Welcome to the Findhorn Weaving Studio!
The Findhorn Weaving Studio is located in the Pineridge area of The Park, Findhorn, between the Findhorn Pottery Studio and the Barrel house cluster.
At the Weaving Studio we offer beginner’s classes for adults and children, and possibilities for advanced weavers to continue to learn or join us with their own projects. We continue to weave the radiant wall panels that have been the image associated with the Weaving Studio for over thirty years, the Sunrise Panel, Star of Bethlehem and Crystal Light panel. We also offer a range of other handwoven items, and we organise special events throughout the year, contact us for details.
History of the Weaving Studio
The Weaving Studio first opened in 1971, one in a row of craft studios that included the Pottery Studio and the middle Studio (now a Findhorn Foundation office) where candles, macramee, leather work, enamel and silkscreen paintings were produced. The Weaving Studio was soon selling rugs, ponchos and wall hangings, and also training new weavers.
At that time the one universal symbol displayed in the community’s meditation sanctuary was the Sunrise Panel, a woven wall panel gifted by the Donavourd Weavers of Pitlochry. It had arrived unexpectedly just after the building’s completion, and Eileen’s guidance confirmed that it was meant for the new sanctuary. The panel, initially called Godshine, was designed by Patrick Lidington in 1960, based on an American colonial pattern illuminated by colour. It was later renamed the Sunrise Panel, and accompanied by this poem :
Sunrise: One light is in us all One light unites us One light gives us life One light guides us.
A few years later, when the Donavourd weavers were closing their studio, the pattern for this panel and the 230 year old Dobby flying shuttle loom to weave it on, were given to the Weaving Studio. Later Patrick Lidington came to Findhorn to teach his weaving techniques on the Great Loom.
Based on the original design, two other panels were developed : the Star of Bethlehem and the Crystal Light.
Over the years weavers came and went, new weavers learned from the ones that were leaving, and although there were quieter times when not all the panels were woven in the studio, the skill was not lost. And there is space for new weavers to come in, train and be part of the studio’s weaving tradition.
One of the original impulses of the Findhorn craft studios was to build bridges and, in the radiant beauty of the weavings, pots and other crafts, to carry the message of Findhorn into the world. Almost 40 years later this is still what happens, with every weaving that goes out from the studio.
For any information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone +44 (0)1309 690712.