How to Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop

This workshop will teach you how to warp and weave pickup designs on a Beaivi Double hole rigid heddle loom. You will learn how to warp the loom using a warping board. We will use 9 pattern threads and you will learn how to weave pickup with a selection of different braid weaving patterns.

Beaivi Loom Warp
Beaivi Loom Warp

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.

How to Warp a Beaivi Double Hole Rigid Heddle
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch. If you already own a Beaivi loom or other double hole heddle, please bring that along. For those who don’t yet own one, a Beaivi loom will be provided for the course.

Course Fee: £125.00
Materials Fee: £5.00

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 required for the workshop. You may purchase a Beaivi loom if you wish, at the end of the workshop.
Beaivi Loom Cost: £30.00

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

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

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

Learn to Wet Felt a Picture

Learn the basic steps of wet felting by making a small picture. Wet felting uses simple materials of wool fibre, water, soap and bubble wrap. You will learn how to layer the wool fibres and use wet felting methods to create a smooth piece of felt. We will use a learn how to create a small flower design using a template. The finished felt piece can be hung on its own or stitched onto a sewn pillow or bag.

Felted Lotus Flower
Felted Lotus Flower

Beginner Wet Felted Picture Workshop
Course Length: 4 hours
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Course Fee: £45.00
Materials Fee: £5.00

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 sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional felting wool for practicing at home can be purchased after 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.

Wet Felting Workshops

Felted Easter Eggs Workshop Learn to make Easter eggs with needle and wet felting methods.
Felt a Picture Workshop Learn the basic steps of feltmaking by making a picture.
Felt a Small Case Workshop Learn to felt a small case for your Iphone or sunglasses.
Felted Oven Mitt Workshop Learn to felt an oven mitt using a resist.
Felted IPad Case Workshop Learn to felt a case or bag for your IPad or tablet.
Felted Cloche Style Hat Workshop Learn to felt a cloche style hat using a resist.
Felted French Beret Workshop Learn to felt a beret style hat using a resist.

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Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ

Simply Sumptuous Spinning Workshop

A hand spinning workshop for the discerning hand spinner who wants to try something new. You will get a surprise goodie bag of 5 different, luxurious spinning fibres to spin during the class. This hand spinning course is designed for the more experienced hand spinner.
Spinning fibres such as blended silks, yak, musk ox, banana, soya, milk protein, cashmere, flax, hemp. Each class will be filled with a different set of sumptuous surprise spinning fibres to enjoy.

Simply Sumptuous Spinning
Simply Sumptuous Spinning

I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops, but participants are encouraged to bring along their own wheel if they can as each wheel has its own characteristics.

Simply Sumptuous Spinning Workshop
Course Length: 4 hours
Time: 10 am – 2 pm
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Course Fee: £100.00
Materials Fee: £20.00

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 sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional spinning fibre for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.

All of my hand spinning workshops use commercially prepared, clean and carded batts or roving. I prefer not to use fleece straight off the sheep. (Life is too short so I leave the messy bits to those who are qualified and have the space and equipment required to clean fleece properly.) If you wish to learn how to spin, clean and sort raw fleece there are many other classes and teachers that can get you started such as:
Weald and Downland

Hand Spinning Workshops

Learn to SpinThe workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
Learn to Use a Drum CarderHow to use a drum carder to create new colours and Yarns.
Plied and Cabled YarnsHow to spin plied and cabled yarns.
Simply Sumptuous SpinningA surprise selection of different fibres to spin.

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 402 77705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Learn to Use a Drum Carder

This hand spinning workshop teaches you how to blend different yarns and to create new colours using hand cards or a drum carder. You will work with different types and colours of wools to create a unique set of yarns.
Some experience with hand spinning is required before taking this workshop.

Drum Carder Blending
Drum Carder Blending

I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops, but participants are encouraged to bring along their own wheel if they can as each wheel has its own characteristics.

Learn to Use a Drum Carder
Course Length: 3 hours
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Course Fee: £75.00
Materials Fee: £10.00

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 sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional spinning fibre for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.

All of my hand spinning workshops use commercially prepared, clean and carded batts or roving. I prefer not to use fleece straight off the sheep. (Life is too short so I leave the messy bits to those who are qualified and have the space and equipment required to clean fleece properly.) If you wish to learn how to spin, clean and sort raw fleece there are many other classes and teachers that can get you started such as:
Weald and Downland

Hand Spinning Workshops

Learn to SpinThe workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
Learn to Use a Drum CarderHow to use a drum carder to create new colours and Yarns.
Plied and Cabled YarnsHow to spin plied and cabled yarns.
Simply Sumptuous SpinningA surprise selection of different fibres to spin.

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: 075 402 77705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Learn to Spin

This is a workshop designed for the beginner hand spinner or for those who have tried to learn to spin but are still struggling.
I keep the beginner spinner workshop short in length, only 3 hours, because your hands and feet are doing new things that you are not accustomed to so you get tired. It is better to spin a little at a time and practice every day rather than trying to overdo it.
You will learn about how a spinning wheel works. How to become familiar with your spinning wheel. How to control the twist and to spin with an even tension. How to join yarn and spin a bobbin full of yarn.

Kromski Spinning Wheel
Kromski Spinning Wheel

I have a few spinning wheels that are available for the workshops that you can try out before you purchase a spinning wheel of your own. If you do own a wheel, then please bring it along if you can, as each wheel has its own characteristics.

Learn to Spin Workshop
Course Length: 3 hours
Time: 10 am – 1 pm
Tea, coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Course Fee: £75.00
Materials Fee: £10.00
Total: £85.00

Students: £75.00

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 sufficient fibre for the workshop. Additional spinning fibre for practicing at home can be purchased after the workshop.

Pleae Note:
Due to recent illness, Handspinning workshops will resume in January.

All of my hand spinning workshops use commercially prepared, clean and carded batts or roving. I prefer not to use fleece straight off the sheep. (Life is too short so I leave the messy bits to those who are qualified and have the space and equipment required to clean fleece properly.) If you wish to learn how to spin, clean and sort raw fleece there are many other classes and teachers that can get you started such as:
Weald and Downland

Hand Spinning Workshops

Learn to Spin The workshop for the beginner hand spinner.
Plied and Cabled Yarns How to spin plied and cabled yarns.

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: 075 402 77705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Spinning and Plying Workshop
Spinning and Plying Workshop