‘Off-Loom Nine Woven Square Panel’ with Sarah Ward *New


A perfect winter weaving project with local artisan;  Sarah Ward.


Over this 2 day workshop, you will learn 9 woven patterns, each woven on its own little square base. You will choose whether to design them as individual artworks, or as a collection of 9 to be framed in a grid format.

As we weave our threads over and under, we will celebrate the many patterns and possibilities of woven structure; twills, houndstooths, hopsacks, zig zags and maybe even a waffle!

You will learn half of the patterns the first day, and half the second day, with time in between to work on them.

We will design our colour palettes as we go, perhaps multicolour, or an all neutral palette, monochrome or tonal, summery, autumnal, brights or minimal – there are so many possibilities to explore. You could match it to your home decor, to fit that last empty space on the wall!

Sarah will be bringing weaving materials, yarns, bases and equipment, but please feel free to bring any of your own yarns if you would like to use those. Frames are not provided – you may have your own ideas about how you would like to present them once they are finished.

All of the yarn provided is industry waste yarn rescued from landfill, from mills that have either shut down or are getting rid of old stock.

This workshop is suitable for all levels, no prior experience needed. We will start with a very simple twill, weaving over and under with our needle and thread, and go from there!

Additional information


9th November and 25th January 2024




£10 for Sarah Materials

Your Lunch

Artist Bio:

Sarah Ward is an Essex based hand weaver most known for her checks, stripes, contemporary Ikats and colour stories as The Aviary Studio, and also more recently for her work as Lark & Bower, which focuses on off-loom artworks, painstakingly woven with needle and thread, using industry waste yarn.

As a climate and environmental activist, the main focus of Sarah’s work is to share knowledge through craft. She uses her woven work to advocate weaving as an art form in its own right, but also to raise awareness about waste, and the textile industry’s impact on our planet and its inhabitants.

The idea of ‘off-loom’ weaving was conceived during the first pandemic lockdown in 2020, when Sarah didn’t have access to her loom or studio. Desperate to weave, she started using leftover yarn and a needle and thread to make small studies of woven structures; twill, herringbone, houndstooth, hopsack.

Now, despite having access to both studio and loom, she has continued to work on these small, slow offerings, whilst pondering why woven structure isn’t more celebrated.

‘Hand-weaving is an often forgotten art, and one which deserves to be appreciated without necessarily being part of a functional or ‘throw away’ item.


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