Beginners Backstrap Weaving- with special guest Alex

From: £85.00

Come sit down in the studio and learn the wonderful and super portable art of Backstrap Weaving with Alex!

Get a whole body connective experience while you learn the ancient craft of backstrap weaving!

Alex will take you through her personal story with backstrap weaving, some history and also how the backstrap loom is structured and how it works – with some incredible samples to show you the complexities and endless options of weaving in this style.

You will then learn how to set up your loom from scratch for tapestry weaving. We will start with attaching the warp strings from the back to front beam with the right tension, then we will attach the shed stick and heddles.

You will also learn how the mechanics of the loom work with the movement of your body, basic stitching, weft interlocking and how to add the third beam to your weaving when your weaving becomes longer as your progress. Finishing techniques to remove your work from the loom will also be covered.

With a small class size of just 6 people, you will receive copious amounts of hands on support and help x

All materials and tools are provided for this workshop including…

  • A backstrap loom – to use during the session (available to purchase after the class if you love this!)
  • Access to our vast collection of yarn and fibre for weaving
  • PDF emailed to all participants after the class

No experience necessary. All interested textile enthusiasts welcome.

Please note, for this workshop you will be sitting on the floor – bring something comfy to sit on! I’ll have the heating on x

20% off for MT Members


Can I cancel my booking?

Afraid not. Our Guest teachers are special to us and we need them to be compensated for their effort fairly. Plus the admin is a nightmare so we do not offer refunds on these workshops. All bookings are final.

You are welcome to send a friend in your place if you are no longer able to make it, just give us a heads up.

What materials will we be using?

All sorts! Cotton or wool will be used for the warp and then you will have access to our full range of yarns and fibres in the studio to weave with.

What if I don't finish?

You won’t. Backstrap Weaving is a marathon and not a sprint. This workshop is designed to give you an understanding in this style of weaving and if you love it, you will be able to purchase a kit to take home at the end of the session.

Do I have to sit on the floor?

Quite Possibly. We understand this is not ideal for our bodies, however bring along a cushion to sit on, or bring a couple for ultimate comfort!

Beginners Backstrap Weaving- with special guest Alex

From: £85.00

Who is Alex?

Alex grew up between Poland and the UK, and graduated from Central Saint Martins with a BA in Textile Design.

Working primarily with woven textiles, her work is a personal quest for escapism, nostalgia and a sense of innocence.

Drawing on stories, whether it be early memories or imaginary worlds, her work is often humorous and self-deprecating.

Having been trained on traditional looms, she has adapted her practice to weaving on an ancient backstrap loom. The process of weaving in this medium becomes a full-body experience, where the loom relies on the careful balancing of my body, the sticks and the yarn.

She has taught at MT before, and we are excited to have her back!

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