Spinning, weaving & dyeing
This category not only lists weaving courses and tours but also spinning and dyeing workshops, which may also relate to other textile craft skills in other sections, such as felting, crochet and knitting.
Travel-quest is a specialist holiday directory so the courses and workshops listed will be, where available, multi-day and residential. Many will be full packages that include accommodation, others will recommend suitable local accommodation near the course which students can book separately. Occasionally we do include entries that do neither of this and here we suggest you take a look at our own accommodation section for places to stay.
Short residential courses with full-time designer and craftsman, Martin Weatherhead. Courses are adaptable and can focus on weaving, spinning or dyeing or can sample a combination of all three. The well equipped weaving studio has four and eight-shaft floor and table looms, and also backstrap looms, tapestry frames and tablet weaving sets. Both natural and synthetic dyeing courses are offered and a basic level spinning course can be combined with dyeing or weaving. Courses include full board accommodation and are held in a rural studio setting in Pembrokeshire in West Wales. Dates, price and full details ...
A unique 14-day tour in Peru, visiting indigenous Quechua communities to learn about natural dying processes, hand-spinning, ancient weaving techniques using back-strap looms, and the raising of fiber producing animals such a sheep, llamas and alpaca. The tour is run by Threads of Peru, a non-profit making social enterprise registered in Cusco. The organisation aims to preserve the weaving of the Quechua women and provide them with economic opportunities. As well as the tour they also offer volunteer placements for those who wish to get more involved. Dates, price and full details ...
SCOTLAND: Journeys in textiles tour
A four-day tour discovering Shetland's rich textile traditions, covering the woven and knitted textiles of the island from North to South. The trip includes a visit to the last spinning and weave mill in Shetland; a lace spinning demo, opportunities to try looms and work with woven designs, talks with resident weavers; a visit to a knitwear collection and a hands-on workshop with a feltmaker; as well as visits to tourist sites and the spectacular scenery of Shetland.
B&B accommodation, tour transport, lunches and evening meals, entry fees and workshop materials are all covered in the package fee. Dates, price and full details ...
Large craft focused tour company offering worldwide tours and cruises based around a wide range of craft skills including felting, crocheting, embroidery, jewelry and beading, knitting, mixed media, pottery, quilting, scrapbooking, stained glass and weaving.
Textiles tours – a four day tour of textiles and scenery offering a unique insight into the textiles heritage and skills of Shetland. Covering knitwear, knitting and spinning, weaving and visiting textile collections.
Various short intensive weaving courses in Florence, particularly in Jacquard weaving, for schools, institutions, weavers groups and individuals. Courses are taught in Italian and/or English and furnished apartment accommodation is available.
Weaving courses for all levels from absolute beginners to advanced. Courses are of varying lengths, including 2-day taster courses, long weekends, or full week or two weeks courses. Also available are group weavers workshops and Jacquard courses.
Tailored spinning and dyeing tuition in Cornwall, for individuals or small groups, basic to advanced level. Spinning courses cover fibre preparation, spinning, plying and finishing. Dyeing courses cover natural and acid dyes, and the use of Indigo.
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The Travel-Quest Weaving, spinning, & dyeing category lists courses, workshops, weekends and short break packages that teach these craft skills to weavers, dyers and spinners. Also holidays and tours to weaving locations all over the world, to visit mills, to see artisan and craft weavers in action and to look at completed weavings and carpets.
Photo centre, top: Loom By flickr user: PhillipC
Photo centre, Peru tour: weaving at Chinchero By flickr user: putneymark