Tapestry Art

When and Where

15 Feb 2020 - 21 Mar 2020 (27 hours, 6 weeks)
Days and times
Saturday 11:00 - 16:30
Morley College London Waterloo Centre


Full fee
£265 Staged Payments may be available
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Caron Penney
Course code

What you will learn

Study the art of tapestry weaving through the interpretation of the artist's mark. Learn to design, make cartoons and use colour recognition through flat weave techniques of blending, hatching and shaping. The group will look at the work of artists such as Tracey Emin, John Hubbard and Gillian Ayres, all painters the tutor has worked with on a series of commissioned tapestries. This course is suitable for those with previous experience and beginners, though beginners must be able to warp a frame.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • demonstrate how to warp up a frame
  • demonstrate techniques such as blending, hatching, weaving dots, lines and other mark making
  • create your own designs and cartoons for future tapestries
  • discuss the work of contemporary artists and weavers

Class format and activities

• Listening to tutor presentation, explanation, demonstration, in group and one-to-one learning
• Critical analysis of current approaches to tapestry weaving
• Setting your own learning goals in conjunction with the tutor
• Weaving set samples, and your own designed project
• Demonstrate hatching - a series of closely spaced parallel lines, blending - combining coloured threads, half passes - a series of dots, and shaping.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

• No previous experience of tapestry is necessary
• Intermediate and advanced students are also welcome.
• An enjoyment of Art and Design is expected
• Some experience of drawing is necessary
• Manual dexterity, and good vision are essential

What you need to know before you enrol

• This course takes place in the textile studio, disabled access is by stair lift.
• The course requires good manual dexterity and vision to enable you to fulfill the projects set.
• You must sit in the correct position to avoid any back or neck strain.
The class is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is partial disabled access is via a stair lift. Please contact ALS on: 0207 450 1972 or Art & Design Admin on: 0207 450 1934 before enrolling if you have any mobility support needs

What you will need for your class

• Notebook or sketchbook and pencil
• A4 file for handouts
• Further requirements maybe individual to the student and will be discussed in class.
Tapestry frames can be borrowed, however if you wish to complete your work after the course has ended you should bring your own frame. These can be bought from Handweavers Studio, or Fibrecrafts.

What you can do next

• There are other courses available at Morley in tapestry and textiles.
• Join groups like the British Tapestry Group
• Exhibitions