More about Frome Textile Workshop
The workshop focusses primarily on weaving, using a variety of looms such as large floor looms, table looms, tapestry looms and inkle looms.
Facilities for spinning are available at the workshop though we do not have anyone to teach this skill at present.
The Workshop at the Steiner School is open every day to DBS cleared members, though our main social meeting days are Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There are no tutors, and we do not hold classes. Novices are guided through the basic techniques and supplied with instructions. They will then work alongside the other members, asking for help when they require it or finding answers in our library, online etc.
We all contribute by sharing what we know and taking time to help each other so that we learn and enjoy our craft together. It is a very relaxed and informal way of learning. All members share joint responsibility in the running of the group and housekeeping.
As we progress, we help to support the group by donating one item for sale for every two that we produce for ourselves using yarns from the large stock that we hold at the workshop.
These donated items, plus some personally produced items, are sold at reasonable prices to raise funds at our sales. The sales are usually held in separate premises close to the centre of Frome during the Independent Market in July and December.
The workshop pays rent to the Steiner School for use of its properties. This expense and other running costs have to be met entirely by the membership. Money is raised in three main ways: by a monthly subscription, by a small day fee for each day of attendance and by sales of work, as detailed above.
The monthly subscription is £20.
The day fee is £2, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits.
Additionally, members pay for the yarns used from stock, or are welcome to supply their own yarns.
As we operate on school premises during the day, all full members are required to be cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as part of the safeguarding procedures of the Steiner Academy. Applications for DBS clearance can be made through the workshop.
In school hours, visitors and new members without DBS clearance can be on site as guests but must be accompanied round the site by full members. Please contact us if you want to arrange a visit.