3 -end b l o c k w e a v e .

An exploration of three end block weaves, the same structure Jason uses to weave all his rugs.

Starting with simple two colour designs and moving on to designing within the blocks and the introduction of a third colour.
Techniques such as clasped wefts and dovetailing will be looked at to further increase the design scope of this structure.
2 / 1 double faced twill will also be covered in this class.
Special emphasis will be placed on Shaft Switching, every one being able to adapt their looms in class to try out this exciting technique.


2 / 2 t w i l l.

The course will include straight twill, broken twill and twill on opposites.
Within the above three structures many two and three colour sequences will be explored, each giving their own unique design.
Crossed wefts (parallel and contrary motion) and clasped wefts will be applied to 2 /2 twill, further increasing the design possibilities.
Pick - up and 3 / 1 double faced twill will also be looked at.
This class will also include some work with Shaft Switching, students learning how to adapt their own looms.


Plain weave (an introduction to rug weaving)

An ideal course for those wishing to try out rug weaving for the first time, though with enough 'tricks' to also suit the more experienced weaver.
Students will learn how to make a strong serviceable rug (plain weave being an excellent structure for rugs). Initially weaving stripes and spots using two colours, learning how to overcome the selvage problems inherent in each different design.
Clasped wefts, crossed wefts and compensated inlay will be covered, all these new techniques giving the weaver more freedom with design.


4-end blockweaves + summer and winter

4-end blockweave (taquete), is an extremely versatile structure for rug weaving. Offering many of the design possibilities that are achievable in 3- end blockweave, it is non the less visually very different.

The threading allows for plain weave and this means we can explore summer and winter in this class, opening up a whole new range of design options. Shaft switching in relation to this weave structure will be full explained.


All the above classes will include instruction on how to set up ones loom correctly for rug weaving. Twining at the beginning and end of the rug, darning in of the loose ends, use of the temple and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving.
Each class concludes with a look at rug finishes, a few of the many finishes will be demonstrated.

The classes can run from 3 to 5 days.

The 3 and 4 day classes require students to come pre warped (instructions will be sent out prior to class),In a 5 day class we warp during the class, Any four harness loom is fine, including table looms.



rug finishes.

A 2 - 3 hour practical class on rug finishes. A selection of weft protectors and warp protectors will be covered, the merits of each discussed and each clearly demonstrated. Having seen the demonstrations students will be provided with a sampler (a small materials fee is required for this) upon which to try out the finishes for themselves. Dependant on time a total of approximately 15 finishes will be covered. This class is suitable for anyone with an interest in learning some new finishes for their rugs/ textiles


the design possibilities of shaft switching

With the aid of slides/power point presentation this technique will be full explained. What led to its development, the most basic forms of shaft switching, the various stages along it's 'evolution' up to the commercially available unit of today.
Each of these steps will be carefully explained ( many with slides of the original plans for the first lever system ). Using slides of Jason's work along with that of others it will be clearly seen just how liberating shaft switching is design wise for the rug weaver.
A general discussion on what constitutes good design will also be covered.


learning to weave with peter collingwood

Hopefully a pretty self explanatory title. Again the talk will be illustrated with slides/power point presentation

Surviving as rug weaver.

A look at the financial realities of surviving selling a hand woven product.
The decisions that have to be made, the compromises and marketing strategies that need to be followed.
Exploding the myth that the life of a crafts person is necessarily an idyllic one.


f e e s. effective for classes running in 2015

w o r k s h o p s .    $500( £325.00) per day.

s e m i n a r s. ..........$315 ( £205 )......approx 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.



In addition to the above fees each place I teach at is responsible for :-


travel expenses:

As a rough guide this has worked out recently at between $500 and $600 per teaching engagement



Hotel/seedy motel is preferable, though if this is not possible staying in a house is fine. If the latter, access to a private bathroom is greatly appreciated. Whilst not wishing to come across as too demanding, when one is away from home and on the road for 2 - 3 months at a time these small things make a huge difference.

One thing I should point out, I am a strict vegetarian, which means no meat and no fish. I know this sounds 'awkward'.........but as long as it didn't used to have a heartbeat I'll eat it!