Oxford Summer School

Caroline Marriott

A friend described me recently as ‘a colourist’ and I think that is a good way of explaining who I am and what I do. I went to university in St Andrews where there was a huge woollen mill with cones of wool in every colour imaginable. I bought quite a few of them and crotcheted stripey sweaters and shawls. At the end of my degree I tried to earn my living selling my work, but my lack of business knowledge soon caused me to go and get a ‘proper’ job.

Eventually I took a teaching course and for many years I combined teaching in school with creating my own work. I learned a great deal about weaving through my involvement in the Big Weave (thebigweave.org), which was a community project with the intention of engaging people to weave together. We took a huge tapestry frame to many different venues, arts events, schools, community groups and encouraged people to join in in creating a community tapestry. Often we had people waiting to have a go so we set up peg looms and weaving sticks to entertain them. So along the way I became a bit of a weaver and began to develop some ideas of my own especially with weaving sticks which are a very accessable form of weaving and have the great advantage of being able to be carried around in a bag.

Since I gave up school teaching I have stitched, weaved and rag rugged, all the time combining wools and fabrics to produce colourful and textural cushions, bags, pictures and dolls.

Course Title Tutor Start Date Days Cost
Peg Looms and Weaving Sticks Caroline Marriott Mon 8th Aug 3 £156

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