing you develop your colour skills.
This workshop is suitable for beginner and intermediate tapestry weavers.
Materials and equipment will be provided, and you will take home your practise weaving.

  • Tutor: Tapestry weaver Kat Radwanska
  • Date: 27 April 2024 (Saturday) 2024 - Fully booked
  • Date: 13 July 2024 (Saturday) 2024
  • Time 10:15 - approx 16:30
  • Price: £110.00 - deposit £35

Modern Tapestry

Come on your own, with friends, or family, for an afternoon where you will be inspired by your tutors as you learn the basic techniques to set up and weave your own unique wall hanging with a modern vibe!
You will take home your first small hanging plus the knowledge to follow through on this fascinating craft.

  • Tutor: Tapestry weaver Kat Radwanska
  • Time 14:00 - approx 17:00
  • Date: 25 May (Saturday) 2024 - Fully booked
  • Time 14:00 - approx 17:00
  • Price: £49 - deposit £35

Weekly Weaving Classes - shaft loom and tapestry

Shaft loom weaving Monday, Tuesday 18:00 - 20:30
Tapestry Weaving, Wednesday 18:00 - 20:30

Shaft loom only Tuesday and Thursday 13:30 - 16:00

Shaft loom only Mornings: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 12:30

Our weekly weaving classes are organised into three 10 week terms - autumn, spring and summer @ £210 per term. They are suitable for all levels of weaving experience, the tutor will assist you as appropriate for your level of skill. Every shaft loom student is assigned a modern 8 shaft loom that will be ‘theirs’ to weave on for the term (remains on our premises). Tapestry class participants can either use one of our frame looms (remains on premises) or their own loom if they wish to take it home to continue weaving during the week.

Class size is limited to 10 people, to enable the tutor to give as much support as possible to each individual. Beginners learn weaving basics, as their class tutor guides them through the entire weaving process with the Handweavers sampler (we will provide the materials for your beginner sampler) - once familiar with the process you will then be ready to work on your own projects with your tutor’s continued support. Improvers and more experienced weavers, work on their own projects with the support of the class tutor.

If you are interested in joining one of our weekly weaving classes we will be happy to put your name on the Weekly Classes waiting list - let us know which class you are interested in.

For further information, or to book a place in a workshop or class, call 020 7272 1891, email us at, or simply come into the shop and talk to us. We ask for a non refundable deposit to guarantee your place and cover our costs if you pull out; the balance of the fee is payable 15 days before the workshop. If you book within a month of the workshop we will ask you to pay the full amount at the time of booking, to keep the administrative work down.

All workshops are held at The Handweavers Studio. Workshops generally start at 10:15 and continue until late afternoon. The workshop fee frequently includes all materials; equipment is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer - just let us know beforehand.


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