In the first week at Dovecot, ATW weavers Karlie, Sophie and Leith are getting to know the Studio and how it operates. They are being introduced to everyone in the team, as well as finding out about the wool we use, the palette of colours and bobbins, as well as the current projects on the looms and rug tufting frame. Ben Hymers, Dovecot’s Apprentice Weaver has given them a tour of Dovecot’s current exhibition Daughters of Penelope and hopes to extend this tour of tapestries and rugs created by Dovecot, on display in and around Edinburgh, later in the week.
Karlie, Sophie and Leith are now warping up, and beginning to weave on their own individual panels inspired by what they will observe on the exchange trip. They are currently very drawn to the undyed yarns used on The Large Tree Group Tapestry project with artist Victoria Crowe. This tapestry is now on display in the National Museum of Scotland.