Tapestry weaving – weaving water with Fiona Hutchison

Constructed and woven textiles

Ref: S3D12317

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About this course

Explore traditional and experimental tapestry techniques that can be used to represent water, from eccentric weaving, transparency and overlay techniques to creating shapes and distorting warp and weft.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to a range of traditional and experimental techniques in which to represent water in woven tapestry.

The aim is to encourage you to be experimental with the traditional approach to weaving. Working directly from visual inspiration you will learn how to think through and plan your tapestry experiments before going on to set up some samples on a small frame loom. With the tutor, you will look at different ways of warping your loom and consider how your choice of materials, for both warp and weft, can impact the character of the final work.

Your samples will explore a range of traditional tapestry techniques, from eccentric and floating weft to translucency and colour overly, before going on to experiment with the three-dimensional manipulation of warp and weft to express the movement and flow of water.

You will be expected to explore a personal line of enquiry into the subject of water and will be encouraged to develop a series of samples relating to your inspiration. This will be supported by the tutor’s samples, demonstrations, discussions and visual materials. By the end of the workshop, you should expect to have completed a small collection of samples exploring your water theme. These ideas and experiments will give you the confidence to go on to develop ideas for a finished tapestry.

How to present samples and experimental weaving also creates a challenge. You often have to plan how it will be finished and presented before you start weaving. At the end of the workshop we will take time to consider the appropriate way to finish and present you work for exhibition and display.

This course is for those who already have a grasp of the basic of woven tapestry techniques, including how to warp up a frame loom.


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 until 9pm, 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


  • The course fee includes the cost of a small selection of weft yarn/warp supplied by the tutor and college for students to experiment with during the course.

What students need to bring

  • It is essential you to bring an image folder/ ideas book/ sketchbook on the theme of water, as a starting point for your weaving experiments. This can be your own photos, paintings and drawing by artists or yourself, postcards, images from magazines, calanders or books. (Please bring prints rather than images on your phone or ipad)
  • Sketch book/note book and pen
  • Your weaving frame (frames can be borrowed from the college during the course if necessary)
  • Bobbins
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needles
  • Ruler/Measuring Tape
  • Felt pen, non-waterproof
  • Any warp and yarns you have and might like to experiment with
  • Camera

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Wooden tapestry frame**
  • Bobbins**
  • Additional warp yarn**
  • Two G-clamps**
  • Scissors
  • ** These can be borrowed during the course, but if you wish to take it home they cost around £14.
  • There may also be the opportunity to purchase additional warp and weft yarn from Weaversbazaar who will visit with their pop-up shop, this is usually on the first morning of the workshop.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Any yarn remaining may be purchased from the tutor.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Fiona Hutchison

Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Fiona divides her time between teaching, weaving commissions and working for exhibitions. Exhibiting regularly in UK and internationally, building up a special relationship with artists all over the world. Winning awards from the Scottish Arts Council, Sasakawa & Dawia Foundations and Theo Moorman Trust.


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

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