This week I am writing a bit about a new website which is currently being set up to be a one-stop shop for people wishing to find information on weaving in the UK. With funding from the Worshipful Company of Weavers, Philippa Brock, course leader at Central St Martins is compiling a comprehensive list of yarn suppliers, commission weavers, accessories and loom suppliers, professional bodies, short courses etc. With input from practitioners and tutors, students and manufacturers, the website is aiming to be the first place that anyone looking for information on weaving will go.
This project is filling a hole that has existed for a long time and responds to many weavers’ desire to have a place where all the information could be found. Several people have been working quietly away on separate projects, but have had difficulties with funding. This central, funded, and updatable service will prove invaluable to practitioners, people wishing to commission weave, and anyone wishing to learn about weaving.
The site is due to go live later this month, and I will give you the live link once it does. In the meantime, I hope it has whetted your appetite to see what the UK still has to offer from fibre to fabric, tuition to exhibitions and commissions.