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Workshop/Course, Thu 17 Sep 2020, £68

Weave colour & pattern on an 8 shaft loom

Weave colour & pattern on an 8 shaft loom

Join us for a relaxing day in our stunning art studio. Enjoy the peace and tranquility on our traditional family farm and enjoy using British locally sourced yarn.


‘Colour and weave’ effect describes the way colours in the warp and weft interlace to form patterns. From traditional, recognisable patterns such as dog-tooth or Prince of Wales checks to the more intricate and unusual pinwheels, there are lots of designs to choose from. Using an 8 shaft weaving loom, you will learn to use a variety of shaft lifts to generate your own pattern sampler. By the end of the day you will have produced a sampler containing many patterns which you can make into a small item such as a cafetiere cosy, or keep as your ‘pattern library’ along with a set of instructions on how to recreate them on your own loom.

If you’ve attended a weaving taster day or used a 4 or 8 shaft table loom before, this course will take you to the next step. To get the most out of this workshop you will have used a 4 or 8 shaft loom, be comfortable throwing a shuttle and have a basic understanding of how to read a pattern draft. Ali Sharman learned to weave with Laura Rosenzweig of Laura’s Loom and later went on to complete the Master Class Programme with renowned weave designer Janet Phillips. She is a resident maker at Farfield Arts and Craft Heritage Centre near Sedbergh in Cumbria. She specialises in handwoven tweed and also commissions short runs from a mill in the Borders.

Ali is passionate about British yarn - especially that derived from our northern flocks and is on a mission along with many others in this region to raise its profile. Ali exhibits locally and nationally and you can also find her at various local events demonstrating with the Lancs & Lakes Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers which she chaired from 2016-2018.

The workshop will be at Cowshed Creative, based in a converted Cumbrian barn on our traditional Lakeland Farm. The art studio is a stunning open plan space with plenty of room to wander outside and take inspiration from the amazing Lakeland landscape and environment of the peaceful Kentmere valley. Make it a special break and stay in one of our luxury camping pods on the farm.

All our tutors are carefully selected professionals and experts with extensive teaching experience. Whilst this is a relatively new venture, George, who has set up Cowshed Creative, has many years of experience programming and running creative courses at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and for Cumbria Adult Education.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 17 Sep 2020 10:00 to 16:30
All workshops need to be pre-booked. Please do not turn up on the day without booking.


£68 fee includes some great tuition, a stunning venue and a tasty 2 course lunch with home baked bread, cake and refreshments throughout the day. We like to finish the day with a cup of tea and slice of cake. Eat outside or enjoy lunch by the wood burner.

There is an additional material fee of £5 for yarns


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Plan to deliver workshops for kids and families - setting up adult programme first.


Browfoot Farm,


Plan route to Cowshed Creative using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 460001  Lat: 54.39424 Long: -2.83175

From the A591 turn into Staveley and follow the road until you reach the village hall. Turn following the sign to Kentmere for 1 mile. The road turns right over a bridge. Ignore this and go straight on up Browfoot Lane, keeping left of the river, for about 2 miles. Goose Howe is the property before us. Four fields further, on the right, there's a sign on the right hand wall for Browfoot Farm. Turn in here. Down the drive; The Cowshed is ahead on the left, with the sign on the wall. For the car park take a right at the two red doors, past farm buildings and left just beyond the grey corrugated tin barn.

Lifts can be arranged from Staveley Train Station.

Parking: free

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 9
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system


Service dogs allowed - discussion would need to take place when certain processes being used aren't safe for a dog

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