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Event: London Craft Week

London Craft Week (LCW) returns for its seventh edition with a curated programme of events across the capital, showcasing exceptional craftsmanship and creativity from emerging and celebrated makers. This represents LCW’s most ambitious, wide-ranging festival to date, featuring over 380 events, more than 450 makers and over 240 partner organisations.

From heritage crafts to immersive experiences to pioneering practices using the latest materials and technology, LCW celebrates the art of making and champions the talent, skill and stories of both independent makers and behind leading luxury brands. With workshops, tours, tastings, pop-up stores and unique exhibitions over seven days, visitors are invited to engage with extraordinary craftsmanship from London and beyond, with 31 countries represented in this year’s programme.

Spanning the fields of art, design, craft, luxury, fashion, food and beauty, the festival will highlight how the pandemic has been a catalyst for creative development and new collaborations, spotlight innovative sustainable practices and showcase unique, collectable pieces that enrich our lives and homes.

London Craft Week runs from 4th-10th Oct 2021
You can find the programme of events by clicking here

With thanks to LCW organisers for text and images

Study Day: Marianne Straub | School of Textiles

Marianne Straub: A Weaver’s Life

On Marianne’s birthday, the School of Textiles celebrate her incredible life with a special study session lead by one of her close friends and colleague, Mary Schoeser.

After an introductory talk on Marianne’s work, Mary will lead a special detailed study session on her personal and commissioned woven fabric samples.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Marianne’s contribution to industry through her extensive knowledge of woven structures, followed by further a study session using Marianne’s personal collection of world and historical textiles.

Venue: School of Textiles, Coggeshall
Date: Saturday 23rd September 2017
Time: 10am – 3pm
Price: £35.00


Tapestry workshops: Caron Penney

img_4089Tapestry Workshops, Mill Studio, Near Arundel, West Sussex.

Dates: 31st Jan – 14th March,  every Tuesday

Caron Penney will lead a series of  one day Tapestry Workshops investigating, colour theory, overlays, blending and hatching, all skills required to make contemporary tapestry.

Working on pre-warped frames, the workshops will also investigate basic warp and weft structures
and settings. By the end of each class students will have completed a small woven tapestry. It is
preferred that students have a beginners knowledge of weaving or tapestry weaving.

The workshops begin on the 31 January and run until 14 March. There are additional Tapestry
Critique half days if at the end of the 6 weeks students would like to discuss their work with a view
to further development, these are on the 28 March and 4 April. These take place in a friendly,
encouraging environment.

About the Tutor:
Caron Penney is a Master Tapestry Weaver who has worked with artists as varied as Tracey Emin,
Gillian Ayres, and Martin Creed. She studied at Middlesex University to achieve her BA (Hons)
Degree in Constructed Textiles in 1993 and studied for her PGCE in 2001 at Portsmouth
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Tapestry Weaving Workshop: Caron Penney

Caron Penney

Tapestry Weaving Workshop

Dates: 7 – 10 September
Times: 10 – 5pm
Lunch 1.00 – 2.00pm
Level: Beginners and improvers.
Tutor: Caron Penney
Assisted by: Katharine Swailes (Thursday – Saturday)

Course Description
This is a lively and varied workshop. It is designed to develop and encourage weavers to look deeper into the technique of tapestry weaving. The course relies on both experienced weavers and new students to create an exciting dialogue. Experimentation, dexterity and a sense of fun and risk taking are encouraged.

Those students that are more experienced should bring ideas which can be manipulated, enlarged and used as a vehicle to make an exciting development in your work. Design approaches which will be encouraged include those exploring geometric / graphic mark-making.
There will be a series of demonstrations to help the students progress through the four day workshop.

Beginners will be guided through the basic techniques, starting with warping up a frame.

Course held at The Mill Studio – New House Farm Barns Ford Lane, Ford, Arundel, BN18 0EF

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Weave Courses – Devon

Laura Thomas Rule BreakingTwo course are being offered by Laura Thomas and Rosalie Neilson at the Devon Weavers Workshop

Laura Thomas 2 – 4 April 2016
Rule breaking weaving

A workshop that is designed to encourage participants to break the rules of weaving, and push themselves outside of their comfort zones. The workshop will begin with a discussion and exploration of what the definition of weaving is and what the ‘rules’ are.

