Blended self-paced/live

Online course with craft box – Tapestry weaving for beginners, self-paced with study day with Philip Sanderson

Ref: SCW10971


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About this course

This course is delivered through a combination of self-paced study and live learning online.

In the first part of the course you access the online 'Tapestry weaving – learn the basics' course which you can do in your own time. We recommend you will need 3-4 weeks to complete this section of the course, depending on the time you have available. This will be followed by a live study day, with the tutor Philip Sanderson, delivered on Zoom on Saturday 27 March.

Course Description

In the first part while following the self-paced online Tapestry weaving - learn the basics course, you will learn how to put a warp on a simple weaving frame, use weft yarn to start weaving, blend colours and create simple shapes in your tapestry. You will have access to approximately two hours video content, which will take a minimum of approximately four to five hours to complete, (you will have access to this part of the course for twelve weeks). You will also receive a craft box with a tapestry frame, bobbin, yarn and wool for the weft (contact us before booking if you live outside mainland UK), please book by 27 Febraury to ensure you have time to receive the craft box and complete your tapestry before the study day. 

The live study day with the tutor, Philip Sanderson, on Saturday 27 March provides an opportunity to share your weaving with the group and to discuss any issues or difficulties that you experienced during the making of your first woven tapestry sample.  We can then cover any technical or practical weaving issues with a series of online demonstrations.  The day will also include a discussion on ways to progress with your weaving including suggestions for other pieces of tapestry you may wish to make.  The study day on 27 March will run from 9am–5pm, with a lunch break from 12.45–14.00. All students join via Zoom between 9am–9.15am.

In the first part of the course, the self-paced study includes:
• Access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) with course content including PDFs of key information to save and keep
• Approximately two hours of instructional videos to work through and repeat at your own pace
• Practical tasks to complete
• Helpful materials suppliers list 
• Student online gallery where you can share work

Course content:
• Introduction to the College, your tutor Philip Sanderson and workshop overview

• Setting yourself up; Health and Safety, Materials and Tools, Posture and Position

• Workshops: 
Putting the warp on your frame
The basic process of weaving
Weaving two blocks of colour
Creating a diagonal
Weaving a circle

• Completion and Further Information
Completion; knotting, cutting off and finishing your tapestry, looking ahead to your next weaving
Further information and resources
Questions to review what you have learnt
Information on tapestries in the West Dean Collection

Course Materials


A tapestry weaving craft box of the essentials (listed below). This will be mailed to you (currently we are only able to deliver to addresses within the UK mainland.  If you live outside this area please email for more information). 

What you will need to prepare

Please read and familiarise yourself with the the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the study day starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.

To enable you to share your work effectively during the course, we recommend that you either

1. Use your smartphone, ipad/tablet or a digital camera to take images of your work during the course, to download these to your computer’s desktop, so that you can easily use the Share screen option in Zoom, to show your work when necessary. 
2. Alternatively, join the course via the Zoom link from a secondary device to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (e.g. a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet, though please ensure the sound is turned off on this device to avoid sound interference).

Materials and equipment required:

In your tapestry weaving craft box you will find:
A small tapestry frame
A bobbin
A spool of cotton warp yarn
Three spools of coloured wool yarn for the weft

In addition you will need:

A tape measure or steel rule
A pencil and a permanent marker pen
Masking tape and a pair of scissors
A circular lid/object, approximate diameter 5cm
Two woodworkers’ clamps (G-Clamps)
A large eyed needle and thread


What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places for most courses, depending on the subject. Some lecture courses may take more students.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What technologies are used to deliver the course?
The self-paced videos are accessed through CANVAS, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This is a system for delivering learning materials via the Internet. It offers you flexible access to all the course content, which is available to you for the duration of the course. The live study day is delivered over Zoom.

What computer set up do I need?
The self-paced course can be watched on all computers and devices – Mac, PC, Mobile and Tablet – with an Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below). You will need an email account and an up-to-date web browser.

For the live session on Zoom you will need a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below). For help joining a session see Zoom support here. It is also useful to have a secondary device to join via the Zoom link if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.
Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 58+, Firefox 54+, Edge 14+, Unfortunately, Internet Explorer 11 (or older) are not supported on CANVAS.
Mac users – Safari and Firefox are recommended.

We do not recommend using any Internet service provider's proprietary browser, as certain functions may be restricted. We regularly upgrade CANVAS to add features and improve the quality of your experience. Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.
Phones and tablets – CANVAS is a responsive platform, allowing for access on most smartphones and tablets. To join the live session on Zoom download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here. We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance to ensure you do not have problems on the day.
If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact 

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. If your course includes multiple units, by booking you are committing to attend all unit dates listed in the course description, no alternative dates or refund can be offered for any that you are unable to attend. For any other queries about online courses please contact

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (this will be stated clearly in the course materials list above). Please only book this course online if you live on the UK mainland.  The costs included in the course fee do not cover areas outside of the UK mainland.  See note below.

Can I do this course if I live overseas?
If you live overseas (including Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle of Man), please email the Bookings Office with your address and contact details, do not book the course online.  Our team will then ascertain whether we are able to post the materials to you and, if so, the additional cost.  We will then let you know and you can decide whether or not to go ahead with the booking.  Please note that delivery of the materials box to an overseas address may also take longer.

What is included in the materials pack?
Included materials are listed in the ‘Course materials’ section above.

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Boxes are larger than letterbox size and the courier may contact you via email with delivery information. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses - please see note above if you live overseas.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date. If the original delivery is failed or refused and returned to the College, you will be responsible for paying any additional charges for re-delivery. 


Philip Sanderson

Tapestry Subject Tutor and Studio Leader

Philip Sanderson is Leader of the Professional Tapestry Studio and a Subject Tutor on the MFA in Fine Art. He is also the Tutor for the Tapestry Foundation Diploma and a short course tutor. During his time at West Dean Philip has translated the work of a number of artists into large-scale tapestries including Marta Rogoyska, John Hubbard, Tracy Emin, and Eva Rothschild. 

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