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Anna Champeney in Getxo 25 – 27 November 2016

00You´ll have the chance to purchase one-of-a-kind handwovenAnna Champeney luxury merino cushions as well as our autumn scarf collections at Getxo Craft Fair in Biscay, in the Basque Country this November / Desvelamos la nueva colección de mantas lujosas y cojines de 100% merino de Anna Champeney en la feria de Getxo, donde también puedes comprar o encargar nuestros foulards de series limitadas.

You can also visit the Anna Champeney stand to find out about Textilesnaturales´ loom weaving courses or ask us about any of our looms or weaving accessories.  If you want to buy something specific contact us beforehand and save on postage – we can bring it to the fair for you! / También puedes visitarnos para informarte sobre los cursos y enseñanza uno-a-uno que ofrecemos en diseño y tejido en telar, y preguntarnos sobre los telares y accesorios que tenemos en nuestra tienda online en textilesnaturales.


Bolsas y stands de la feria de Getxo



Mentoring Partners

1000 pix Mel weaving 1000 pixThis blog is a simple tribute to my long-standing mentor and very good friend, Melanie Tomlinson.  Melanie is a well-known British designer and maker who specialises in illustration and metal.  I first got to know her in Birmingham, UK, when working as Exhibitions Organiser for Craftspace, over 15 years ago.  She´s a true professional in every sense and is very deserving of her success;  she was recently invited to exhibit in an international jewellery fair in New York, is regularly awarded artist residencies both in the UK and internationally, and designs special ranges for prestigious clients such as the Tate Modern in London.    Melanie lives and works in Birmingham,  Britain´s second largest city, but it is her passion for nature and love for all living creatures and her connection with Romania via her husband Bogdan that are her main sources of inspiration.


Mel in workshop 1000 pixAs a maker it´s so important to have a mentor or adviser and Melanie and I have been co-mentoring each other for over 10 years now.   Although we work in very different media and situations we both face many of the same challenges.  So we are in regular contact via Skype, email and by phone and offer help and advice on numerous issues from marketing to stress management to design issues and focussing.  We help each other go to beyond our comfort zone and dare to cover new ground and when we (as all makers do from time to time) suffer disappointments we help each other to get back up again and move forward.


1000 pix MelMelanie is currently here at the textile studio on a creative retreat.  But we found some time for her to try weaving on a loom for the first time.  We were both really glad that she was able to cross over to my world of looms and weaving.  Because working with metal and illustration is so different to weaving fabrics.  She wove a fabulously coloured and patterned sample – as you would expect.  And now she has a much better idea of what I´m talking about when we we talk about weave.  Next time I´m in Birmingham, where Melanie lives and works, I´m going to try my hand at printing on aluminium under her expert tuition.

I can´t wait!


Golden Beetles framed artwork by Melanie Tomlinson (Melanie works to commission)

Thank you Mel for all your friendship and support over the years.


Loom weaving course in Spain with British textile weaver and designer Anna Champeney

Cottage holidays at Casa dos Artesans

Cottage holidays at Casa dos Artesans

It´s been an intensely hot week here in Galicia north Spain.  The blue skies, the intense green of the terraced vineyards and the flowering sweet chestnut trees all mean that it´s the height of summer here.

But was it just the outside temperature or the heat generated by all the hard work and energy of the 5 students on our summer weaving course?

0 800 Andrea weaving 0 800 La urdimbre de Andrea 0 800 pix algunos proyectos antes de lavar 0 800 pix Ana concentrandose mientras enhebra los lizos de su telar 0 800 pix Analisis final del curso 0 800 pix colour changes on loom 0 800 pix muestrario muy variado por Mercedes 0 800 pix pata de gallo by Dolores 0 800 pix proyecto macos 0 800 pix raya en naranja por Andrea 0 800 pix the one & only Macus from Chicago 0 800 pix white linen by AnaAndrea, Macos, Ana, Dolores and Mercedes were a fantastic group and as you can see they all produced wonderful results.

The woven textiles don´t look like the work of beginners do they?  But 3 of the 5 projects were woven by pupils with no previous experience at all, one by a student who had previously done a 12 hour one-to-one weave course with Anna, and one pupil who has studied weaving on a weekly basis at the Chicago Weaving School and, again, is a beginner-intermediate level weaver.

As always the group dynamics can make or break a course and that´s something that´s hard for a teacher to control.  This group has been wonderful, helping each other out and taking a real interest in everyone else´s projects.

We´ve had fun outside work hours as well and enjoyed a great meal out in the Casa Grande de Cristosende, the local country hotel in the same hamlet as the studio.  Salt cod, home-cooked pork stew, the local Padron peppers (a particular favourite of mine) and home-made croquettes …..  mmm.

Well done everybody and we look forward to seeing you next summer!


If your group would like to book an intensive weave class at Anna Champeney´s studio in the mountains of north Spain, please contact us (well in advance please) by email.  We offer tuition in a variety of subjects at different levels from beginner to advanced levels including textile design for weavers and double weave fabrics.