Friday Mornings | 9.30-12.30 | £190 | 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.
During this course you will explore the structure of weaving, which is essentially a grid; a vertical warp stretched over a simple frame with coloured weft woven horizontally. You will also learn 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.
You will learn to make textures through knotting, weft wrapping, and whipping, to add interest and three dimensionality to the weaving. Curiosity and exploration and experimentation is encouraged!
Each week will examine different aspects of colour mixing and how to blend yarns to make an expressive weft. You will experiment with various visual effects to build a picture. By the end of the course you will have created a personal ‘weaving vocabulary’ to share and inspire.
We run these courses occassionally according to Paula’s availability. If it is your first time on the course you should select the option with a loom that will then be yours to keep.
This course is suitable for those with no previous experience and those wishing to enhance and improve their practice.
Click on the booking links to see if there are still spaces, if their are none available email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to go on the waiting list.
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.
January – February 2020
- Fridays 24th January – 28th February
April – July 2020
- No course
September – November 2020
- Fridays 25th September – 30th October
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
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@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Availability | No spaces left? Email us at email@example.com to go on the waiting list.