Woven Forms - Experimental Surfaces : Mary Crabb 2020


Woven Forms - Experimental Surfaces : Mary Crabb 2020


Learn the technique of twining to create a range of different woven forms, with an initial focus on the basics of the technique. Working with your hands, manipulate the warp and weft threads into forms that could be functional, decorative or both. Experiment with the weave to add colour, pattern and texture to the surface of the form.

Dates: May 18 - 22, 2020

Venue: Committed to Cloth Studio, Surrey

Course Fee: £450      Deposit £225

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About MARY

From a childhood spent making, I now make small woven non-functional decorative objects. Originally learning to make traditional willow baskets, an introduction to textile basketry and the suggestion to try some different materials took my making in a new direction. Working with fine flexible materials, I weave using adapted traditional basketry techniques.

My favourite technique is twining. It requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. The weaving gives a smooth, slightly undulating surface. Although repetitive and time consuming, the placing of each weaver informs the final piece 



Start on the first day, with an introduction to twining; a technique that makes a connection between both basketry and textiles. Twining requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. It is a slow, but steady technique that produces a beautiful undulating surface weave. Learn to twine by working with your hands and a few simple tools. Next develop your twining skills by focussing on form. Weaving from the base up, with the addition and removal of warp threads, play with the form and the rhythm of the surface. Consider the base of the form, and ways of resolving the ends of the warps. Finally, focus on the decoration and embellishment of the surface, by selection of weaving materials, woven patterns, knots, or the addition of surface stitch.



  • Threads, wools, string, paper yarns, twine and cords, in a selection of colours and textures

  • Rope for working in a larger scale, but no thicker than sash cord.

  • Scissors, large for cutting string and twine, and finer for threads

  • Large eyed needles, metal and plastic

  • Bulldog clips and pegs for holding work

  • Tape measures

  • Technique hand outs

  • Enthusiasm, encouragement, individual support

  • PLEASE bring a materials fee of £25 in cash


Asthma and hay fever suffers are recommended to bring their medication as occasionally the fibres from some strings may bring on symptoms.

Please note: It is essential to wear sturdy, flat, rubber-soled sensible shoes with good support. (The Studio has concrete floors)

PLEASE BRING WITH YOU Any of the things Mary has listed and the following

  • Scrap lengths of materials that could be cut up and used for warps or weft

  • Fine sewing threads will not be suitable unless used to add a fleck of colour to the weaving

  • You might like to bring some general hand sewing equipment

  • Beads or buttons, to be inserted in the weave if desired

  • Photographs, drawings or objects that could inspire a form or an interesting surface

  • A notebook or sketchbook for recording any additional information

  • Camera if useful, for recording stages of working

  • Reading glasses are advisable if you need them for close work



Please arrive no later than 9.15am on the Monday for a 9.30am start.  Teaching hours will run from 9.30am to 4:30.  The studio opening hours will be from 8.30am to 5.00pm. If you arrive early bear in mind that the Class does not begin until 9:30 as we may still be setting up. 

On Friday, the studio will close at promptly at 4:00.


Lunches, tea/coffee, nibbles and fruit will be provided.

We can provide gluten free, and vegetarian meals. We need to chat if you have more complicated dietary needs!

See the Accommodation list, which comes with student feedback, if you need to stay locally.

Contact and Directions : www.committedtocloth.uk/say-hello

 Leslie Morgan lm@committedtocloth.com