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HILLTOP SPINNING AND WEAVING CENTRE

WINDMILL CROSS, CANTERBURY ROAD, LYMINGE,

FOLKESTONE, KENT. CT18 8HD

0044(O)1303 862617

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Proprietors: Sue and Bill Chitty

Website created by Bill Chitty

Established 1990


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Learning how to pass a shuttle back and forth through a warp is not learning how to weave. It has taken me many years to be a competent weaver, and I am still learning.


My weaving course takes you through all the various stages of creating woven material.


This course is intense. Apart from a short lunch break we don’t stop. During the course you will have my full and undivided attention, my phone will be on answer and unless war breaks out my neighbours know not to disturb me. Each student is given an Ideas / Project book in which they can write notes during the course and add to as they progress with their chosen craft.


This course gives you the confidence required to look at yarn, understand how many ends per cm/inch are required calculate warp and weft yardage, dress the loom and weave the yarn into professional fabric that you can make into material that matches your original idea. The fabric that you weave will be far superior than that available in normal fabric stores, it will also be unique to you.  


This course is designed for the individual, so that you can be assured that you can work at your own pace. There are no hidden extras, all materials and the use of equipment are included in the course fee of £25 per hour.


This course is specifically designed to - LEARN HOW TO SET UP A 4 SHAFT LOOM - 6 to 8 hours tuition includes; understanding what is involved in designing an item to weave, suggestions include: scarf or place mats or tapestry, no wider than A4. A resume of typical courses are set out below so you can have some ideas about your own course content.



If you have your own loom please bring it, if appropriate, along with any accessories. If your loom has not been used for some time, you need to be made aware of the different parts and ensure that the loom is ready to use. This will take extra time and to ensure that the loom has all the relevant parts to enable the course to take place.  If you have all ready purchased yarns, bring them with you, you need to know how to use the yarns you own and if they are appropriate for the intended project.


Price:  £150.00 to £200.00 per person (£25 per hour)


4 hours - TRYING VARIOUS LOOMS which have all ready been set up ready to weave, they include any of the following 3 looms: Peg Loom, Sample Loom, Rigid Heddle Loom, Knitters Loom or a 4 Shaft Loom.. 4 hours tuition includes trying, Peg loom weaving on a 12“ wide loom using fibres, rags, plastic bags and yarns for quick texture or background weaving to accommodate other craft skills.OR Sample loom weaving, a 6“ square can be achieved, this loom is great for setting up fabric ideas for a larger loom, without the expense. OR  A Rigid Heddle OR Knitters Loom OR a 4 Shaft Loom which has been set up ready to use, you will be able to take away what you have woven.  Please talk to Sue as this course is specifically designed to help you decide which weaving loom is best for you and your requirements.


Price: £100.00 per person. (£25 per hour)


SPECIAL TECHNIQUES in weaving.  If you can weave and need to know how to weave Boundweave, Double Cloth, Tapestry pictures or just need to know more patternings to thread up and weave, then speak to Sue for the best way forward.


YOU OWN A LOOM - What type is it, does it work, can I weave on it?

Depending upon size you can bring it to us for help, you can set it up or we can give you unbiased advice.

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If you need somewhere to stay when having a course at Hilltop our area is well served by excellent rural B & Bs and the local pubs serve great food.


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