Spin, Dye, Weave and Knit Workshop
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About this course

Spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting, are ancient crafts and have a long history.

This course will enable you to explore all those aspects of the crafts which are as important to us today as they were to our ancestors. The course is designed for anyone, from complete beginners to those with previous experience, who would like to build on their knowledge in a creative atmosphere.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to introduce you to various techniques of spinning, dyeing, weaving and knitting.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate your skills in one or all of the applications
  • Demonstrate your ability to experiment with different yarns and materials
  • Understand how to research and explore design ideas which can be expressed and incorporated into your work.

The following topics will be covered during the course:

  • Spinning a Variety of Fleeces - such as Jacob/South Down/Border Leicester
  • Dyeing a Fleece - dyeing hand spun or commercially spun yarns using natural dyes e.g. plants, berries and leaves which will have been gathered locally
  • Methods of Weaving - frame looms, inkle weaving, tablet weaving, tapestry weaving to four shaft table looms
  • Using Natural Materials - incorporating these materials into your work, including twigs and grasses for texture and interest
  • Hand Knitting - from basics using either commercially bought yarn or using your own hand-spun yarn
  • Knitting - used in an experimental way in artefacts such as rugs sweaters, cushions and wall hangings etc.
Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information
Please bring with you a notepad and pen and any suitable wools/yarns. Some will be available for you to purchase from the tutor at the first course session the cost of which will depend on your individual project; your tutor will advise you. Parts of a fleece can be purchased for approximately £2.00.

The following equipment is available for your use during course sessions: looms, carders, spinning wheels and warping frames.

The tutor will help you select suitable designs for your projects and will advise about choice of colours. You will be shown how to research ideas and stimulate inspiration and receive guidance and support to help you complete your project.

What could I do next?

You may wish to enrol on another of our creative courses here at Wiltshire College, including sewing and dress making, upholstery, printmaking, drawing and painting, creative writing and much more.