These studio workshops 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 colour blending.
You will be working 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.
You will learn to
• Set up a simple frame loom
• Construct a woven tapestry exploring a range of warp settings and weft thicknesses
• Control your weft tension/how to keep straight edges
• Create shapes, lines and curves
• Dealing with slits/interlocking weft
• Develop ideas for design
• Finishing and presenting your work
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 of 4-6 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 also teaches tapestry weaving and stitched textiles for department of Life Long Learning at Edinburgh University (Edinburgh College of Art).
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
10% discount for early booking
Fees include all materials and tea and coffee (please bring lunch). A weaving frame and bobbins will be provided for your use. If you wish to keep them, there will be a small charge of £20.
This workshop runs from 10am to 4pm
Stockbridge is 15 min walk Edinburgh’s city centre (or bus no 24, 29 and 42) and there are plenty of small shops, galleries, delicatessens and coffee shops.
A selection of weaving materials will be provided. Other equipment that you will find useful:
Scissors, basic sewing kit, any unusual threads/yarns/fabrics you have and might like to experiment with, a hard backed sketchbook, and visual materials – your own designs or some art postcards for inspiration.
Fiona Hutchison at Tapestry Studio 114
WASPS Studio (114) 1D Patriothall, off Hamilton Place Edinburgh Lothian EH3 5AY
An excellent course. Fiona's instruction was very clear with lots of lovely resources to use, ideas and encouragement for future projects. The studio is in an interesting area with nice cafe's for lunchtime. Best of all it was inspiring.