When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Caron Penney
  • Course Code W23TTSG03A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Learn how to warp up a frame
  • Discover 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


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Tutor led presentations, demonstrations, in group and one-to-one learning. Analysis of current approaches to tapestry weaving. Set your own learning goals in conjunction with the tutor.

    Entry requirements

    No previous experience of tapestry is necessary. Intermediate and advanced students are also welcome. An enjoyment of Art and Design. 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, 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 need

    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

    We offer termly daytime and evening tapestry courses. There is wide variety of textile courses from beginners to advanced. Follow @textilesatmorley for inspiration