The intention is to keep most of the itinerary fairly flexible so that any local events of interest to the group can be included. There will however be one or more basic workshops on each day between arrival and departure days. These will be in small groups and around 3 hours duration, throughout the week. All the basic workshops will have a small textile piece as an outcome and everything required to achieve this will be supplied. The workshops are designed to cover fundamental techniques and are great fun, but of course participation is optional.
On arrival you can settle in and take part in a self guided tour of the Abbotsford Museum,
Fair Isle Knitting - creating a Fair Isle headband, this can be progressed to a Fisherman's Kep through the week.
Shetland Lace - introduction to Shetland Lace, knitting a neck cowl, looking at the 'care and repair' of knitted lace during and after knitting
Taatit Rugs - looking at the function and constuction of the rugs and using the techniques to make a small sample Taat Mat.
Plain Weave - Weaving an individual sample of Taatit Rug Ground fabric using a table loom. Weaving part of a Maud (Shepherd's Plaid) group work, on a four shaft table loom.
Basket Making - creating a small spinning wheel basket.
Hand-Spinning - the basics - drop spindle, to muckle wheel, to flyer wheel.
Beyond the workshop times all the tutors are there to give advice and support, to the very best of their abilities, for any level of experience on the textile topics covered in the workshops. For more advanced or individual projects, or works in progress, participant will need to supply their own equipment and material resources. Any particular areas of interest can be intimated to the organiser and tutors prior to the event to enable them to support the learning and creative experience.
A more detailed itinerary of days and times will be drawn up just prior to the event.
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