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Understanding Tapestry (Two Day Workshop)

Icon Textiles Group

From: Saturday 13.04.19
at 10:00am
To: Sunday 14.04.19
at 4:00pm

Atelier WEFTFACED, Unit 5 The Mill Studio

New House Farm Barns

Ford Lane


BN18 0EF


£210 Icon Member

£190 Student Icon Member

(places limited)

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This workshop is designed specifically for textile conservators wishing to understand more about the craft of tapestry weaving and to gain a deeper insight into both contemporary and historical weaving techniques.

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The class begins with the basics - warping a frame, learning plain weave and shaping skills. More involved techniques include making a slit and sewing it up, dovetailing, single and double interlock.

On the second day the class will learn about the differences between hatching verses hachures. This will begin with a short presentation. The class will use hatching as it is used in contemporary practice, also exploring blending. Hachures will be used as they have been traditionally from the back of the tapestry, starting in a block format and then progressing into using them for shading. At the end of the workshop time will be given to a discussion regarding the differences between the techniques and the pros and cons. Each student will have a completed tapestry sample by the end of the workshop. If time allows more investigation into any of the outlined techniques can be explored or creating a shape such as a circle.

There will be a tour of the studio to see tapestries being woven on the loom.

Lunch and Tea will be provided on both days.

There will be the opportunity for people staying in the area overnight to continue the conversation about tapestry techniques over dinner.

If you have any dietary requirements, please get in touch with the event organiser.