Vocational Qualification in Weaving

There is a great deal of demand for hand-woven fabrics. Many fashion designers opt for hand-made materials due to the large range and the limited yardages. Abroad, this type of fabric is expensive. Until quite recently, there was no vocational training available in the Netherlands for those wanting to become professional weavers. De Ambachtelijke Weverij in Amsterdam has developed a vocational weaving training of 1 years (2 semesters).


Upon completing our vocational training, you will have reached the level of a professional weaver.


On traditional looms, you will be practising the four principles of weaving. From plain table looms in the first semester to a computer-controlled Jacquard hand loom in the sixth and final semester. During the remaining semesters, we will be working on – among others – paardjes, countermarch, damask and Dobby looms (with or without shuttles or regulators).

The FOUR PRINCIPLES of weaving
What is the purpose of your weaving design?
Which type of material should be used?
Which types of weaves?
What is the most suitable shape?


Techniques in Weaving.
Setting up a loom in such a way that the end result is a perfect fabric requires many steps. You will be planning different quality textiles in great detail and carry these out using the loom’s technical qualities.
You will learn:
- To prepare the loom
- To work on the loom
- To produce different types of fabric
- To recognize differences in textile quality
- The theoretical rudiments of various weaves
- To calculate material quantities
- The rudiments of design
For more information on semesters 2 - 5 of the vocational traing, please see the syllabus LEERPLAN

Details of Vocational Training Weaving
Day / time Each semester lasts just under 6 months and runs from February to June and from September to late December. There are 15 weekly lessons in each semester. The teaching takes place on Wednesdays from 10.00 - 17.00 hours.
Starting date 1st week in February(still places available) and 1st week in September.
Fees €750,- per semester (excl. VAT) incl materials.
Additional details: To master weaving properly, regular practise in the studio is advisable.
Use of looms, studio and materials is included during the course.

More information
Would you like to find out more about the vocational qualification? Sytze Roos will be happy to help.
Just send an email, or call on+31 6 - 5286 8950.