Rigid Heddle weaving with BSU students

Rigid Heddle weaving using a back-strap

Rigid Heddle weaving using a back-strap

Exploring ideas using the 'Colour and Weave'

Exploring ideas using the ‘Colour and Weave’ technique

Fabric strips and Mixed Media used in the weft

Fabric strips and Mixed Media used in the weft

Samples for student's technical file and another developing creative ideas.

Samples for student’s technical file and another developing creative ideas.

I was invited by Bath Spa University to run workshops during this academic year for their first year students, to introduce them to weave as a constructed textile technique.

Using the Rigid Heddle with a back-strap, they were weaving in no time! The Textile Design students made wool warps in 2 colours, whereas those in Creative Arts had a free choice of yarns, resulting in some challenging weaving with mixed media in the weft.

The outcomes from this method of weaving are interestingly diverse; a woven ‘cloth’ can be created or an art piece using the warp like a ‘skeleton’ to trap twigs etc.

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