London Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers – workshop

Jo Atherton's Flotsam Weaving workshop

Jo Atherton’s Flotsam Weaving workshop

I will be running a full day flotsam weaving workshop with the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers on Saturday 29 October 2016 at St Stephen’s Church, 48 Emperor’s Gate, London, SW7. Past courses have been short taster sessions of an hour or so, but this workshop will allow you to learn more about the technique for making your own loom and creating a much larger tapestry. All materials are provided and the loom is yours to keep and use again. It will be an opportunity to really indulge in the process and create something truly unique.

Jo Atherton's Flotsam Weaving workshop

Jo Atherton’s Flotsam Weaving workshop

For those of you familiar with traditional weaving, this is an opportunity to unpick those established techniques and approach the loom from a mixed media point of view to construct a weaving from the most unexpected found objects.

Conversely, if you have never tried weaving before, this is a great workshop to experiment with mixed materials, using a loom and learning about the links between weaving and storytelling. This full day Flotsam Weaving Workshop offers a chance for allegorical exploration and an exciting new approach to a traditional craft.  

Work created during Jo Atherton's Flotsam Weaving workshop

Work created during Jo Atherton’s Flotsam Weaving workshop

Participants are invited to bring along any materials they might like to incorporate into their tapestry. ‘Flotsam’ could refer to old clothes, fabrics, buttons, ribbons or even the beads of a once-loved necklace. Shells, twigs, vines or any other natural materials could also be included.

A collection of beachcombing finds from the East Anglian and Cornish coasts will be provided along with Thames mudlarking finds, buttons, ribbons, textiles, string and wool, giving us a huge variety of everyday objects to work with.

Cost – £50 to include all materials and a loom to keep and use again

Please email joanna.atherton@gmail.com in the first instance.

Booking essential.

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