• Image of Tapestry Weaving : One-to-One
  • Image of Tapestry Weaving : One-to-One
  • Image of Tapestry Weaving : One-to-One

I am now offering one-to-one tapestry weaving classes in my studio in south London. These classes include a bespoke lesson plan, hands-on teaching, experimenting with large-scale tapestry looms and plenty of weaving equipment to take home. Whether you're a total beginner or an experienced weaver, this class will be tailored to you, at a date that works best for you.

Level One : this is a 3-hour class in my south London studio.
In the class we'll be covering the techniques and processes you want to learn, and working on my 1976 Harris floor loom(see photos!) using wool from my own stock. You’ll go home with your own large tapestry frame, weaving tools and wool pack, with detailed notes covering everything in the session, as well as a copy of my new “Tapestry Weaving” booklet. You’ll also be able to ask me any follow-up questions via email.

Level Two : this is a 6-hour course, broken up into two 3-hour classes or three 2-hour classes. For this class you'll be able to try weaving on both my Harris floor loom and my upright tapestry loom. We'll have more time to focus on how you want to develop as a weaver. You'll go home with a full weaving equipment kit, and we'll be able to discuss your progress at home via email and in class.

Level Three : This is a 10 hour course, broken up into four 2 and a half hour sessions. For this class we'll be working on the Harris floor loom and going through the entire process of weaving from start to finish, from warping to cutting off. You'll be working on a large-scale piece, whether a rug or a wall-hanging, and we'll be using a wide variety of weaving techniques and fibres. You'll go home with your completed weaving and a full weaving equipment kit.

Whichever level you choose, I will be putting together a tailored lesson plan for you, with accompanying notes. Once you've booked, we will discuss via email what you are looking to learn.

Possible subjects that we can cover:
- Pictorial designs- how to translate a design on paper onto the loom.
- Texture- using soumak, rya knotting and unusual fibres to create textures and tactile surfaces.
- Colour blending- mixing similar and contrasting shades, using hatching and interlocking to mix colours on the loom.
- Woven patterns- how cloth weaving techniques can be integrated into tapestry.
- Weaving wall-hangings or abstract textile art.
- Weaving functional textiles such as rugs, cushion covers, place mats and so on.

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact me at christybalfour@hotmail.com