Introduction to Rug Weaving
Date: July 24-28 (Mon - Fri)
Instructor: Jason Collingwood
This is the ideal course for students wishing to experiment with rug weaving for the first time, although there are enough tricks and tips to suit the more experienced weaver, too. Immerse yourself in a week of weft-faced rug weaving techniques. Students will learn how to make a strong serviceable rug in two structures, namely plain weave and twill. Every aspect of rug weaving will be covered, starting with the best way to warp for rugs, as well as designing, weaving and finishing rugs. Many techniques will be covered, including clasped wefts, crossed wefts and compensated inlay. Students will leave with enough inspiration for a life-time of rug designing and weaving. Please note: This isn’t a beginning weaving class. Students must be able to warp and weave on a floor loom.
About the Instructor
Jason Collingwood briefly learned to weave when he was 18 but decided to try to become a rock star instead. Six years later he returned to weaving rugs and set up his own workshop in 1986 which is located in Nayland, Suffolk. Over the past 29 years he has woven to commission somewhere in the region of 2500 rugs! Most of the rugs have been for private individuals although some have been for corporate clients, architects, and interior designers. He has done large commissions including 24 rugs for the Sheraton Hotel in dar-es-salaam, in Tanzania: a series of rugs for a castle in Switzerland and most recently, working with the Spanish Fashion House LOEWE, producing all the rugs for their Madrid Flagship store. In addition to designing and weaving, Jason spends 3 -4 months each year teaching at various art schools in North America, Australia and Europe.