Devon Weavers' Workshop exhibition at Harbour House in Kingsbridge (news)

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Get Weaving, an exhibition of constructed textiles by members of Devon Weavers’ Workshop, is at Harbour House in Kingsbridge this winter.

The collection includes rugs, wall hangings, cushions, bags, woven apparel and scarves.

Each piece has been hand-woven in Devon from a variety of fibres, including wool, linen, hemp, silk, cotton, rayon and bamboo, and some items are naturally dyed.

The exhibition will include a small loom, where members of the workshop will demonstrate their techniques.

There will also be an area set aside to show the work of people who have only recently begun weaving, to encourage potential beginners when they see what can realistically be achieved.

Devon Weavers’ Workshop originated at the Craft Education Centre at Dartington, with a class taught as part of the local adult education programme.

The equipment associated with weaving requires a permanent space, and by 2004 the team of enthusiasts had managed to secure premises near Totnes.

Within a few months Devon Weavers’ Workshop was officially launched, gaining charitable status, successfully applying for its first National Lottery Award of £5,000 for the purchase of eight new Louet looms, and affiliating to the National Association of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers.

In 2008 the workshop received a second National Lottery Award to help finance the purchase of a computer-controlled, 16-shaft Louet Megado loom, offering more advanced weaving to an ever increasing membership.

Courses at the workshop are much in demand, from beginner level to advanced weaving courses attracting tutors and students from home and overseas.

Members organise regular exhibitions at the workshop itself, and at other venues in the region, as well as taking part in events such as National Trust Craft Fairs and The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey.

Weavers exhibiting at Harbour House in 2012 include Kay Balmforth, Gail Bryant, Jill Davies, Rosemary Durant, Sue Dwyer, Ann Holl and Colleen Pope.

Get Weaving is at Harbour House in Kingsbridge from December 4 to 9, 2012. Admission is free – see the Harbour House website for details.

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