Welcome to the Barn

Take a look around The Weaving Barn and discover the processes used in creating the handwoven products

A tour of the barn

About the weaver

I have been handweaving here in Yorkshire for more than ten years, using natural locally sourced sustainable yarns.

Without the aid of modern technology, I design and weave mainly textiles for the home, on my floor loom and table loom.

I enjoy using nature as my inspiration for the colours and shapes in my designs, combined with heritage craftsmanship and eco-friendly practices.

Tina

The design process

Pages from my notebook where I experiment with patterns and colour combinations, and some wraps from the Landscape Series

The 10 stages of weaving one of my Landscape Series blankets

Ball winder and swift

Most of my yarns come on cones but if they are skeins they have to be wound into balls, ready to be loaded onto the shuttles.

Winding a warp

A warping board is used to wind warps, keeping the threads in order ready to be wound onto the weaving loom. Each wind is the length of the warp on the loom. It takes 580 warps to make one of my blankets!

Winding the 580 warp ends onto the loom

These 2 lease sticks are inserted into the crossed warp to keep it in order. The whole warp is wound onto the back beam of the loom before threading through the heddles.

Threading the heddles

Individual warp threads are passed through the heddles in a specific pattern or sequence which determines the weave structure and the design of the fabric.

Sleying the reed

A reed is part of a weaving loom resembling a comb. It separates and spaces the warp threads and is used to push or “beat” the weft into place.

“Sleying the reed” is the process of passing each warp thread through a specific dent (opening) in the reed with a reed hook, following a specific pattern to achieve the desired appearance of the fabric.

Weaving

Here I’m weaving a blanket in 2 layers so that it’s twice the width of the loom. The open edge is on the near side and the centre fold on the far side.

Double-layer weaving

Here you can see clearly that there are 2 layers of fabric being woven at the same time

Cutting

Cutting a woven blanket from the loom.

Wet finishing

The completed weave is washed in cool water with a mild detergent, rinsed thoroughly and line dried. In the case of my blankets, they are machine washed at 30° and pinned out to size to dry.