Bradford Textile Society Design Competition 2016 – Award Winners Ceremony and Exhibition

At the Award Winners Exhibition. The final design and development samples of my handwoven fabric.
At the Award Winners Exhibition. The final design and development samples of my handwoven fabric.

I travelled up to Bradford with friend and fellow Bath Spa University Alumni, Rosie Smith, for the Bradford Textile Society Design Awards on 6th May. Entering the annual competition for the first time as Independent Designers, we both received a Commendation for our woven designs in British Wool.

In my designs I used wool from different sheep breeds in a range of thicknesses to weave fabric for ‘throws’ in two weights. The colours developed from working with a variety of natural yellow, red and grey dyes which I extracted from plant (or other) substances, layering one over another.

The samples were woven in my studio, by hand (and feet!) on my restored old wooden floor loom.

More information and images here

Weaving for Beginners for Cotswold Conservation Board

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Stroudwater Textile Trust loaned this four shaft table loom for use on the course
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My four shaft counter balance floor loom, relocated to the visitors centre at the Old Prison, Northleach.

I have just taught my first course, Weaving for Beginners, as part of the Rural Skills Program that Cotswold Conservation Board/AONB offer to ensure that country skills survive.

The course offers hands-on experiences on a range of looms, from the simple rigid heddle and back strap, to a floor loom.

My floor loom has been relocated to the visitors centre where it will be on display and used in the weaving courses. The next course will take place on Saturday, 28th November.