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5 days of double weave with Anna Champeney in Galicia, north Spain

5 wonderfully intensive and stimulating days at Anna´s weave studio in the beautiful moutain setting of the Ribeira Sacra, some 2 hours from Santiago de Compostela with two fairly experienced weavers as students.  A busy time, working hard, setting up looms, getting to grips with double weave, enjoying the local wine.

 

A real sense of wonder, accompanying the students and encouraging them to discover the real wonder of being able to design double weave fabrics on one´s own – instead of copying instructions from a book or a set of course notes.

“I felt inspired coming to this course – but I´m going back home even more inspired”

“I can´t wait to get home to do more sampling”

A great course experience, so thank you Mercedes and Estela and see you here again for some natural dyeing or Weavepoint tuition!  Anna.

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Anna´s special approach to teaching is to encourage students to learn for themselves – and really  get to grips with what the threads and loom shafts are actually doing when a double weave fabric is made.

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Sample woven by Estela with areas of 2-block double weave and plainweave with colour-and-weave effects.

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Both pupils are fairly experienced weavers – Mercedes Blanco, (Artesanía Mercedes Blanco) y Estela Sánchez.

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Does it seem difficult to weave 4 layers of fabric, one underneath another, on an 8-shaft loom?  In the course you have the chance to weave a sample and discover yourself how it´s constructed and woven.

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Double weave seen from the inside – one layer black, the other white

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Anna shows students how to use the double weave design sheets that encourage real understanding of how double weave fabrics are made on 8 shaft looms0i

El ambiente en Anna Champeney Estudio Textil ha sido relajado y estimulante. En los bajos de la casa típìca de piedra donde se imparte el curso se protege del fuerte calor de agosto.

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There are so many possible samples to weave – Anna guides students through different variations but students are able to follow their own inclinations and try out variations that occur to them.

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Mercedes´ elegant black and white sample with colour and weave effects

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Intense concentration, yes.  But also humour, wine tasting and lots of weavery conversations

Telar Louet Spring – warping up with a 20 metre warp is straightforward when you use the Louet raddle!

“We love Louet looms” – Handwoven textile designer Anna Champeney and university textile graduate, Rosie Shayler (University of Falmouth).  

Photos:  Anna Champeney Estudio Textil, north Spain, 15 August 2015

Louet loom dealer in Spain

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A 20 metre merino wool warp goes on without problems thanks in part to the Louet Spring loom inbuilt raddle system

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No “combing” tangled warps with the back-to-front warpign system used with the Louet Spring – a well-made warp just requires tugging and shaking at intervals to get the yarns lined up again to wind on.  So much easier!

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Beautiful!

Intensive natural indigo dyeing course in north Spain (in Spanish) by Textilesnaturales

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Samples of wool, rustic linen and cotton fabrics dyed during the course

A wonderful day for the course here in Galicia, northwest Spain.

Our group of pupils was international – coming from Galicia, England, Portugal and other regions of Spain.   By coincidence all our students are professionals in the fashion industry.  Although with blues in fashion once again and an ever growing interest in natural processes and dyes perhaps it´s not such a surprise.

We´ve had a great day – and achieved some wonderful rich and delicate natural greens and blues from indigo.

As always in Anna Champeney courses the emphasis of the course is on teaching techniques and experimenting to produce samplers which can be used for future reference.

If you feel inspired and would like to book one of our indigo courses then contacta con nosotros to ask about future dates and other textile courses in north Spain.  You can also follow us on facebook

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Rosie´s sampler

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Paula´s sampler with yellow ground dye prior to indigo-dyeing

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Linen (in foreground) and wool (background)

Sara y Jacobo with cotton before dyeing

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Hilo de lino teñido con índigo con otras muestras detrás

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The first stage of dyeing greens with indigo is, of course, dyeing with yellow as a ground colour.  There are many different natural dyes for dyeing different greens – but each will produce a different hue.

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International flavour.  After the course we all contributed some food and drink and enjoyed an evening of good company, wine, chorizo, local bread and cheese by the workshop as the sun went down.

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The view over the villlage on the day of the course

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The magical process of dyeing with indigo.  As you pull the dyed skein or fabric out of the bath you see it change colour under your very eyes.