Winter School Masterclass – Introduction to Woven Tapestry (5 days)

Winter School Masterclass – Introduction to Woven Tapestry (5 days)

$765.00 inc. GST

2023 Winter School

Lecturer: Dr Kay Lawrence

Mon 10 Jul – Fri 14 Jul 9.30am – 4.00pm

Level – Beginners

This five-day workshop will introduce students to the language of woven tapestry. Through warping a simple frame loom and weaving two tapestry samplers, students will learn the fundamental techniques of woven tapestry, a foundation for experimentation and development of each person’s tapestry ‘voice’. The workshop will cover the following; warping the loom, weaving and the principle of ‘passes’, how to weave shapes (curves, diagonals, circles, horizonal and vertical stripes), joining slits and creating transitions of colour or tone through ‘hatching’ or colour mixing. Skill learning will be contextualized in relation to contemporary Australian tapestry.

Equipment and materials:
Students will be provided with five tapestry bobbins, warp sufficient for two tapestry samplers, and access to a range of cotton and woollen weft yarns. You will also need a weaving loom (90cm x 60cm frame) which can be ordered and purchased via this link: Tapestry Weaving Loom

Materials Required:
Please bring along the following:
• one medium/large metal G-clamp (for clamping weaving frame to table)
• scissors
• metric tape measure
• a compass (for scribing a circle)
• at least 2 pegs or clips (eg. laundry pegs or small to medium bull dog clips)
• a tapestry needle
• cotton thread in a light and dark colour (eg. white and a grey would work well)
• a cushion to sit on
• one roll of masking tape
• waterproof black felt pen
• notebook/journal/visual diary
• pencils, pens, erasers

Optional: feel free to bring any yarns from home if you want to use these for the course or if you want to experiment with different materials such as string, raffia, jute or fabric strips.


Kay Lawrence AM is one of Australia’s most distinguished textile practitioners. She has an international profile as a tapestry weaver and has completed major commissions for public spaces in Australia and overseas. Her work is held in many public collections and she has made a substantial contribution to the development of craft practice in Australia through her teaching, writing and art making. In 2002 a monograph on her work was published by Telos Press in the UK. Her writing, published in catalogues, scholarly journals, and edited books, focuses on the materiality and making practices that underpin contemporary craft. She is Emeritus Professor at the University of South Australia.

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