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Beamed off!

Virtual resources to stay connected and keep you delighted at home

Beaming off is when we transfer the warp threads from the big warping wheel to the warp beam, which goes into the back of the loom.

This page features a range of different ways to access the Mill from your own home, including ideas for teachers, tips for crafters and family friendly fun. Have a browse through, and let us know if there is anything else you would like to see!

Weaving Videos

Watch a selection of videos created by our weaving team to help you get started on your weaving journey!

Get recycling your cardboard by making this simple loom:

Ever wondered how to make a warp… look no further:

Part 2 of planning a warp, time to get designing, pencils out!:

Make some colourful pom pom flowers in a yarn wrapped vase:

Some top tips for getting started with a frame loom:

Decorate your walls in style with this wall hanging tutorial:

Family Activities

We love our family make & take sessions and children’s workshops; here are a few activities that we have adapted for home.

Hug in the Post Craft

It's that time of the week again! We have a lovely craft for you today…a hug in the post! This is a really lovely one to do with kids, and send a little message to your loved ones through the post. Check out the video below to see how to do it! #craftyfriday #handmade #createeveryday #museumsfromhome #smile #gifts #behappy #lockdown #isolationproject #covid19 #togethernessIf you have enjoyed our videos, we would be very grateful for any donations to help us preserve the Mill and the heritage of weaving:

Posted by Whitchurch Silk Mill on Friday, 22 May 2020
Pompom flowers and yarn wrapped vases

Hope everyone is keeping well! We have another crafty video for you in keeping with spring time. This will show you how to make pompom flowers and vases from recycled bottles. Have fun! 🌻 also sorry about right at the end being upside down 😂In this video you will need: a empty bottle, colourful yarn, PVA glue, glue brush, card, scissors, pencil, sticks and something small and round to draw around happy crafting 🧶✂️ #MuseumFromHome

Posted by Whitchurch Silk Mill on Friday, 17 April 2020
Yarn wrapped letters

Hey everyone we’re back for another crafty Friday with yarn wrapped letters for bedroom doors. Happy crafting 🧶✂️In this video you will need: card, scissors, a pen, glue and some yarn and or old textile rags #MuseumFromHome

Posted by Whitchurch Silk Mill on Friday, 24 April 2020

Silk Production Videos

Usually these videos are available to watch within the Mill to help explain the silk weaving process. Start with winding, the process of preparing the silk warp threads on the top floor. The second video shows the warping process, getting the silk warp ready to take downstairs to the loom. The last video shows a loom being prepared for use and finally in action.

John Pilkington Whitchurch to China ‘the Hard Way’ Heritage Open Day 2020

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