Shape Shifting – creating a shaped tapestry.                  1st/2nd March 2025

About your course

Tapestry weaving is very versatile medium and can be manipulated in many ways. Leave the square or rectangular format behind and learn how to pull and manipulate your weaving to create curves and bends in tapestry. By leaving areas of exposed and unwoven warp the tapestry, when removed for the loom the tapestry can be manipulated to create shaped or 3d tapestries.

During this workshop you will learn how to plan how to create 3d and curved forms, before going on to create small samples exploring a range of techniques.

Working in a professional tapestry artist studio you will have access to a range of materials and equipment and will learn to

  • Set up simple frame loom using a continuous warp.
  • Shaping your tapestry
  • Create curves and angles in tapestry – pulled warp technique.
  • Work with open weave and exposed warps.
  • Finishing and presenting your work

Level: Beginners and developing weavers

The course is suitable for beginners and weavers with a little experience of tapestry weaving who wish to explore tapestry technique further. 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