Classes & workshops
The Handweavers Studio & Gallery runs a wide range of workshops covering weaving, spinning, dyeing, tapestry weaving, and other yarn and fibre crafts. Our workshops are held regularly throughout the year for those wanting to learn to weave or spin, or wanting to refresh their memories after a long break. More specialist workshops cater for those keen to build on prior experience or explore a new aspect of a craft.
We also have weekly weaving classes, both daytime and evening, which are suitable for all levels, and a two-year part-time Diploma course. This is a two-year part-time weaving course for weavers who want to take their weaving to another level. Please see below for more information on all of these.
Textile Workshops & Classes
We run a variety of textile workshops and classes here at the Handweavers Studio & Gallery in London. Our workshops regularly cover techniques of hand weaving on shaft and rigid heddle looms, and hand spinning yarn. However during the year you will also find a range of other techniques appearing in our programme; such as tapestry weaving, tassel making, dyeing, macrame - and much more - workshops vary in length and skill level.
So whether you are a beginner, or looking to improve your skills we are sure that you will find the right workshop for you.
We also hold weekly weaving classes which are suitable for all skill levels, plus a two-year part-time Diploma course for loom weavers who want to take their weaving to another level.
Yarn Spinning Classes
In our Introduction to Spinning workshop (repeated regularly through the year) you will learn how to use a drop spindle and a spinning wheel; it is suitable for beginners and refreshers.
Complementing this class is a periodic Spinning for Improvers workshop where you can build confidence and expand your range of skills.
Loom Weaving Classes
Our four day weaving workshop, Introduction to Weaving is suitable for beginners and refreshers, is repeated regularly throughout the year. Over the course of two consecutive weekends you will learn how to get a loom ready to weave, experiment with a variety of yarns and weave structures, learn how to read weave notation and how to finish your cloth once it’s woven. You will take home your woven samples and a substantial handout!
Alternatively our one day Learn, Make & Take workshop introduces the simpler rigid heddle loom. In this class you not only learn how to set it up, but you’ll even be able to take home a finished scarf to show off your new skills.
Through the year improvers and advanced weavers are offered various technique workshops designed to enhance and expand their weaving repertoire.
In our single afternoon Modern Tapestry class you will learn how to set up a frame loom and how to weave a range of basic tapestry techniques. As you learn you will create a small wall hanging to take home - this is an ideal class for friends and family members to do together.
Weekly Weaving Classes
These mixed ability classes, organised into three 10 week terms per year - autumn, spring and summer - are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday evenings with morning and afternoon classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
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).
Improvers, and more experienced weavers, work on their own projects with the support of the class tutor.
Class size is limited to 10 people, to enable the tutor to give as much support as possible to each individual; every student is assigned a modern 8 shaft loom that will be ‘theirs’ to weave on for the term. If you would like to join the current waiting list please let us know which days/times could potentially work for you.
Please check our upcoming workshop programme where you will find a list of our workshops and classes.
The Handweavers Diploma
Under normal circumstances our next Diploma cycle would have commenced August 2021, shortly after the current one finishes. However due to uncertainties created by the pandemic we have taken the decision to delay it by 1 year, which means this course will recommence August 2022
If you are interested please take a look at the 2019-2021 prospectus where you will find more information and contact details.
You can see some work from a previous Diploma group here.