Posted by: bschutzgruber | September 3, 2013

Weaving in Wales -The adventure begins…

Arrival at Summer School wearing my 'Surround Sound' vest

Arrival at Summer School wearing my ‘Surround Sound’ vest

On August 1st, I boarded a plane and flew east across the Atlantic for the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers biennial summer school being held at University of Wales Trinity St. Davids College in Carmarthen, Wales.  Over 200 fiber loving folks gathered for a week to participate in the 16 course being offered this year in:

Spinning Beyond the Basics
Creative Spinning
Short Fibre Spinning

Australian Aboriginal String Bags
Kumihimo/Marudai Braiding

Eco Dyeing
Turkey Red/Madder

Bags from Bits
Sewing Handwoven Fabric

3-End Block Weave
Warp Ikat
Pick-up Damask in Linen
Rule Breaking Weaving
Inkle Weaving
Textiles that Shape Themselves

I arrived Friday evening and wandered about Carmarthen, the oldest town in Wales and legendary birthplace of Merlin, on Saturday and Sunday.

deciphering signage

deciphering signage

enjoying market day

enjoying market day

exploring the castle

exploring the castle

Complete with a rainbow, summer school began Sunday evening as we all gathered to reconnect with friends and meet our instructors.


Alastair Duncan

There were 12 of us in the tapestry class taught by Alastair Duncan.  Alastair was born in Scotland, raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and now lives in Wales.

Classes ran Mon-Sat from 9am-5pm with evening lectures, activities, or continuing to work in our classrooms or taking work back to our dorm rooms.

On Monday we……


talked about design

warping  frame looms

warped frame looms

weaving exercises

and completed several exercises.

By 10pm I had completed my first project and was ready to call it a day.

3 1/2" x 6"

Project 1 (3 1/2″ x 6″)


  1. Fascinating! l love the pictures and hearing about your experiences.

  2. You crafty thing 😉 I didn’t notice you taking all those photos.

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