We’re sorry, this experience is not able to go ahead right now.
Due to the current lockdown measures, this experience is unable to take place between Thursday 4 November and Tuesday 2 December.
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Immerse yourself in the craft of weaving and learn how to make your own unique nature inspired wall hanging during this three hour experience. Whether you’re a complete beginner or have some previous experience with textiles, everyone is welcome.
Your experience will consist of a nature walk near the venue to gather inspiration to inform your weave and then two hours of weaving, drawing on the inspiration and ideas you have picked up. Naomi of Bristol company These Two Hands will host the nature walk. The weaving workshop will be be hosted by Mary, a textile artist who loves sharing her passion for weaving and creating a relaxed and supportive environment to enable students to explore their creativity.
During the workshop you'll learn how to warp your loom, design and plan your weaving and carry out a variety of weaving techniques. You will have a chance to experiment with a wide range of different yarns to create pattern and texture. Mary will help you turn your design ideas into a woven wall hanging, making sure to give each student one on one time during the workshop. Mary is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher and during your experience you'll find yourself switching off from the day to day and immersing yourself in the creative process. You’ll leave with your finished piece and the basic skills to continue your weaving journey.
You will be provided with a large range of vintage, recycled and natural yarns, sourced from small scale yarn providers. You'll weave in a small, socially distanced group of 5-6 people and a loom and all the materials you'll need will be provided on the day. Weaving kits and yarn will be available to purchase following the workshop.
Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.
The workshop will be taught in a small group of 5-6 attendees to ensure space for social distancing. Please bring a mask.
Please wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes for the nature walk and because it can get chilly in the studio.
Feel free to bring any inspirational material you wish to use to inform your weaving.
Parking is available on site.
Mary is a textile artist and the creator of this experience. She was a London lawyer when she bought her first loom and taught herself to weave. What started out as a hobby to do in the evenings soon became a passion and she decided to leave law to focus full time on weaving, sharing her passion with others through her workshops. She left London for Bristol two years ago in search of a slower pace and to be closer to the countryside. One of the many reasons Mary loves weaving is that there are few rules and there is huge scope to be creative and express your own personality and style. She finds the process of weaving both meditative and freeing and enjoys being able to share this with her weaving students. Her weaving experiences give people a chance to completely switch off and explore their creativity in a relaxed, supportive environment. Mary's woven work is heavily influenced by the natural world and her travels in nature. Her first book "Weaving" published by Quadrille has just been released.View more experiences by Mary Maddocks
Mary will be your host, guiding you through the process of warping up your loom and weaving your ideas into a finished piece . She’ll help you release your creative spark and has the ethos that in weaving, there is no right or wrong when it comes to expressing your ideas. As well as teaching you how to make your finished piece, she'll help you to finish your experience with the basic skills of weaving to enjoy at home.
Ask your question directly to Mary Maddocks.