March 8, 2023   2:00 PM

* Please note this lecture will be at 2:00 PM to accomodate Janet Phillips and the time difference. The lecture will be recorded and emailed to all MLH members later in the day.


"Designing Woven Fabrics" with Janet Phllips


Designing Woven Fabrics discusses the design criteria that I use in order to design an original woven fabric. 


Therefore: I will be discussing and illustrating

  • how to construct weaves
  • how to develop a multiple sectioned sample blanket (gamp) exploring this weave.
  • how to join weaves together
  • how to design stripes
  • how to choose colour
  • how to apply Colour and Weave techniques to a cloth
  • the effect of sett, fibre and yarn on a cloth.


The lecture is based around the information included in Janet's  two books

"Designing Woven Fabrics" and "Exploring Woven Fabrics".


This lecture would be suitable for beginner and intermediate weavers.


Textile Designer, Hand weaver, Weaving Tutor and Author


I studied industrial textile design at the Scottish College of Textiles, graduating with a

First Class Honours Degree in 1972.  After working in industry for three years I bought a

16-shaft Dobby loom and built up a career as a commission weaver, designing and weaving functional fabrics for private clients. 


I taught a one-day, weekly community education class in Oxford from 1987 – 2004.  In 2009 I stopped my commission weaving work and now focus on teaching weaving and weave design from my own studio in Somerset, UK.


I have written three books on weave design:


The Weavers Book of Fabric Design - published 1983

Designing Woven Fabrics – published 2008, reprinted in 2009 and 2015

Exploring Woven Fabrics – published 2020


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