Masterclass with Kay Lawrence: Woven Tapestry

Masterclass with Kay Lawrence: Woven Tapestry

$765.00 inc. GST

Lecturer: Emeritus Professor Kay Lawrence
Mon 15 Jul – Fri 19 Jul
9.30am – 4.00pm
Level – Beginners to Intermediate


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, horizontal 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.

Students who have previously completed the beginner’s course with Kay can undertake a self-directed project to further their tapestry weaving skills. Students wishing to do this will need to discuss their project with Kay a week before the class begins to develop their ideas and gather materials. The meeting with Kay will be held at Adelaide Central School of Art in the Admin meeting room on Monday, July 8, from 4pm to 5pm. To participate, please contact the Public Programs Coordinator, Suzanne Close at 


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.


Please read the Terms and Conditions before completing your enrolment.


Categories:Winter SchoolShort Courses
Experience Level:BeginnerIntermediate

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