Introduction to tapestry weaving.                                                             1st/2nd February 2025

About your course

This weekend workshop will introduce you to the basic skills involved in creating a woven tapestry, from warping up a simple frame loom to exploring flat woven techniques, creating shapes, lines and playing with colour.

You will be working on a small frame loom, creating a woven sample with a range of traditional materials of a cotton warp and wool weft.  When you are comfortable working with these materials you can go on to explore the variety of surface qualities that can be achieved by using a wider range of materials such as cotton, linen, sisal and paper.

During the course you will learn to

  • Set up a simple frame loom
  • Control your weft tension/how to keep straight edges
  • Create some basic shapes, lines and curves
  • Deal with slits/interlocking weft
  • Consider ways of developing ideas for design
  • Finishing and presenting your work

Level: Beginners and developing weavers

The course is designed for beginners or 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 within a small group of students.

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 has taught tapestry weaving and stitched textiles at Edinburgh University (Edinburgh College of Art). Currently teaching short courses at West Dean College, Gartmore House and at the Dovecot Studios.

Weekend Studio Workshops £215. Workshop fees include all materials, tea and coffee (please bring lunch) and the used of all equipment. A weaving frame and bobbin will be provided for your use. If you wish to continue weaving you can purchase the weaving kit (frame, bobbin and portfolio bag for £45).

Workshops run from 10am – 4pm. in my studio at WASPS, Studio 114, Patriothall, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AY

To book contact me at or mob. 07877457332