'Wool You Weave' Beginners Wool Weaving Workshop

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Unit 6, Maghery Enterprise Centre

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About the Course - Wool Weaving - Weekly Course - Every Tuesday Evening for 6 weeks

South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association has joined up with local weaver Jacqui-May Wylie to deliver a 6-week introduction workshop in weaving with wool.

These workshops are designed for the beginner who is interested in learning how to weave and learn the history behind weaving. A craft which is of those centuries-old traditions that are both practical (in certain forms) and beautiful and can be sort of soothing to the soul.

The ‘Wool You Weave’ workshops will take you through a whole process of winding a warp, dressing the loom and then weaving your wool to make your own interesting piece of cloth.

Jacqui-May has turned her hobby of weaving into a small business that produces beautiful pieces of texture which will brighten up the modern home adding a splash of colour to the dullest of spaces.

You will be working with a hand loom and working to your own ability guided by Jacqui-May to produce a beautiful piece of texture that you will be proud of.

Week 1 & Week 2: You will be learning how to use the loom and testing your abilities by creating something small to begin.

Week 3: Emma Robinson from ‘Woolly Mammoth Fibre’ will be in attendance during this workshop to show us how wool is made by giving us an insight into the world of spinning wheels. You’ll get a chance to spin and hopefully start a new journey of discovery in traditional crafts.

Week 4: An off site visit to the Barn Museum in Tannaghmore Gardens, Lurgan where you will have the opportunity to use a 200-year-old Fly Shuttle Loom which was restored by South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association volunteers as part of its ‘Loom Room’ project. The Loom is owned by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and rests within the museum. Kevin Burns a textiles lecturer at the University of Ulster who has many years of weaving experience will give us a demonstration of how the Loom works.

Week 5 - Week 6: It’s back to Maghery Business Units where you will put your newly found skills to greater use and with guidance from Jacqui-May you will start working to create a larger piece.

How exciting does this sound?

This course is for the person who is interested in learning much more than how to weave. You will be learning the history of weaving, the what’s, how’s and whys!

Bottomless cup of tea/coffee will be on hand AND rumour has it there may be freshly made pancakes served on the first night (Pancake Tuesday) by a local cake baker Kate Neill from Gingernut Cakes.

Why is this course free?

South Lough Neagh Regeneration Association (SLNRA) is delighted to have been awarded funding under the EU’s PEACE IV Programme to deliver its ‘Bringing People Together’ project.

The project is being supported by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council as part of the PEACE IV Building Positive Relations programme. The PEACE IV Programme is a cross-border initiative, financed through the European Union and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

This project will be focused on learning, sharing and appreciating of each other’s cultures by bringing people together to demonstrate the similarities of local cultures throughout our council area. Through our on-going work, we are finding there is an invisible divide and we want to tackle that divide and show our people there is plenty of room for everyone. We will be working closely with traditional crafters, community groups, charities, and schools to make this project a huge success.

What you need to bring?

Yourself! And if possible your amazing photography skills! We want to show off how amazing our crafters are. We need to you take as many photos or Instastories as possible and share them with the world (don’t forget to tag @south_lough_neagh)

Then whenever you have finished your makes, send us a photo of it proudly displayed! We like that kind of thing around here.

To secure your place book on via our Eventbrite link.

If you are unable to commit the entire 6 weeks please let us know. We reckon this will be a workshop not to be missed!

If you need more info pop us an email on southloughneagh@gmail.com or send us a DM.

Ask for Louise Taylor.

To see some of our crafter's amazing skills check them out on instagram:

For Jacqui-May’s beautiful pieces check out ‘The Copper Otter’.

Emma Robinson from the ‘Woolly Mammoth Fibre’. You won’t be sorry!

Kate Neill from Gingernut Cakes, but only with a full stomach, as the images of the delicious cakes she has made will make you feel hungry.



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