Introduction to Studio Practice – Tapestry Weaving.

cancelled rescheduled for October 2021/22

A 1 year, study program,  with the option of a 2nd  year Developing a professional art practice

Introduction to Studio Practice – Tapestry Weaving 

Introduction to Studio Practice is a 1 year, part time study program which offers students the opportunity to build their creative and technical skills in tapestry weaving. It is aimed at weavers who have completed a beginners’ course and are looking to commit to an extended and intensive programme of study.

There will be an opportunity to study for a 2nd year, to further develop weaving skills and professional practice.

The Course.

Each year’s study program consists of 3 x 3-day workshops. Between each workshop you will be expected to commit to a period of guided and self-directed study through a series of projects encouraging you to follow your own line of research and enquiry. Developing a body of visual research in both design and weaving techniques. Your independent study will be supported by a mid-session feedback from your tutor. (online or in person)

On completion of your first year you will have a greater insight into the creative process, from research and design, to building a wider range of tapestry skills. You will have planned a personal tapestry project which will be and completed over the summer months. (deadline early September)

There is no written/essay element to this course, but students will be expected to document their research on a chosen subject, contemporary artists and exhibitions, as a way of reflecting on their practice. On completion of this course there is no qualification, but I am happy to provide letters of reference/student report.

The workshops will be held in the creative environment of my weaving studio at WASPS studio, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. EH3 5AY

On completion of year 1 there will be an opportunity to study for a further year where you will go on to expand your tapestry skills and develop personal creative projects. Exploring an experimental approach to tapestry, working with unusual weaving materials, 3-dimensional weaving and a mixed medial approach. You will be encouraged to considering the importance of artists paperwork – statements, C.V., recording and documenting your works as well as submitting work for exhibition.

Course program 

Booking and registration From November

Pre cours projets November- December

Feedback deadline 18th December 2020

Workshop 1. Approaching tapestry        20th – 22nd January 2021

Translation.from design to weave           28th – 30th April 2021

Feedback deadline   12th March 2021

Workshop 3 Final project and finishing touches.     9th – 10th June 2021(to be confirmed)

Project completion   September 2021

2nd year (optional)                Developing professional practice

While continuing to develop you own line of enquiry, we will also explore further the creative potential of tapestry. In the h 2nd year will cover 3d weaving, experimental materials and mixed media approach, working to commission/on collaborative projects, recording and documenting your work, writing about your work, cv and artist statements, planning an exhibition/showing your work

Entry requirements.                                                 Applying for a place on the course

Places on this course are limited . This course is open to creative practitioners (weavers, painters, sculptors or designers) with some experience of tapestry weaving or students who have a have attended a beginners or introduction to tapestry course, with me or other artist/organizations. Students should have a basic knowledge of tapestry weaving alongside evidence of creative engagement. This could be sketchbooks or work in other mediums – painting, printmaking, photography, textile design, etc

A commitment to attending all 3 workshop and engaging with the feedback sessions.

Please complete and return the booking form with up to 10 images (by WeTranfer) along with a short statement (max 500 words) about your motivation for applying to come on this course.  This will help to give me an idea of what stage you are at in your creative journey, allowing me to give individual and directed teaching. For further information about the course, please call 07877457332 or email


1st year Introduction to studio practice.  £975.

2nd year (optional) Developing professional practice. £975

Payment. Deposit of £375 on booking to secure your place. Followed by the balance of £600, 4 weeks before start of the course or 6 monthly payment plan of £100 (January – June)

Your tutor

Fiona Hutchison is a graduat from the tapestry department, Edinburgh College of Art

Teaching is an important part of her creative practice and she has been running workshops from her Edinburgh studio for over 20years. She also teaches workshops for Dovecot studio, West dean College and Edinburgh University. When not teaching she develops here own work to commission and for exhibition in the UK, Europe and internationally.