Scandinavian Weaves Workshop

Over the coming weeks, I will be offering some new weaving courses, designed for the Intermediate or more experienced hand weaver.
The workshops will specialize in Scandinavian traditional weave structures.

The weaving workshops will be offered as 1 or 2 day courses.
4 Shaft Table Looms will be pre-warped and ready to go.
Other weaving yarns and materials will be provided.

The workshops will take place in my home studio.
I can accomodate up to 2 persons per class.

Please note:
Due to the current Covid19 Virus, I will not be offering workshops at this time.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of these workshops and would like to be kept informed of further information.
I will also update information about the workshops via Twitter.

Paivatar Studio
Paivatar Studio

Some of the new weaving workshops will be:
Rya Rug Weaving Workshop

Vortex in Blue Rya Rug
Vortex in Blue Rya Rug

Finnish Raanu Weaving Workshop
Finnish Raanu
Finnish Raanu Weaving

Kuultokudos Transparency Weaving Workshop
Kuultokudos
Kuultokudos

Täkänä Doubleweave Pickup Workshop
Takana Steps
Takana Steps

Krokbragd Weaving Workshop
Krokbragd
Krokbragd

Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop

You will learn the basics of how to prepare and maintain an Indigo dye vat. We will use 2 or 3 different Indigo vats, a Indigo/Fructose, an Indigo/Henna and an Indigo/Iron vat. You will have the opportunity to dye linen and cotton fabrics with the Indigo vats and experience the subtle difference between the different Indigo vats.

Please note:
Due to the current Covid19 Virus, I will not be offering workshops at this time.

We will cover some Shibori resist dye methods using traditional Japanese knotting and stitching techniques for adding additional patterning to the dyed fabrics. You will go away with an Indigo dyed cotton scarf or towel, a cotton market bag and hand dyed cotton and linen fabric samples.

All dyes and course materials will be provided.
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course length: approx. 6 hours
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Course Fee: £125
Materials Fee: £35
Total £150

2 persons £250
Students: £135

I have a small studio space so can only accomodate up to 2 participants at a time.
Please Note:
Due to recent illness, dye workshops will resume again in April.

Dye Flora Plant Dyes Workshop
50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

Craft Courses Indigo Dye Workshop

Spin Flora not Fauna Workshop

A hand spinning workshop for the discerning hand spinner who wants to try something new. With developments in textile technology, wonderful new fibres for the hand spinner have become available. Derived from materials previously thought of as waste, these fibres are reclaimed from plants such as bamboo, bananas, rose stems, mint and other cellulose materials. You will get a surprise goodie bag of several different, luxurious flora spinning fibres to spin during the class. This hand spinning course is designed for the more experienced hand spinner.

Spin Flora Starter Pack
Spin Flora Fibres

The hand spinning courses require that you bring your own spinning wheel. Sometimes I will have an extra spinning wheel that you can borrow for the workshop.

Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Course Length: 6 hours

Workshop Fee: £125.00
Materials: £25.00
Total: £150.00

Students: £125.00
2 persons: £250.00
The course fee includes materials required for the workshop.

Additional spinning fibre may be purchased afterwards if you would like more practice.
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Dye Flora Plant Dyes Workshop

You will learn the basics of how to dye cellulose fibres: e.g linen and cotton with traditional and locally sourced plant dyes. Cellulose fibres require different mordant preparations than wool, and take longer to dye than protein fibres. This workshop is a bit longer in length than most of the other workshops that I offer, in order to allow sufficient time for the mordant and dye processes. This plant dye course is designed for the beginner.
The workshop will include dyes such as Madder (oranges and pinks) Weld (yellow) and Indigo (blue) as well as other plant dyes (Birch bark, elderberry, alkanet) and other dye plants that are in season and have been sourced locally. We will cover information about how to safely use different mordants suitable for plant fibres, how to collect local dye plants and how to prepare a mordant and plant dye bath.

You will go away with a plant dyed cotton towel or dyed cotton market bag, and several fabric dye swatches of linen and cotton materials or dyed yarn samples.

