Susie Gillespie. From an early age I have been designing and weaving textiles. My interest in prehistoric textiles has led me to weave the way I do. I use antique linen yarn, nettle imported from the traditional spinners of the Himalayas and home grown flax.
The organic nature of my work due perhaps to the surface qualities inherent in the weave and the irregularities of the yarn has been my continuous theme, which I believe is particularly suited to my subject.
Creative Courses in South Devon
We put on a variety of creative courses throughout the year at our workshop and studio in South Devon.
The workshop and studio are set in our orchards next to a 15th Century cider farm and we have recently converted Barn House accommodation for you to stay in – it is a lovely place for you to relax and be inspired.
Creative Woven Textile Course with Susie Gillespie
My 2 day course is suitable for complete beginners or experienced students. I will show you basic weaving techniques as well as unusual ideas in weaving.
My workshop has 5 large floor looms which i set up with a linen warp ready for students to experiment with wrappings, twill, looping, slits and tapestry inlay.
Spinning Flax, Hemp and Nettle with Amanda Hannaford
Amanda Hannaford will share with you the techniques required to spin your own yarn from Flax, Hemp and Nettle.
These days most spinners learn to spin with wool and often don’t get the opportunity to experience the pleasure of spinning with these bast fibres and miss out on creating wonderful yarns that become softer and more beautiful with age.
Winter Residential 5 day Creative Textile Course
Winter is the traditional time for people to sit together spinning and weaving. On this 5 day fully residential course you can immerse yourself in Flax Processing, Spinning, Weaving and Natural Dying and spend the evenings by the Farm House wood burner with the other students where you can bring along your own knitting, crochet, sewing and other creative projects. There is no better way to enjoy your winter days and evenings.
Creative knotted netting course with Shuna Rendel
Shuna Rendel is a textile artist and sculptor who uses traditional textile techniques to create 2D and 3D flexible sculpture. Shuna trained under Anthony Caro at St Martins and now exhibits regularly in the UK and internationally.
We are really pleased that Shuna has agreed to put on a course for us focusing on teaching you a variety of knotted netting techniques.
Flax processing, spinning and linen weaving course
Then it’s time to move on to the weaving studio with large four shaft floor looms and begin the process of weaving the linen into cloth to produce your own cushion cover or artwork.