Constructed and woven textiles

Tapestry weaving – into the third dimension with Fiona Hutchison

Ref: SLW09144


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About this course

Challenge the traditional approach as you explore three-dimensional tapestry weaving. Explore a range of techniques which play with the structure of the tapestry, creating shapes and distorting warp and weft.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the creative potential of three-dimensional tapestry weaving. For intermediate or advanced weavers, you will experiment with a range of techniques to explore the structure of tapestry.

We will start by taking inspiration from some of the tapestry and fibre artists of the 60s and 70s who pushed the boundaries of tapestry weaving, constructing some challenging and innovative work. We will examine their materials and techniques as well as their sculptural approach.

The aim of the workshop is to encourage you to be experimental and challenge the traditional approach to weaving. You will learn how to think through and plan your tapestry experiments before going on to look at different ways of warping your loom. You will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques which play with the structure of tapestry weaving: creating slits and holes, pulling and distorting both warp and weft, adding extra warps, weaving shaped tapestry or creating a tapestry vessel. We will also consider how these structures will be finished and presented.

You will be encouraged to develop samples relating to your interests and personal line of enquiry which will be supported by tutor's samples, demonstrations, discussions and visual materials. By the end of the workshop you should expect to have completed 2 or 3 samples exploring a range of techniques, giving you confidence to go on to further experimentations in weave.


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


  • 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

  • Its not essential, but the tutor would encourage you to bring a sketch book/ideas book of images, drawings, object and materials that inspire you
  • Sketch book/note book and pen
  • Your weaving frame (frames can be borrowed from the college during the course if necessary)
  • Bobbins or a dining fork
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needles
  • Ruler/Measuring Tape
  • Felt pen, non-waterproof
  • Any warp and yarns you have and might like to experiment with
  • Visual inspiration - printed materials (not on ipad or phones) such as postcards, photos, things you like
  • 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 £13.
  • You can also 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.


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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