Coordinated by Craft NI, August Craft Month at The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre is the annual celebration of contemporary craft in Northern Ireland encouraging audiences to learn more about contemporary and traditional craft through workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks, fairs and other exciting craft events.

The Market Place Theatre have teamed up with experienced willow and textile weavers Sabine Wolniczak and Nicola Gates to host two weekends of fantastic weaving workshops.

On 4 and 5 August, you can come along and participate in exploring some of the techniques of Willow Basket Weaving. With the assistance of experienced craft tutor and basket-maker Sabine Wolniczak from Beaghmore Baskets you will spend the two days making a natural and bespoke round shopper with handle using locally grown, harvested and seasoned willow. You are guaranteed to embark on a stimulating and invigorating experience. All materials will be supplied. The workshops will run from 10am to 4pm each day and participation costs £80 or £75 (concession).

Then in our two-day Introduction To Tapestry Weaving workshop on 11 and 12 August, you will learn the foundation skills of tapestry weaving on a simple frame loom. As well as covering the basic techniques, the workshop will encourage individual expression and experimentation. On day one we will focus on learning the basics of plain weave, creating shapes and textural techniques such as rya knotting and sumak, to create a small sampler. Working at your own pace, on day two you will have the chance to create a small abstract wall hanging, exploring texture, colour and composition. The workshops run from 10am to 4pm each day and participation costs £55.

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