Tapestry Weaving

Thursday Mornings | 9.30-12.30 | £150 | 6 weeks 

Tapestry weaving is a colourful and tactile method of creating a beautiful and unique textiles. It is a weft based weaving technique which can be used to create pictures varying from realistic, representational designs, to minimal and abstract pieces.

Paula teaches all levels of tapestry weaving from the first steps of understanding and exploring weaving, to more advanced techniques. We offer courses for both; Tapestry Weaving and Intermediate Tapestry Weaving. Courses that are currently available to book are listed in the ‘Book Now:’ section below.

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving

This course is for those who have already done a longer course with Paula and are fluent with warping up a frame independently (Or for anyone new to Cambridge Art Makers who can demonstrate their proficiency of the same). It is intended to be student-led so that  individual interests can be pursued. At the same time there will be guidance on advanced blending techniques, weaving shapes with transparency, and more advanced hatching and shading. Intermediate techniques include advanced colour blending, creating overlapping shapes with transparency and shading. Participants will be guided to create a simple design of their own and learn how to interpret it.

Tapestry Weaving

The first stage is to explore the structure of weaving; essentially a grid; a vertical warp stretched over a simple frame with coloured weft woven horizontally and then how to break free of the grid! The many ways in which the weft yarns are joined to build the surface fabric constitutes the fascinating potential of this wonderful craft.

Techniques include making textures through knotting, weft wrapping, and whipping, to add interest and three dimensionality to the weaving.  Other aspects include colour mixing and how to blend yarns to make an expressive weft.

Curiosity and exploration and experimentation is encouraged! Paula will help participants create and develop their personal ‘weaving vocabularies’ and teach them how to create ‘pictures’ with their knowledge.

We run these courses occasionally according to Paula’s availability. For our beginners  course, if it is your first time we offer a loom as part of the course. For those who have already done a course we offer it without.

Click on the booking links to see if there are still spaces, if their are none available please sign up to the waiting list at the bottom of this page.

Click on the booking links to see if there are still spaces, if their are none available please sign up to the waiting list at the bottom of this page.

Tapestry Weaving course with Paula Armstrong at Cambridge Art Makers

Tutor | Paula Armstrong

Paula’s love affair with textiles began at a very young age.  She was ravished by multifarious fabrics, embroidery threads, knitting yarns and everything  that was luscious,  textured,  and colourful.  Sewing and embroidery were integral to her young life. Over the years this interest has broadened, deepened and become more enriched. Although she studied weaving whilst training as a teacher Paula didn’t pursue tapestry weaving until much later on.  Meanwhile  she developed extensive practice in needlepoint and professional ecclesiastical embroidery .

Paula’s tapestry weaving draws on two main areas of continuing interest:  the detailed structure of plants, especially trees; and the constructed textile techniques of ancient non-European cultures, which can be assimilated into tapestry weaving. These latter provide the background for a strong tactile element to her work.  She researches her subject matter through sketching, photography, collage, and colour studies.

Paula  loves sharing her skills with others, enabling them to explore their own creative process.  She takes a broad, creative and flexible approach to her teaching, adapting to students individual needs and aspirations.

Term Dates

May – June 2021
  • Thursdays 20th May – 24th June

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Intermediate Tapestry Weaving – May-June 2021

Thu 20th May @ 09:30 - Thu 24th Jun @ 12:30

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Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow the signs to Linton Zoo!

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here

Covid-19 Guidelines | Please read our covid-19 guidelines which can be found here

Access | Please note that our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at [email protected]

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email [email protected]

Availability | No spaces left? Email us at [email protected] to go on the waiting list.

Related Cambridge Art Makers’ Courses:

Advanced Textiles & Mixed Media – May-July 2021

Tue 18th May @ 10:00 - Tue 6th Jul @ 13:00

Textiles & Mixed Media – May-July 2021

Wed 19th May @ 10:00 - Wed 7th Jul @ 13:00

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving – May-June 2021

Thu 20th May @ 09:30 - Thu 24th Jun @ 12:30

Tapestry Weaving – June 2021

Sat 19th Jun @ 10:00 - 16:00

Screen Printing on Fabric – June 2021

Sun 27th Jun @ 10:00 - 16:00

Screen Printing on Fabric Weekly – July-August 2021

Mon 12th Jul @ 09:30 - Mon 9th Aug @ 12:30

Two-day Tapestry Weaving – September 2021

Sat 18th Sep @ 10:00 - Sun 19th Sep @ 16:00

Advanced Textiles & Mixed Media – September – November 2021

Tue 21st Sep @ 10:00 - Tue 30th Nov @ 13:00

Two-day Hedgerow Dyeing – October 2021

Sat 2nd Oct @ 10:00 - Sun 3rd Oct @ 16:00

Wild Twines – October 2021

Sat 23rd Oct @ 10:00 - 16:00


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