Participants will discuss what their preferred yarns, colour palettes and usual outcomes are. They will then be encouraged to do the opposite! As many samples as possible will be woven, many of which could then be further processed exploring finishing techniques such as devoré, discharge dyeing, melting, pleating, burning etc.

Weavers will be encouraged to explore ideas unencumbered by the restraints of functionality. Laura will bring a range of weft yarns for students to experiment with, detailed handouts, tools/materials to explore some finishing techniques, plus a portfolio of samples to look at.

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Katherine Swailes & Caron Penney: Tapestry Exhibition & Workshop


Katharine Swailes and Caron Penney will be exhibiting at Zimmer Stewart Gallery  June 6 – 27th 2015. They both travelled repeatedly to New York City over a twelve year period whilst working on a large commission. During this influential time both artists were inspired by the urban landscape, street architecture, museum collections and natural environment. Mapping this journey through photography, note taking and sketches to their resulting work in woven textiles.

 ‘Manhattan’ is the beginning of a new chapter for both the artists, one which has involved shedding the past and emerging into new avenues.

 Swailes has created textiles for over 20 years, specifically working in tapestry for the last two decades. She specialises in both conventional flat wall works and smaller three-dimensional, sculptural pieces – as well as weaving large scale commissions at West Dean Tapestry Studio. Swailes is interested in the constructively open ended nature of the medium.

 Recent works explore the textures, systems and structure of Central Manhattan – using a limited palette of techniques, materials and colour. The inclusion of gold thread offers a contrast in structure to the natural fibres of cotton, linen and wool. This latest series of works draws on the collections in museums, the parks and streets of Manhattan.

 Penney has also been producing tapestries for over 20 years and is a Master Tapestry Weaver. As well as working on high-profile commissions for the West Dean Tapestry Studio and her own Weftfaced Tapestry Workshop, Penney is a prolific exhibition-led weaver in her own right. ‘A defining characteristic of her oeuvre as an artist is the use of visual semiotics in expressing autobiographical themes’ (from Tapestry, A Woven Narrative: Black Dog Publishing 2012).

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Ribbons & Trims Workshop: Ayse Simsek

summer school imageAyse Simsek will be running a ribbons and trims weaving workshop from 13th July – 17th July 2015. The workshop will be using 8 shaft table-top looms and participants will be designing and making ribbons and decorative trims which can be used for a variety of end uses including; fashion, accessories, interiors and other craft projects.

This workshop provides the perfect platform to both begin to learn the process of loom set-up and to get to grips with some weaving techniques, as you will be working on a small scale. Experienced weavers also very welcome. All the skills you learn are fully adaptable to create larger fabrics on a loom.

The workshop will start by designing a ribbon warp based on colours and yarns that inspire you. Participants will  be guided through the process of making a warp, putting it onto a loom and threading up and how to weave. Using a variety of materials and techniques you are encouraged to experiment finding designs that you like, which  participants will  produce in longer lengths. At the end of the week the finished pieces will be taken off  the loom, and  potential  finishing techniques discussed and the end use of the ribbons and trims

Ayse Simsek gained her MA from The Royal College of Art, is a professional weaver and works term time as Weave Technician at Central Saint Martins.

Times: 10 – 16.00 each day.
Venue: Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London. Kings Cross site

To book:

Booking is open until the course start date


Courses: Devon Weavers Workshop

DWW courseDevon Weavers Workshop run courses for intermediate and experienced weavers, at their well equipped workshop in Totnes, Devon . The workshop has a dobby loom, a computer loom, several floor looms and Louet table looms. The Tutors are professional British weavers and visitors from America who run 3 to 4 day workshops to share their particular expertise. The Workshop would like to be able to offer places on these courses to other weavers.

Barbara Walker, from Oregon, USA, is booked to teach at Devon Weavers Workshop in October 2014. Barbara is an multi-talented, award-winning weaver, a regular contributor to Handwoven magazine, and many other publications.

