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Events: Patternity: Patten Power / Superstripe


Dates: 6th – 21st APRIL 2013

Venue: London Newcastle Project Space – 28 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DP

Pattern Power / Superstripe is the first in a series of annual events exploring the powerful presence of pattern and it’s ability to positively inspire and connect us all.

Visitors will be immersed in an intriguing and tactile world of stripes as Patternity transport their iconic curation and ethos of ‘celebrating pattern everywhere’ boldly into the real world.

Look up, down and around the 3000sqft gallery space and uncover a rich and inspiring archive of one of life’s most striking and engaging patterns.

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Seminar: Laura Fry – wet finishing handwoven cloth

tn_angoraMagic in The Water: Wet Finishing Handwoven Cloth

Saturday 4th May 2013, 10:30am to 5.00pm

Laura Fry will share her extensive experience in different ways of approaching wet finishing handwoven cloth. She will show samples of finishes, demonstrate fulling, and discuss mangling and compression. The seminar is at Belinda Rose, Scotland

Participants may bring things they have woven for feedback on how to wet finish.

Laura Fry is a well known international tutor and professional hand weaver from Canada. Read more on her blog.

Fee: £50.00. Numbers limited. To book a place, please call 01330 844409, or use the contact form.

Workshops: designing for the digital loom using Photoshop

garden_smThe workshops are suitable for those with experience of handweaving and using Photoshop. Participants should bring their own laptop with Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements installed.

Introductory workshops

Two day workshops provide an introduction to designing weave structures digitally in Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements specifically for weaving on a digital jacquard looms including the TC-1 & -TC-2 loom. The workshop will explain the TC-1 loom control programme. Participants will get experience of working with the TC-1 loom in the studio and have the chance to complete a design and a small test weave.

Three day workshops extend to designing more complex weave structures, such as lampas and specific weaves as requested.

One to one tuition is also available. Please contact Belinda Rose (details below) to discuss.
Next digital weaving workshop:

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th July 2013, 10.00am–5.00pm each day. This workshop requires a minimum number of 3 participants to run.

The workshop costs £250 (including £100 non-refundable deposit). The cost of warp yarns are included, students will supply weft yarns for their samples. The course is non residential. We can supply a list of local accommodation.

To discuss the course, and payment please call Belinda Rose on +44 (0)1330 844409, or use the contact form.

Yolke: a new company using UK weave manufacturers

YOLKE_DB-6974Launching this week, a new label Yolke.

Yolke is the brainchild of weave designer Heloise Ringner  and interior designer Anna Williamson. The label ensures all the woven products are make in the UK and they aim to ‘make life a little more beautiful’ with silk cushions, and super soft lambswool blankets all in unique Yolke prints and soft neon shades. The products focus on the quality and craftsmanship of UK homegrown textile industries. Yolke also have fashion items on sale.

The cushion fabrics have been woven at Vanners, Sudbury Suffolk and the blankets at the Cotswold Woollen Weavers.

Yolke sourced the commission weavers and yarn suppliers from The Weave Shed website.

Tel:+44 (0) 77860 72532

Feasibility Study: weave sampling & short runs facility – urgent survey

Toril Branche photo credit
Calling all weaver & designers

Laura Thomas is  currently undertaking some research for a feasibility study into providing support services to the weave sector. She has  compiled a short survey which she would be very grateful if you could fill  it in –

She realises how pressurised your time is, but hopes that the information gleaned from this survey will help secure funding for a much-needed weave facility which could directly benefit your business in the future.

Laura is working to an extremely tight timescale to submit this feasibility study and so would be extremely appreciative to receive your valuable answers, by this coming Saturday, 16th March.

Please do forward this link on to anyone you think might be interested and keen to offer their thoughts.
Photo credit: Toril Branche

The Peter Collingwood Trust – Award Application 2013


Future Fibres, Fabrics & Finishes – Seminar


Weave: A One Day Symposium: Stroud International Textiles

Presented by Stroud International Textiles

Saturday 11 May 2013
‘Weave’  is a one day conference will bring together a diverse group of experts to explore weaving and woven structures. The day will discuss how weaving has progressed and developed while continuing to delight in traditional textiles skills.

Confirmed contributor speakers are Laura Thomas; Nadia-Anne Ricketts; Eleanor Pritchard; Tim Parry-Williams; Deirdre Woods;
Helga Matos. Philippa Brock (Chair);

These are inspirational designer makers who test the boundaries of textile material and experiment with how far those boundaries can be pushed. The work they produce is exciting, beautiful, intelligent and inspiring.

The day will bring opportunities for makers and designers to contribute their specialist skills and knowledge of materials and encourage new systems and processes. The day will explore and discuss new techniques while basking in the pleasure of woven cloth.

Each contributor strives to push the expected boundaries of woven textile working with design, architects, fashion, science and interior design
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