Learn the process of flat woven tapestry, taking inspiration
from a favourite image. After warping up a small frame loom, you
will understand the basic principles of weaving using different
yarns, blending and combining colour to create shapes and
This course will examine the basic process of woven tapestry. The main technique will be flat woven tapestry with related techniques such as wrapping, knotting and tufting.
After setting up the warps we begin a detailed examination of the process of tapestry weaving as a way of understanding how the materials work together to create a woven surface. You can select a simple colour scheme for your tapestry, this will also enable you to familiarise yourself with the process of combining colour and technique to create the right look for further weaving projects.
Initially we will begin with traditional materials of a cotton warp with woollen weft, once you are familiar with the basic principles of weaving you will be able to use different yarns in the weft and are welcome to bring any yarns that you specially wish to use. Enjoy demonstrations of techniques at various stages of the course. You will work individually, with a group evaluation at the end of the course.
Topics covered include:
• Setting up a simple frame, how to put on the warp ready for weaving.
• Construction of the woven surface, warp/weft thicknesses.
• Basic techniques: creating shapes, lines, blending and shading.
• Consideration of technical aspects, warp setting, weft, cartoon production, use of specific materials and techniques.
By the end of the course you will also be able to begin to look at ways of developing your own personal language within the medium; the samples produced are intended to be used as a future reference for when working independently.
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.
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.
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)
Philip Sanderson studied both at Middlesex University and the Royal College of Art before joining the Professional Tapestry Studio at West Dean College in 1993, and his current role is as a Master Weaver Designer. Philip has designed tapestries for numerous clients, notably for the New Parliamentary Buildings in Westminster.