Explore Tapestry

When and Where

22 Apr 2020 - 8 Jul 2020 (27.5 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Wednesday 18:30 - 21:00
Morley College London Waterloo Centre


Full fee
£270 Staged Payments may be available
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

William Jefferies
Course code

What you will learn

This is an opportunity to learn traditional French tapestry weaving and progress further with non-traditional materials and techniques. Beginners start by weaving a sampler on a small frame before making a tapestry of their own design. Experienced weavers work on individual projects.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Beginners will complete an introductory course in tapestry techniques that will include warping up, knotting on, how to handle bobbins, weave a variety of shapes, hatching and spotting
  • Intermediates will explore a variety of textural techniques, working on a project of their own choice
  • Advanced learners will pursue personal projects and explore new techniques and methods, as appropriate, Advanced techniques could include translation of an image chosen by the student or the exploration of a subject that could be expressed in tapestry.

Class format and activities

As a beginner you will warp up a frame and hand-knot a sampler tapestry under guidance, progressing to weave a tapestry. As a more advanced student you will be encouraged to create tapestry on a larger scale, perhaps using more unusual materials and techniques. All students are encouraged to develop their own creativity, and since all levels work in the same studio they benefit from each other's work.

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 but an interest in drawing or design is helpful.

What you need to know before you enrol

This course takes place in the textile studio, sitting on stools.
The class is situated on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building. There is partial disabled access 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

It is useful to have a sketchbook or notebook, and an A4 file for information sheets. The course fee includes most materials (warp and weft) but you may want to buy your own bobbins and bring yarns of your choice. Further requirements will be discussed in class.

What you can do next

Further courses in Textiles at Morley College
Part-time or full-time courses in Textiles or Fine Art, e.g. BTEC, BA or MA.