Weaving Workshop with Christabel Balfour

Barbican Shop

Weaving Workshop in the Barbican Shop

A series of weaving workshops led by Christabel Balfour exploring the Barbican’s iconic design through the language of weaving.

The four-hour class will cover the basics of hand-weaving before building up to more advanced techniques. Participants will learn how to set up and warp their looms, create a fringe for their wall-hanging, and start weaving. They will then move on to building shapes, blending colours and creating texture with soumak and rya knotting.

Throughout the class participants will be encouraged to draw on the Barbican itself for inspiration, from the texture of the concrete, the geometric motifs of the architecture and even the light, sound and qualities of the space around them. The class will focus in particular on how weaving, with its grid of warp and weft, lends itself to geometric design.

Christabel Balfour is an experienced tapestry weaver and teacher. For more information about her weaving practice, visit her website here- www.christabel-balfour.co.uk

All materials will be provided, including a large selection of wools and yarns for participants to work with. Each person will receive their own handmade loom, weaving tools and instruction booklet to take home with them, along with plenty of wool to keep weaving with.

 

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