Instructor:    Janet Phillips

Workshop Description:   Designing Woven Fabrics

This workshop will be based on the text of Janet’s book ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’.  Janet will address how to construct a multiple-sectioned sample blanket or gamp, and explore design options with a 2/2 twill weave structure. Janet will cover understanding weave structure, threading plans, lifting plans, tie-up plans and treadling plans.  Design criteria include: color and weave, joining weaves, choosing color, designing stripes, yarn and fiber, sett, and dyeing techniques.


This is the 2nd session and will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.  This is one week after the WGB October meeting.


The second session will focus on design criteria which can be applied to the patterns in the sample blanket to enable original fabrics to be woven, referencing the text in ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’.


Prerequisite:  Session 1

Supplies:  Copy of ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’, graph paper, pencil, eraser, colored pencils, calculator, six cones of differently colored yarns for discussion about color.

Materials/Handouts Fee:  None

Attendee Limit:  22

Attendees Must Have:

  • Must have and be willing to use Zoom
  • All levels of weavers are welcome but must understand the basics and be able to read any weaving draft, warp a loom correctly and follow weaving instructions.
  • Have a 4 or 8 shaft loom, ideally with a weaving width of at least 24”.
  • Participants should have read Part 1 of ‘Designing Woven Fabrics’ before the first study session.


Instructor Bio:  Janet Phillips

Textile Designer, Hand weaver, Weaving Teacher and Author 

Janet studied Industrial Textile Design at the Scottish College of Textiles, graduating with a 1st class Honours Degree, and the Dr Oliver medal for the best design student for 1972. 

Janet worked in industry for several years before buying a 16-shaft George Wood Dobby loom, and starting her career as a commission weaver. She initially wove floor rugs, but finally specialised into weaving original fabrics for clothing and interiors for private clients. Janet stopped this work in 2009. After weaving yardage for 35 years, she is now concentrating on passing her knowledge on to others, by teaching courses and writing books. 


The Weavers Book of Fabric Design – published 1983
Designing Woven Fabrics – published 2008, Reprinted in 2009, 2015, 2021

Exploring Woven Fabrics – published 2020 


1986 – present: Teaching weave structure and weave design in the UK and abroad.


Designing Woven Fabrics - Session #2 - October 20, 2021

  • You will received an email Zoom invitation a few days prior to the class.

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