Introduction to Contemporary Tapestry 6th – 9th July 2021

This 4day summer school is for beginners and developing weavers will introduce you to the techniques of flat woven tapestry.

Using traditional materials of a cotton warp with wool weft you will learn to set up a small frame loom, considering the variety of warp materials and settings required for different designs. Working with a simple colour scheme you will weave a small sample creating shapes, angles and lines. As we begin to explore the process of constructing a woven tapestry you will learn how to control the weaving tension, keeping tidy edges.

Students will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and designs for weaving. Keeping a visual diary or sketchbook, we will consider a range of approaches to help you develop your own personal language

As part of the workshop we will have the opportunity visit the Dovecot studio to see the exhibition Archie Brennan: Tapestry Goes Pop! Brennan was a master weaver and past creative director at the Dovecot. His work “changed the course of modern weaving and is considered one of the greatest unrecognised pop artists of the twentieth century.

The course will cover

  • Warping a up a simple frame loom.
  • Basic tapestry techniques: creating shapes, lines and blending colours.
  • Keeping a sketch book and developing design ideas
  • Finishing and presenting your tapestry

Students will work individually, at their own pace and will be supported with class demonstrations and group discussions. By the end of the workshop you will have the confidence to work independently to develop your personal weaving style.

Level: Beginners and developing weavers

The course is designed for beginners – weavers with little or no experience but is also suitable for students developing and building on existing skills. The workshop is structured to provide individual tuition in small groups.


About your tutor

Fiona Hutchison graduated from the tapestry department, Edinburgh College of Art in 1985. She exhibits regularly in the UK, Europe and internationally. As well as teaching many independent workshops and mentoring emerging artists she also teaches tapestry weaving and stitched textiles for department of Short Courses at Edinburgh University.

Workshops run from 10am – 4pm. Cost £395. Selection of materials will be provided.

To book contact me at e. or mob. 07877457332
All workshops are held in my studio at WASPS, Studio 114, Patriothall, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AY