Weaving Design Challenge. Sept-Oct 2018

The Weaving Design Challenge was a very popular workshop with our members. Each participant was dealt 5 cards denoting different aspects of weaving design. The variation was immense and add to that each weaver’s different interpretation the result was a splendid display of imagination and skill.

Sarah Cage ( from Birmingham) was allocated:

  • Resist-dyed weft.
  • Use only two shafts.
  • Design a cloth that looks ancient and faded.
  • Includes a fancy yarn.
  • Include some padded areas.


These are a selection of yarns she thought of using.

Cath Snape (from East Yorkshire) was allocated:

  • Use only black and white.
  • Narrow warp stripes.
  • Transparent in parts.
  • Includes some beads.
  • Use some overspun yarn.


After much discussion, Cath did lots of sampling to work out how to create some transparency in her weaving


Debbie Richardson from Lancashire was allocated:

  • Use different hues with the same value.
  • Use overshot.
  • Base the design on a tartan.
  • Use some overspun yarn.
  • Use rag strips/fabric as yarn.

She began with the tartan and added sari silk for the overshot.

Norah Ball from Devon used the following cards with an extra self-selected use of loom controlled and hand-manipulated doubleweave.

  • Opposites on the colour wheel/complementary colours.
  • Small check
  • Use some fancy yarns in warp and weft
  • Ply two of your yarns together and use for part of your piece.

Norah likes to design as she weaves, she woke up one morning with the idea for this lovely wall hanging.


Heather Seddon (from Cumbria) was dealt:

  • Use bright colours on a white background.
  • Crepe Weave.
  • Use some fancy yarns in the warp and weft.
  • Large check.
  • Based on a traditional tweed.

She began by creating a design on the computer before dressing the loom to weave the design.


Pat Griffiths (from Ceredigion, Wales) was allocated:

  • Use secondary colours.
  • Use only three shafts.
  • Base the design on a grid.
  • Use yarns of two different diameters in the weft.
  • Include beads.

Pat tried several ideas before creating this beautiful belt.


Stacey Harvey-Brown (from Nérac, SW France) was dealt:

  • Circles.
  • Lace.
  • Padded areas.
  • Include novelty yarn in warp and weft.
  • Include space-dyed yarn.
  • She used her complex double cloth design to create a bag with a very colourful lining.