Constructed and woven textiles

Woven tapestry techniques – the fundamentals with Pat Taylor

Ref: S3D10001


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About this course

Learn the fundamentals of tapestry weaving through the production of three samples. Consideration will be given to the harmony of colour as well as weaving techniques.

Course Description

This course lays down the fundamentals of tapestry weaving through the production of three samples. It is suitable for both those who have no experience and beginners who wish to revisit and expand their skills.

The focus is on establishing the fundamentals of tapestry weaving, through repetition, which includes warping a frame, setting a warp, starting and finishing wefts, creating a professional weft face and dealing with the problem of sheds. On the first evening you will warp up a simple frame with a cotton warp, using Pat's easy warping tapes, twining and placing guiders.

Consolidating the warping technique, the next morning you will make another two narrow warps varying both the sett and the type of fibre. On each of the three warps, you will weave, using a variety of coloured weft, a blended square, a crisp triangle and a dappled quarter circle.

Time permitting, you may set another warp and weave a simple design, using the techniques you have learned and selecting a harmonic colour palette. Throughout the three days, you will be supported and encouraged through individual tuition and group demonstrations. Pat will supply all materials, which will include, cotton, mohair and horse-hair warps, and a wide variety of specially hand dyed yarns.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • All yarn for sampling, which will include, cotton, mohair and horse-hair warps, and a wide variety of specially hand dyed yarns.
  • Small frame looms may be borrowed during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Any yarns/materials you would like to experiment with.
  • A notebook and pencil.
  • A good pair of scissors.
  • Any other weaving tools you have and wish to bring (bobbins etc).

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Weaving frames are available for use, these may be purchased in the College Craft Shop at the end of the course if you wish to take it home and cost approximately £14
  • Warp yarn
  • There may also be an opportunity to purchase yarn from a specialist tapestry yarn supplier who will visit during the course.


Pat Taylor

Pat Taylor worked at West Dean for over 30 years, as Director of the Tapestry Studio and as Programme Leader of the MA Visual Arts Programmes. Pat's involvement with West Dean's Professional Tapestry Studio included commissioned projects, such as for Portcullis House in Westminster, as well as collaborations with prominent artists, Henry Moore, John Piper, Howard Hodgkin and John Aitken.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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