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Big Design Day Out: Makers Workshop for Adults 'Weaving'

  • Bullitt Hotel 40a Church Lane Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 4QN United Kingdom (map)
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In this taster workshop you will gain an introduction to the craft of contemporary tapestry weaving using a simple frame loom with designer maker Nicola Gates. Choosing from a variety of beautiful natural yarns and fibres, you will have the chance to create a miniature woven artwork using weaving, knotting and wrapping techniques.

The frames will be warped by Nicola before the class to make the most of the weaving time available and all materials will be provided.

About the tutor

Nicola Gates is a designer and maker specialising in woven textiles. In late 2015 she established Olla Nua, a collection of contemporary handwoven woollen goods. In her work she aims to use wool and other natural, sustainable materials, in a modern and imaginative way, using techniques rooted in the craft of weaving. Focusing primarily on cloth weaving for functional & wearable goods, Nicola also teaches tapestry weaving on portable looms.

Nicola grew up on a small farm in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, where she developed a love of nature and making things. Having been taught to knit and sew from a very young age by her mother, she discovered the craft of weaving while completing her degree in textile design at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, where she graduated in 2005. She has been fascinated with the craft ever since, and the endless design possibilities it offers.

Nicola currently works from her weaving studio in Belfast. She has taught several classes in tapestry weaving and felt making for local arts centres in Northern Ireland and is passionate about sharing textile skills.

For more information and images please see website:

Instagram: @ollanua

Twitter: @OllaNuaWoven