A warping mill will be used to prep your warp then instructions given on how to dress a 4-shaft Ashford table loom. Once the loom has been dressed and after consultation with James, you can base your finished piece on a range of samples and weave notes supplied ranging from straight draft for beginners, pointed draft for intermediate and overshot constructions for the more advanced or confident students, all with the help and guidance of your tutor James Donald, so no experience necessary.
With a limit of 4 students, you will leave the weekend course with an understanding of cloth construction and finishing processes. Due to the advanced nature of the table looms being used students can take away the looms and finish their woven piece in their own time and returns the looms at a pre agreed time that suits. Additional help can be given should you require it by email.
The price is Inclusive of all materials, use of equipment and light refreshments.
For those who are unable to take away the looms to complete their projects, with advanced notification and for an additional payment of £50 students can stay on the following Monday to bring their pieces to completion.
The day begins at 9.30. Previously students have finished between 14.00 and 16.00. Please note that this course lasts the whole weekend.
A weaver for over 20 years, James Donald truly is a man of the cloth. After studying textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, he explored Australia before setting up PickOne in 1997 to hand-weave sumptuous fabric for clothing and occasional home wares collections.
At the core of his method is a creative marriage between contemporary technology and traditional hand-weaving techniques. The 32 shafts on his computerised loom allow him to showcase more complex designs in a wide range of yarns. Most recently, his collections have been exclusively crafted in merino lambswool.