Janet Phillips

textile designer, hand weaver, weaving tutor


Practical Courses

Weaving, spinning and dyeing courses with Janet Phillips, in the village of Nether Stowey at the foot of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. Please view and print my Natural Time Out brochure for further details of these courses.

COST: £50 per student per day 10am - 4pm.
MATERIALS: £8 per project

Students who have attended my courses have written about their experiences. You can read their feedback by clicking here:

I can give practical one/two/three day or week long weaving courses in the following subjects:

Designing on paper. Constructing weave diagrams, threadings and lifting plans- based on 2/2 twill weave. Draw-downs. Colour and Weave effects etc, etc!

Day 1: Finding colour ideas, Designing stripes, Card winds, Card loom samples. Preparing a warp for putting on the loom
Day 2: Taking the ideas discovered in day 1 and then Designing With Colour on the loom.

The content of these courses are flexible but in general they follow the following format:
Composite sample blankets are woven to illustrate the basic textures and effects that can be achieved with the four shaft weaves.
Further days on the workshop will enable the student to experiment with design techniques, which will develop these basic effects into original fabric designs.

Weave Structures that can be studied are:
4 Shaft Rug Weave Structures:
Plain Weave and Skip Plain Weave
Twills for Rugs
Double Corduroy and Knotted Pile
3 end Block Weave
4 end Block Weave – Summer & Winter for Rugs
Warped faced Rugs
Introduction to KILIM Weaving

4 Shaft Fabric Structures:
Summer and Winter for Fabrics
Lace Weaves
Shadow Weave
Double Cloth
Twills for Fabrics
M & O's
Bedford Cord
Theo Moorman technique
Colour & Weave Effect
Warp Repp
Collapse Weave
8 Shaft Fabric Structures
Double Cloth
8 shaft Twills
Bold Colour & Weave Effect/ Deflected Double Cloth
Block Weave

A practical session on -
Designing warps
Making warps
Putting the warp on the loom
Threading the heddles and reed.
Weaving a cushion cover in different four shaft weaves


Janet with a student

You can contact me by emailing: janetphillips@clara.co.uk