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Coming up in our workshop programme…

Useful to know:
If you book for a workshop which has to be postponed due to a pandemic development we will offer you new dates. In the meantime we have covid mitigations in place for all of our workshops & weekly classes which include; all attendees to be up to date with all covid vaccinations unless medically exempt, face masks to be worn at Handweavers, hand sanitiser conveniently available and windows open for ventilation.

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: 6-7 & 13-14 May 2022 - Fully Booked
    Date: 1-2 & 8-9 July 2022 - Fully Booked
    Date: 14-15 & 21-22 October 2022
    Date: 2-3 & 9-10 December 2022
    Time: First Day 10:15 - 17:00 other days 10:00 -17:00
  • Price: £345 - 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: Brenda Gibson
  • Date: 25 June 2022 - Fully Booked
    Date: 12 October 2022
    Date: 5 November 2022
    Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Price: £99 - deposit £25

Blocks!

This one day workshop is aimed at intermediate and experienced weavers who can follow patterns. You will learn to read and understand block weave drafts and how structures can be combined in blocks to create pattern and textural effects. You will work on a variety of warps and finish the day with a collection of samples. We will give you handouts containing drafts of all the warps covered in the workshop as well as explanations.

  • Tutor: Charlotte Grierson
  • Date: 21 May 2022 3 places remaining
    Time: 10:00 -17:00
  • Price: £95.00

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:

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: 11 June 2022 - Fully Booked
    Date: 10 September 2022 - Fully Booked
    Date: 29 October 2022
    Time: 10:15 -17:00
  • Price: £99 - deposit £25

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:

Terrific Tassels

Tassels never go away, but at the moment they are THE embellishment and being found everywhere…
Jessica, professional tassel maker and passementerie weaver, is going to show us how to make colourful creative key tassels that you can hang off handles, homewares and handbags.
You'll be taught two tassel making techniques, as well as how to spin your own cords and bindings, using traditional centuries old skills with a contemporary twist. Go home with a lovely tassel, or two, to be proud of!

  • Tutor: Jessica Light
  • Date: 12 November
    Time: 14:00 - 16:30
  • Price: £45 - deposit £25 - all materials included

Modern Tapestry

Come on your own, with friends, or family for an afternoon where you will be inspired by textile artist Sophie as she teaches you 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: TBC
  • Date: TBA Time 14:00 - 16:30
  • Price: £45 - deposit £25

Weekly Weaving Classes

Evenings: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 18:00 - 20:30

Afternoons: Tuesday and Thursday 13:30 - 16:00

Mornings: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 12:30

Our weekly weaving classes (organised into three 10 week terms - autumn, spring and summer @ £205 per term) are suitable for all levels of weaving experience. Every student is assigned a modern 8 shaft loom that will be ‘theirs’ to weave on for the term.

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 of weaving 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 time slot you are interested in.


For further information, or to book a place in a workshop or class, call 020 7272 1891, email us at courses@handweavers.co.uk, 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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