Weaving Waves with Vicki Cornish


Date: 1st April 2023
Time: 10am – 2:30pm
(Includes a 30min lunch break)

*In the case of bad weather, this workshop will take place on Saturday 29th April.

This workshop with Textile Artist Vicki Cornish gives you the opportunity to create a woven wall hanging using your own hand spun yarn made from natural fibres. We will take our inspiration from the extraordinary environment at Nobbys-Whibayganba headland, working with the colours and shapes around us.

Vicki will teach you how to create wonderful, textured yarn from natural fibres using a Mayan Spinner. These are simple, robust, easy to use tools and a fun introduction to hand spinning.

You will then learn the basics of tapestry weaving by incorporating your hand spun yarn into a small woven wall hanging.  We will be weaving on simple, cardboard frame looms made from recycled materials.

No weaving or spinning experience is necessary.  This will be a wonderful introduction to these crafts for the complete beginner.

What you will learn:

– The basics of hand spinning using a Mayan Spinner to create textured, weaving yarn.
– An introduction to tapestry weaving on a frame loom.
– Hints and tips from over 30 years spinning experience, and information on how to use hand spun yarn as a unique element in your weaving.

What you get:
– An opportunity to spend the day creatively immersed in an iconic Newcastle landmark.
– You will take home a beautiful decoration for your home (approximately 11cm x 35cm) made of natural fibres that you have spun and woven yourself.
– You will also take home a set of comprehensive notes that you can use as an ongoing resource.
– All materials and equipment will be supplied.

What to bring:
– Your enthusiasm for exploring new crafts!
– Bring a packed lunch with you as there are no facilities for purchasing food on site.
– If you wish to take home a Mayan Spinner, they will be available to purchase on the day at the special workshop price of $43.

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