We love to make things with our hands – it’s fun and good for you! and we know that there are loads of other finger-twitching cretins out there just like us. We made somewhere colourful and bright, not twee and not disposable. A place with good equipment and quality materials. Because most of all we wanted to meet everyone who wants what we want and to form a community of our own. So here we are – The London Loom. We like to call ourselves a weaving and textile craft studio but we’re also just a colourful place with ace tunes and good chat, if you like any of those things, chances are you’ll like us.

Francesca Kletz

While visiting her sister Zara in Japan, Francesca discovered a small community weaving studio in Kichijoji; she took one afternoon beginners class and fell in love with the freedom and calm of the Japanese freestyle weaving process. Without anywhere to practice in London, Francesca trained to teach at a Japanese weaving studio in New York and decided to come home and open The London Loom.

Before directing her attention to weaving, with a BA in Art History (University of Kent) and an MA in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia) Francesca taught children and teenagers with Special Educational Needs and freelanced for various art and culture publications. Francesca has been teaching tapestry weaving and other textile crafts since 2015. Francesca (and Brooke) is the author of Weave This (Hardie Grant 2018).

Brooke Dennis

Brooke closed her small sewing studio in New Zealand in 2013 to move toLondon with her husband and two children. In London Brooke discovered the art of weaving and bought her first loom. In contrast to her professional work, constructing garments, Brooke found that she loved the gentle and tactile practice of making cloth on a freestyle loom; flowing with her intuition rather than following measurements and patterns.

Originally qualified in Fashion Design (The Design and Arts college of New Zealand), Brooke has been teaching various textile crafts to children and adults since she landed in the UK. Brooke (and Francesca) is the author of Weave This (Hardie Grant 2018).

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