Sark Tapestry Weekend success 1-4 October
Learning to tapestry weave – what a successful weekend, thanks to Hilary Charlesworth, a visiting weaver with 27 years’ experience. She originally planned to have 8 to 10 beginner students, but as more residents subscribed, there were 12 on the course. Tapestry weaving was new to all of us.
The practice looms had been made by a local craftsman. Hilary encouraged us all to choose our own colours and to weave a sampler using basic techniques. Hilary is an empathetic tutor and our confidence grew until the final samplers were of our own design.
Hilary was surprised at the speed of learning: ‘I am really impressed by how much everyone has achieved’.
The final afternoon’s weaving and the Sark Tapestry weaving exhibition took place at Stocks Hotel. The picture and cartoons for the tapestry panels and the samplers the students had woven were on display. There was great interest and there are a further six people who now wish to learn. Anyone who wants to take part in making the Sark Tapestry during 2016 can contact Sark tourism.
The next stage of the project is to pass on our knowledge of weaving the samplers to others who wish to learn. We will also use the practice looms with the finer types of wool which will be used in the final project, learning to mix the colour strands and work with thinner wools.
Then – to begin the main panels!
Hilary Charlesworth’s web site:
Words and pictures by Amanda Petrie