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Weaving Workshop with Christabel Balfour

part of Make! A Season of Contemporary Craft

Detail of weaving workshop with Christabel Balfour featuring loom

Weave your way through our Brutalist architecture and get inspired as you learn the techniques of hand-weaving in Christabel Balfour's weaving workshops.

Following her Barbican shop residency, Christabel will be leading a series of weaving workshops. These four-hour classes 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. 


  • All materials are provided
  • No experience required
  • Workshop duration: 4 hours
  • Maximum capacity: 8

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

About the maker

Christabel Balfour studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, where she specialised in woven sculpture. 

Since graduating in 2013, she has developed a practice as a tapestry weaver, and set up her studio in 2015. She weaves large rugs and wall-hangings from her south London studio, working on a 1976 Harris floor loom and a 1992 Don Porrit Loom, both of which she restored and assembled herself. 

Her designs are inspired by the modern architecture of the city, but also seek to evoke a sense of openness, space and tranquility. Working every day at her loom is deeply meditative, and this translates into designs which are simple, minimal and stripped down to their essence.


photo of tapestry weaver christy balfour weaving in her studio

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In partnership with

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