Summer Weaving 2021

At Birkhill House CIC is delighted to be able to offer this fully funded 12-week weaving programme for P7-S6, with funding and support from Creative Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Youth Borders. We have teamed up with Beyond Earlston to create a vibrant and unique programme surrounding the art of weaving. Young people will have the opportunity to learn lots of different techniques, using a variety of materials whilst also making time to hang out and have fun with the animals At Birkhill House.

All bookings should be made through Youth Worker Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston

Introduction Session

Friday 2nd July 2021, 2-4pm

This will be an introduction to the weaving sessions and to At Birkhill House, with games and other activities.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Traditional Loom Weaving

Friday 9th July 2021, 2-4pm

An introduction to traditional loom weaving with Janis Embleton, who will introduce the fascinating, ancient craft of weaving. You will be invited to keep your loom at the end of the session.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Paper Making Part 1

Friday 16th July 2021, 2-4pm

 This is part one of a two part series with paper maker Lucy Baxandall. You’ll make your own recycled paper in different sizes and colours. The biggest sheets will be used for weaving, while the others are free for you to use in all sorts of other projects – drawing, painting, writing and collage are just a few ideas.

This session should be booked along with Paper Making Part 2 on the 23rd of July.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Paper Making Part 2

Friday 23rd July 2021, 2-4pm

This is part two of a two part series with paper maker Lucy Baxandall. Using the papers you made the week before, you will be experimenting with painting styles and techniques and weaving strips of paper together to create new works of art.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Riverside Weaving

Friday 30th July 2021, 2-4pm

Riverside weaving with Carys Dawes, Emily Cropton and Lara Armitage. In conjunction with the Destination Tweed Connecting Threads project, we will meet on the banks of the Tweed, create our very own looms from found sticks and weave onto them using natural, found materials.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Weaving with Natural Fibres

Friday 6th August 2021, 2-4pm

Learn how to weave with natural fibres with Eta Ingham-Lawrie. You will be learning techniques to enable you to create a small wall-hanging to take home. Using natrual fibres and other local materials, you will work to your own design with Eta helping you along the way.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Willow Weaving

Friday 13th August 2021, 2-4pm

Willow weaving with Carys Dawes. Carys will teach you how to work with willow and make a flat woven bowl to take home with you.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Plastic Fantastic

The last five weeks of sessions will focus on a single, large-scale, collaborative project and should be booked as a block. 

Join in this five-week project, in which we will be weaving in the round onto huge trampoline frames, using feed bags, balers twine and other bits and pieces from our smallholding. 

Friday 20th August 2021, 2-4pm

Introduction session At Birkhill House to learn about the project and get to grips with the big trampoline frames and materials.

Friday 27th August 2021, 2-4pm

Riverside clean-up along the Tweed, searching for treasures to incorporate into our weavings.

Friday 3rd September 2021, 2-4pm

Weaving session At Birkhill House, using our found river materials and everything we have collected here on the smallholding.

Friday 10th September 2021, 2-4pm

Second session weaving in the round here At Birkhill House, working together on the trampoline frames.

Friday 17th September 2021, 2-4pm

Final session to finish off our masterpieces, relax and enjoy our work and celebrate with a BBQ here At Birkhill House.

Once finished, our giant looms will hang in different places throughout the Borders.

There will be plenty of time along the way to spend time with the animals, toast some marshmallows and chill out.

Book through Jemma Moffat at Beyond Earlston.

Previous events

Friendship bracelets – “donation only” day

Beaded jewellery – “donation only” day

Halloween bunting & spooky lanterns – “donation only” day

Autumn lanterns – “donation only” day

t-shirt making

Autumn printing workshop

Busy elves

Origami hearts

Origami heart bunting

Lockdown crafting kits online

Upcycle extravaganza!

Upcycle extravaganza!

Christmas tree bunting

crafting jars

Autumn delight

Origami ornaments

Origami Christmas tree ornaments

kids crafting

Christmas crafts for kids

Easter mobile kits

Christmas ornaments

Christmas cards and centrepieces

Christmas shoebox scenes

Gingerbread house lanterns

Easter activities