We take you through the process of preparing your yarn and how to use various fibres and techniques to get you started on our looms and then you're let loose on our huge yarn stash (over 400 yarns!). We use a simple two pedal floor loom that is perfect for children from the age of 6 and adults to engage with this traditional craft and learn to make something new and unique with your own two hands. Once you have the basics down, which I promise takes no more than ten minutes, you will be able to pick and choose your textures and colours at your own pace and taste. Our looms are set with different coloured cotton warp which we change regularly. The warp is measured threaded by hand and are 180 – 200 threads wide (about 45 – 60cm). We find that most people (including the kids), come away with a piece of cloth big enough to make a cushion cover or a small placemat. But most of our customers like to hang their first piece on the wall. The 5 hour Freestyle Weaving Workshop is a great option if you want to make a much longer piece of fabric. You’ll find that in this workshop you’ll really zone out and get to grips with the loom and your own unique weaving style.
I've been running The London Loom with my friend Brooke since January 2017. We have now taught over 1000 workshops and have appeared in numerous publications from Time Out London to Mollie Makes, The Telegraph and the Evening Standard. Our customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive, No one leaves our workshops dissatisfied - we work hard to deliver substantial, fun and fulfilling workshops with great equipment and quality materials. We even wrote a tapestry weaving book that came out at the start of 2018 to great acclaim and plenty of 5 star reviews. We're freestyle and we love it!
Looms and all materials
Hackney Downs Studios is a creative hub in East London. The thing we hear most when people come to visit is "this space is amazing, I can't believe I didn't know it was here", true story. There's a vegan cafe, a yoga studio, florist, record shop, gallery and cocktail bar onsite as well as a huge courtyard outside the front of our shop where lots of food markets and events take place. It's a lovely space for some creative peace time.
If you're booking for children under 10, please consider whether or not you think they'll need lots or a little bit of help - if they'll need help, book them in on their own and be prepared to assist.