Weaving Workshop: Weaving Tubular Filled Cords

Friday 8 April OR Saturday 9 April, 10.00 - 16.00 

Weaving kit

£100 (Cost includes shuttle, 2 warps, weft & backstrap cord, linen sack, instruction booklet, weaving disc. Lunch is not included)

This one-day tubular band weaving workshop by Susan Foulkes is suitable for beginners and will provide an opportunity to learn how to weave these decorative cords using a weaving disc and backstrap. In Indonesia, this technique died out in the middle of the 20th century. The original use for the cords was rather prosaic but this workshop will demonstrate how beautiful these cords can be.

In this workshop, a tubular filled cord will be made and will be used to become the fastening for a simple woven linen sack designed to hold the weaving equipment and supplied as part of the course. Two bag knots will be taught to fasten the cord around the linen sack. One warp will be used in the workshop and another will be provided for further weaving.

The filled tubular cord is simple to weave using a backstrap. The workshop will cover: 

Multicoloured woven tubular cords
  • How to start weaving 
  • How to keep an even tension both in width and length
  • How to change a weft
  • How the spiral is controlled
  • How to identify and correct an error in weaving
  • How to finish the cord

Book your place here: https://bit.ly/3tiyG3A

If you have any queries, please email our Head of Conservation, Jeremy Uden at Jeremy.uden@prm.ox.ac.uk.

Susan J. Foulkes is a designer weaver in love with natural yarns and fascinated by the long history of weaving. She started weaving in 1998 and fell in love with the craft. She gained her HNC in Art and Design (Handloom Textile Design) in 2001. Her exploration of weaving techniques led to her research about traditional woven bands from around the world. She has visited many museums and seen their collections behind the scenes. She has taught workshops in America, Japan and the UK. She has had fifteen articles published in craft magazines and journals and produced over twenty YouTube videos.

Her book Weaving Patterned Bands: How to Create and Design with 5,7 and 9 pattern threads was published by Schiffer Press in 2018.

Blog: https://durhamweaver64.blogspot.com/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/durhamsilkweaver