Nail Loom Weaving with Louise Martin


Sat 15 & Sun 16 April

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Sat 15 & Sun 16 April
10am – 4pm

Join the winner of the Cordis Tapestry Prize, Louise Martin, for a weekend of alternative abstract weaving. Nail looms are an alternative frame or loom that allows for a more free form of weaving than a traditional frame loom. The nail loom is adaptable and lends itself to the creation of irregular shapes, which can be added to and joined with no cut ends showing.

We’ll provide nailed boards to create your for first sampler using coloured warp and a variable weft mix. You’ll only use small amounts so it’s a great zero waste approach to weaving where we can use up lengths of thread from our other classes. Once we’ve nailed the technique you’ll move on to experiment with warping in variable directions, in grafting on a second shape, and using different yarns. Any yarn that is not too elastic is possible to use, perfect for using up short lengths. We have lots to choose from, but you are welcome to bring along your own threads and saved remnants.
We’ll explore material mixes and to the interplay between weft and coloured warp, to create abstract colour explorations in tapestry.

About Your Tutor
Louise completed her art foundation on the Isle of Man, before moving onto Middlesex University. During a degree in Constructed Textiles she was introduced to tapestry, weave and knit. Of these the freedom of expression and techniques in tapestry offered the greatest appeal. Graduating with 1st class Hons, Louise moved on to a Masters in Applied Art at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Louise has since travelled widely as teacher and speaker. Periods of residency abroad continue to be pivotal with her own work. Spaces with which to be static, to absorb and respond; Mongolia, Iceland, Turkey and Finland. Exploration being central, rather than preconceived results.

She has twice been nominated for the Prestigious Cordis Prize for Tapestry,and was the overall winner of the prize in 2020.

  • All tools are provided for use at the workshop and materials are included in the course cost
  • Tea and coffee are provided but participants should bring their own lunch and utensils
  • All of our classes are suitable for over 16s, younger crafters may be accommodated if accompanied by a participating adult but please contact us before booking
  • If the workshop you were looking at is fully booked drop us an email and we’ll add you to the waiting list. As restrictions ease we might be able to add more spaces to some of our courses. We will add extra dates to our most popular workshops too, join the mailing list to be the first to know

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