September 7-9, 2016 – Jason Collingwood
4-end Block Weaves & Summer and Winter
4-end block weave (taquete), is an extremely versatile structure for rug weaving. Offering many of the design possibilities that are achievable in 3- end block weave, it is non-the-less visually very different. The threading allows for plain weave and this means we can explore summer and winter in this class, opening up a whole new range of design options. Shaft switching in relation to this weave structure will be explained. The class will include instruction on how to set up one’s loom correctly for rug weaving. Twining at the beginning and end of the rug, darning in of the loose ends, use of the temple and many other invaluable tips for successful rug weaving. Each class concludes with a look at rug finishes, a few of the many finishes will be demonstrated.
Having briefly learned to weave from his father at the age of 18, Jason returned to the discipline 6 years later and set up his own workshop in 1986, located in Nayland, Suffolk. Over the last 29 years Jason has woven to commission somewhere in the region of 2000+ rugs, mostly for private clients, though also for some corporate clients, and worked with numerous architects and interior designers. Large commissions include a series of 24 rugs for the Sheraton hotel in Dar-es Salaam, in Tanzania and a series of rugs for a castle in Switzerland. Exhibitions include a one man show in Amsterdam, and two man shows in Oxford, Connecticut (USA), and Portland (USA). The rugs can be woven to any size and colour way, are strong and durable for use on the floor, but equally can be used as wall-hangings. In addition to designing and weaving, Jason spends 3-4 months each year teaching at various art schools in America, Australia, Canada and Europe. This has led to Jason having his own brand of rug wool in America, as well as instructional DVD's and publications.