The Oxford Weaving Studio
Location: Jericho, Oxford
Prices: £75 for a two-hour private weaving workshop, to £225 for a two-day course on contemporary hand-weaving
The Oxford Weaving Studio is a community-based weaving hub set up to provide affordable access to weaving equipment for textiles students, hobby weavers and, more recently, school kids. Founded by former engineer and Central Saint Martins graduate Cassandra Smith, it offers a rich selection of courses for beginners and improvers. In the two-day introduction course you’ll learn how to wind a warp, dress a loom, thread heddles, reed and tie on a warp, as well as experimenting with how different materials (including the studio’s own sustainable art yarns hand-spun from waste fibres) can change the feel of a woven sample. If you prefer to learn with an end goal in mind, check out the cushion weaving course, where you will play with architecture of thick, merino wool roving and fine yarns to create something for the sofa. More experienced weavers can apply for studio membership and hire a variety of floor, table and frame looms. If you’re stuck setting up your own loom or struggling to nail a new technique, Cassandra also offers one-on-one Zoom, in-studio or at home problem-solving sessions.