Please note:
Due to the current Covid19 Virus, I will not be offering workshops at this time.

All dyes and course materials will be provided. Please do not bring along your own fabrics.
If you wish to learn how to dye wool and other protein fibres with natural plant dyes, please contact me for more information.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course length: approx. 7 hours
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Course Fee: £150
Materials Fee: £25
Total: £175

Student Rate: £150

I can offer a slight discount for 2 participants.
Total cost: £285

My studio space and dye pots are small so I am only able to accomodate up to 2 participants per class.
Please Note:

Plant Dyed Cotton / Linen
Plant Dyed Cotton / Linen

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop
Craft Courses Dye Workshop

Natural Dyed Cotton Yarns
Natural Dyed Cotton Yarns

Please visit my Etsy shop to see a selection of my natural dyed yarns and textiles.

Plant Dyed Eco Hankies

Plant Dyed Eco Hankies
Plant Dyed Eco Hankies

Please visit my Etsy shop to see a selection of my natural dyed yarns and textiles.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Learn how to create your own unique colour palette using 3 prime colours. You will learn how to use environmentally friendly acid based dyes and how to mix colours to get the shade that you want. In this workshop we will work with the 3 prime colours, Magenta, Yellow and Cyan, to create 50 new shades of colour.
This workshop is designed for the beginner dyer. The dyes that we use are suitable for wool, silk and other protein fibres. If you wish to dye cotton or linen yarns, these require a different type of dye such as Procion MX and this workshop would not be suitable for you.
You will dye approximately 200 grams of wool yarn that can be used for knitting, crochet, tapestry weaving or other craft projects.

50 Shades of Colour
50 Shades of Colour

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Course Length: 4 hours
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee: £60
Materials Fee: £15
Total Cost: £75
2 persons: £130

It generally takes about 4 hours to dye all of the colours, but this time can vary depending on the dye baths.

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
The Materials fee covers the cost of the yarns and dyes required for the workshop.

I have developed my own range of acid dyes for all of my dyework. If you like the colours and how the dyes work, Paivatar Acid Dyes will be available for sale after the workshop.

50 Shades Dye Baths
50 Shades Dye Baths

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of my workshops.

If these dates are not convenient for you, please contact me to arrange another time.

Dye Flora Beginner Plant Dyes Workshop
Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop

Hand Spinning Workshops
Feltmaking Workshops
Craft Courses.com

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Beginner Weaving Workshop

This beginner weaving workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning to weave, but have never woven on a loom before. It is an introductory weaving course that will give you a chance to learn to weave on a few different styles of table looms. Before you delve into the more complex issues of how to warp the loom, how to calculate how much yarn you need, how to design or choose a pattern, I think it is best to try to weave something to see if you like the process of weaving and creating cloth, before you purchase a loom.

Please note:
Due to the current Covid19 Virus, I will not be offering workshops at this time.

4 Shaft Table Loom
The beginner weaving workshop will be taught on a pre-threaded 4 shaft Ashford table loom.
The Ashford Table Loom has been pre-warped with multi-coloured cotton yarns and has been threaded to a variation of twill pattern designs. Using the table loom you will be able to weave a small tea towel and experiment with the use of colour and pattern in the project.

Ashford Table Loom
Ashford Table Loom
Ashford Table Loom Towel Warp
Ashford Table Loom Towel Warp

Rigid Heddle Loom

The rigid heddle loom is a 2 shaft loom that is suitable for weaving simple cloth such as wooly scarves or placemats using thicker yarns. You can also do free-form weaving with thick multi-coloured yarns creating a tapestry style of weave.
The Ashford rigid heddle loom has been pre-warped with rug yarn warp that is suitable for free-form tapesty weaving.
A selection of hand spun and commercial weft yarns are available for you to weave with to create your own table mat or free-form design.

Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom
Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom
Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop
Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop
Free-Form Rigid Heddle Weaving
Free-Form Rigid Heddle Weaving
How to Warp a Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop
How to Warp a Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop

Beginner Loom Weaving Workshop
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm

The course fee covers instruction and all materials.
Course Fee: £125
Materials: £10
Total: £135.00

Students: £100.00

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.

Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course. Please provide contact information, email address and mobile phone number if possible so that I am able to contact you to discuss course details further.
All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I prefer to offer one to one workshops so that I can provide individual instruction.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Learn how to create your own unique colour palette using 3 prime colours. You will learn how to use environmentally friendly acid based dyes and how to mix colours to get the shade that you want. In this workshop we will work with the 3 prime colours, Magenta, Yellow and Cyan, to create 50 new shades of colour. This workshop is designed for the beginner dyer.
You will dye approximately 100 grams of yarn that can be used for knitting, crochet, tapestry weaving or other craft projects.

SORRY – BUT I AM NOT TEACHING THIS WORKSHOP AT THIS TIME
Due to recent illness I have had to cut back on the number of workshops that I can provide. Your understanding is appreciated.

50 Shades of Colour
50 Shades of Colour

Course Length: 4 hours
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee: £60.00
Materials Fee: £15.00
Total Fee £75.00 (1 person)
2 persons: £130.00

It generally takes about 4 hours to dye all of the colours, but this time can vary depending on the dye baths.

I use my own range of dyes for all of my dyework. If you like the colours and how they work, Paivatar Dye Kits will be available for sale after the workshop.

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
50 Shades of Colour
50 Shades Dye Baths
50 Shades Dye Baths

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Hand Spinning Workshops

Craft Courses.com

Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Sami Band Weaving Workshop

Learn how to weave pickup designs on a Saami rigid heddle band loom. This workshop will provide an introduction to 3 styles of Sami band looms made by Stoorstalka – The Sigga heddle, the Sunna heddle and the Beaivi heddle.
The 3 styles of heddles will be pre-warped and ready for you to weave.

Please note:
Due to the current Covid19 Virus, I will not be offering workshops at this time.

Sigga Heddle
The Sigga heddle was designed to weave Lule styles of Sami bands. The Sigga has short pattern slots in the centre of the reed that allow the pattern threads to float in the centre of the shed, allowing for easy pattern pickup.

Sigga Heddle
Sigga Heddle

Sunna Heddle
The Sunna heddle is designed to weave Baltic styles of bands, where the background weave produces a basket weave style of background, with pattern floats on top.
Beaivi Heddle
The Beaivi heddle has 2 sets of holes that allows for pattern pickup to be done across the width of the band.
Weaving the pattern creates a mirror image on the reverse of the band. As you weave the band, the pattern threads are lifted to the surface of the band or dropped to run below the surface, creating the patterns. The pattern will be in reverse on the back side of the band. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.

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A double hole rigid heddle is similar to the standard weaving reeds that have one set of holes and one set of slots. These carry the ground weave of the band. A second set of holes has been added above the first set of holes. The top row of holes carry the warp pattern threads and are usually a thicker weight of yarn and are a contrasting colour.

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Workshop
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee £125.00
Course Fee – Student Rate £100.00
Materials £10.00

Stoorstalka heddles will be available for purchase at the workshop.

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book a workshop.
Please provide contact information – email address and mobile telephone number if possible so that I can contact you regarding workshop details.

Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Saami Band Weaving Workshops

A series of workshops to learn how to weave Saami style pickup bands or braids using a double hole rigid heddle (Beaivi weaving heddle).
A double hole rigid heddle is similar to the standard weaving reeds that have one set of holes and one set of slots. These carry the ground weave of the band. A second set of holes has been added above the first set of holes. The top row of holes carry the warp pattern threads and are usually a thicker weight of yarn and are a contrasting colour.
As you weave the band, the pattern threads are lifted to the surface of the band or dropped to run below the surface, creating the patterns. The pattern will be in reverse on the back side of the braid. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.

Saami Band Weaving
Saami Band Weaving

Saami Band Weaving Workshops

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.

Hand Spinning Workshops
Felt Making Workshops

Craft Courses.com

Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com