When I lived in London, I lived in Walthamstow, which was then home to The Handweavers' Studio. It has recently relocated to larger, lighter premises in Finsbury Park. It's an absolute treasure trove for weavers. There are shelves of beautifully coloured yarn, books, postcards, fibres, magazines and a gallery of contemporary hand woven fabrics. At the back there is a light and airy teaching studio set up with looms.
"Is melon good for meloncholia?" Lynne Curran 2000
Krokbragd rug. Valerie Opher
My new yarn stash
I came away with more rayon as I love the range of colours and also the fineness of the yarn and the detail I have been able to achieve, especially in the building of curves. I also picked up some precut cards for weaving, with a view to experimenting a bit with different fibres. For my next tapestry (yes, I still have to finish the other one) I'd like to keep with the curves but create a more abstract piece.