Barbara is an experienced and excellent teacher and welcomes a broad spectrum of weaving ability in her classes. This is a rare opportunity to broaden weaving skills and learn from a true master. The courses will be run as ‘round robins’ and full warping instructions will be given well ahead of each course. There are plenty of weavers in DWW willing to help those who need it to warp up their looms. You will have with a lovely selection of samples for your records from whichever course you choose.

Course 1: Warp  Patterning
Dates: 21 – 23 Oct 2014
Price: £195.00 non members
Deposit: £50.00, final balance 21st September 2014

This three-day, round-robin workshop for intermediate and advanced weavers covers turned drafts and a wide range of supplementary warp applications. It proves that two warps are definitely better than one. Why confine yourself to only one warp? The use of two or more warps opens up new and exciting opportunities for adding pattern to cloth. After learning to dress a loom with more than one warp you will explore many patterning techniques, most of which require only one shuttle. Sample weaving includes turned drafts, large-scale patterns, small-scale motifs, loom-controlled embellishments, and combining warp and weft patterning.
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Print/Weave dual city course: London/Istanbul

csm weave workshop1low resDual City Course
Istanbul/London: Print /Weave
16th June – 11th July

Istanbul 16th June – 26th June
Taught by Nesrin Türkmen, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

The 2 week course in Istanbul will introduce you to screen printing on textiles and give the opportunity to create your own collection of printed textiles by utilising the same pattern with a variety of compositions and colour combinations. Studio and workshop sessions will be complemented by visits to places of interest, such as bazaars to buy woven/printed fabrics

Week 1 will concentrate on building design and preparing screens for printing.
Week 2 will be based in the workshop creating various techniques and compositions to make printings on various fabrics. The course aims to introduce you to screen-printing and provide the confidence to experiment printing on your own fabrics.

London: 1st – 11th July
Taught by Ayse Simsek, Central Saint Martins, University or The Arts London.

The second part of the course will take place in Central Saint Martins’ weave department where you will create a collection of hand-woven fabric samples using a table-top loom, inspired by your time in Istanbul and the prints you produced there.

You will be introduced to hand weaving starting with the technical aspects of loom set-up and how it can affect the final product leading to you making your own samples. By rotating round a number of looms during the nine days you will have an opportunity to create a variety of different samples using different techniques – combining different yarns colours and weave patterns to create something unique to you. You will create a collection of beautiful samples that will be an impressive addition to your portfolio.

No experience of weave is required to attend this course; however you will be expected to develop your own weave designs and patterns so some design experience will be useful.
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Courses: Tapestry weaving

Caron PenneyIntroduction to Tapestry Weaving
Tutor: Caron Penney

Fashion and Textiles Museum,
83 Bermondsey St,
London SE1 3XF
Tel: 020 7407 8664
Dates: 3rd – 4th July 2014,
Times: 11.00am – 4pm each day, this workshop requires a minimum of five students to run.

In this two day workshop students will learn the basic weave techniques used to create a tapestry, these include plain weave, soft diagonals, hatching, blending and shaping. The course will start with a demonstration of the warping-up process and participants will get experience of this process before starting to weave. By the end of the workshop participants will take home a completed tapestry sample.

There will be group tuition and demonstrations during the two day workshop which is suitable for beginners – intermediate levels.
The workshop costs £160.

To discuss the course content please contact the tutor at
To book a place,  telephone 020 7407 8664 or contact the Fashion and Textile Museum

Explore Tapestry Weaving
Tutor: Caron Penney

West Dean College,
West Dean,
West Sussex,
PO18 0QZ
Tel: 01243 811301
Dates: 9th – 15th August 2014, this workshop requires a minimum number of students to run.

This workshop is designed to elp complete beginners, intermediate weavers and returning students to develop a clear understanding of the basic structure and materials of tapestry. Introductory techniques will be covered initially; they include shaping and shading.

More complex techniques can be considered during the workshop they include, interpretative skills, circles, using supplementary warps, or making textured tapestry.

An illustrated talk will cover other weavers’ work and reference material will be available throughout the workshop. There will also be a visit to the West Dean Tapestry Studio during the course.

The workshop costs £623 (5% online discount).

To discuss the course content please contact the tutor at
To book a place telephone 01243 811301 or contact West Dean College

To view the course details please visit this link