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Moon Rain Centre is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to integrating creativity and harmony in the community through the creation, exhibition and teaching of tapestry weaving and textile arts. The name Moon Rain refers to the mystical connection between the moon, weaving and the cosmos. Located in the Gatineau Hills, in the Outaouais region of Quebec, Canada, Moon Rain is known for its unique approach to creative tapestry weaving. The Vision of Moon Rain is to share the beauty and mystery of Weave

Friday, July 31, 2009

Art In Action

Art in Action is a wonderful event that takes place near Oxford each year. It has become a showcase for Art and Craft in the UK. The intention is that artists set up as close as possible to workshop conditions so that the visiting public can enjoy seeing them at work. We were delighted to take The Big Weave along. We had a tent dedicated to The Big Weave and were busy weaving away over the four days of Art in Action. We had lots of visitors either joining in or just happy to watch the peaceful activity. The weather could have been a lot kinder, we had torrential rain, thunder and lightning! Joanne, our intrepid photographer came along despite the weather and took a few pictures of us working on the red brickwork of the Reading houses and bridge.

Here is a link for Art In Action if you would like to find out more... .

Photographs by
Joanne de Nobriga

Alfred Sutton School

The Big Weave was at a local school, Alfred Sutton. The classes had the opportunity to watch the tapestry weavers and had the chance to weave too.

Photographs by
Joanne de Nobriga

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Henley Festival

On July 10 and 11, The Big Weave was at the Heneley Festival. As can been seen from the following photographs, the tapestry is now at about 6 inches and has had many hands, eyes and minds involved. It is a wonderful community project.
For more on the Henley Festival visit the website

Photographs by
Joanne de Nobriga

Monday, July 13, 2009

Day Three Ends

Using the skills and techniques they learned on the small frame looms, the weavers work on the main tapestry

Placing the weft
Note the bubble technique of placing the weft
Close Up
Putting the new skills to use
Many hands
This is a community tapestry project

Photos by
Joanne de Nobriga

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Big Weave Day Three

On day three Thoma Ewen gave a workshop for teachers, weavers and craftspeople at Maiden Erlegh school. The small frame looms were produced at the school and are an invaluable tool in learning how to weave a tapestry.

Frame looms
Putting a warp on the frame looms
Separating warp threads
Using fingers to manipulate the warp
Tapestry is started
The first couple of inches of weaving
Nearing the end of this weaving
Only a few more picks to go
Cutting the warp
The warp threads are cut and tied
A small finished tapestry
Holding up a wonderful piece
Two more tapestries
More example of the tapestries produced during the workshop

Photos by
Joanne de Nobriga

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Day Two Ends

Placing the cartoon The cartoon is set in place behind the warp
Marking the warp
A black marker is used to draw the design on the warp
Caroline & Thoma weave the heron's wingtip
The weaving is on!!

Photos by
Joanne de Nobriga

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Big Weave Cartoon

The Big Weave Project is now into day 2 and the preparation of the cartoon of the design is the main focus.

Working with the design
Careful planning is needed
Placing a grid
Using a grid to map the design
Transfering the design to full size cartoon
By way of the grid the cartoon is drawn to full size
A cornucopia of colour
A selection of the wool for the Big Weave Project

Joanne de Nobriga

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Big Weave Day 1

Moon Rain and it's artistic director Thoma Ewen are so pleased and excited to be participating in The Big Weave, a coming together of artists and community to create a public art project which gives adults and children the opportunity to learn new skills and to participate in the creation of a unique community artwork.
This international project is located in Reading England and will take place during three weeks in July. Part of the beauty of the project will be derived from taking the project out into the community, teaching basic weaving techniques and providing the opportunity for all to weave.
Reading photographer Joanne de Nobriga joined us and took some amazing photos of the activity. Joanne will join us regularly during the three weeks of this project and has generously offered to document the event. Thank you Joanne.
Below are some of her photographs from day 1

Warping up

Diane and Caroline warping up The Big Weave Loom
Checking the tension
Thoma checks the tension of the warp on The Big Weave Loom
The first shed
Thoma prepares the first shed on the loom
Down to work
Three weavers settle down at the loom
The first pick
The first pick of the project is laid in place
The design
Going over the design

Check back to follow the progress of The Big Weave. Also please go to the Big Weave website at