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Tapestry Weaving

Our tapestry weaving holidays are suitable for beginners and developing weavers. Learn the basic techniques of woven tapestry, before going on to experiment with colour and textures in tapestry weave.

Over the course of four days, you will learn how to set up a small frame loom, consider the variety of materials and warp settings required for different designs, control the weaving tension, create shapes, angles, lines and texture in weave. As we begin to explore the process of woven tapestry you will learn how to mix and blend coloured yarns.

As part of the workshop you will be encouraged to develop your own ideas and designs for weaving. Learning how to keep a visual diary or sketchbook, we will consider a range of approaches to help you develop your own personal creative language.
The course will cover

  • Warping a up a simple frame loom.
  • Selecting the correct warp/weft thicknesses.
  • Basic tapestry techniques: creating shapes, angles, lines.
  • Using multiple yarn bundles to blend and mix colours.
  • Developing design ideas and keep a sketchbook
  • Finishing and presenting your tapestry

Students will work individually, at their own pace and will be supported with class demonstrations and group discussions. By the end of the workshop you will have the confidence to work independently to develop your personal weaving style.

To see pictures of the course please visit our gallery

Dates 2023

All of our holidays run for 5-nights from Sunday to Friday and start from £979 per person.
The above is based on single occupancy. A £100 per person discount is applied for art, craft and activity guests on a shared occupancy basis.

March 5th to 10th 2023
October 15th to 20th 2023
November 26th to December 1st 2023

If you’re coming on one of our holidays and would like to bring a friend, partner, or member of your family, then we have you (and them!) covered. Accompanying guests will enjoy full board catering and shared accommodation with you. We also have a full programme of day trips and activities on offer for them. Please add them and day trips at the checkout stage.

How to book
To book online, please click on your preferred date above.
For any questions or to book direct please call 01877 382 991 or email mail@gartmorehouse.com
If you have any questions, you may like to take a look at our FAQs but if you have any further queries, please contact our team directly.

Payment, Terms & Conditions
A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking. Full payment is due 3 months prior to arrival. For art, craft & activity holidays booked within 3 months of course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking. Art, craft & activity holidays are subject to availability and subject to change.

Each holiday will be loosely themed as follows:

Setting up and preparing the loom.

  • Introduction to tapestry looms and materials.
  • Setting up the loom. Warp settings, yarn selection and winding and handling bobbins
  • Starting and finishing yarn ends
  • Working with bobbins/yarn bundles
  • Controlling the tension of your weave and keeping straight edges

Developing your weaving technique.

  • Creating blocks of colour
  • Sewing up and dealing with slits
  • Creating an angle/shape
  • Working with multiple bobbins/meet and separate/hatching techniques
  • Exploring lines in weave

Working with colour and developing design ideas.

  • Mixing and blending coloured yarns
  • Weaving techniques for yarn blending
  • Keeping a sketch book and building an image bank
  • Developing design ideas for tapestry

Creating your own tapestry project

  • Planning your first tapestry project
  • Drawing up your design
  • Setting up the loom
  • Finishing a tapestry
  • Pleating and sewing back end
  • Blocking and backing a tapestry
  • Framing and presentation

Check in is from 4pm where you will receive a warm welcome from our team.
Once you are unpacked and settled, we invite you to enjoy some tea or coffee and home baking in the lounge where you can relax after your journey.
If you have never been on a holiday like this before, we understand how anxious you may be. That’s why, come 6pm, everyone will gather in the lounge for the Welcome Talk and Meet & Greet, giving you the chance to meet both your fellow guests and your tutor before the start of the course on Monday. Your tutor will talk you through what to expect from the week, discuss what you would like to achieve during your stay, and answer any questions you may have. 
From there, dinner is served at 6:30pm in the downstairs dining room.

Monday to Thursday
Throughout the week, tuition runs from 10am to 4pm with regular breaks for tea and coffee so you can relax and have a natter with your fellow guests about everything you’ve been up to so far.
All your meals are served in the dining room.
Evening tea and coffee is available in the lounge at 9pm.

Check out by 10am

What’s Included

  • 4 days of specialist tuition from Fiona Hutchison
  • All materials required for the course
  • Full board catering
  • 5-nights accommodation
  • Complimentary transfers from Stirling train station are available on the arrival and departure days (pick-up from the station at 15:30, departs Gartmore House at 10:00). Transfers from Glasgow or Edinburgh Airports are available at an additional cost.

A tapestry weavers kit will be provided for all tapestry weaving participants. Included in the kit is:

  • Pre warped tapestry frame 
  • Selection of materials which will include, wool, cotton and linen weft yarns.
  • Tapestry bobbin
  • Basic instruction as an aid memoir to the course
  • Portfolio bag for your loom

A selection of weaving materials will be provided, in your tapestry kit, but if you have interesting yarns you would like to experiment with please bring them along. 

We kindly ask all participants to bring the following items: 

  • Small scissors 
  • Tapestry Needles
  • Ruler/Measuring Tape
  • Felt pen, non-waterproof
  • Dinner fork (old fashioned heavy dinner fork – optional)
  • Camera
  • Sketch book – A4 approx
  • Small selection of art/drawing materials you like to use (pencils, pen, watercolour, glue stick etc)
  • Folder of visual inspiration – such as postcards, photos, things you like so that I can see what inspires you. These images should be printed/photocopies and not electronic images, e.g. on a mobile, tablet or laptop. 


Tutor Fiona Hutchison

Fiona Hutchison graduated from the tapestry department, Edinburgh College of Art in 1985. She exhibits regularly in the UK, Europe and internationally. As well as teaching many independent workshops and mentoring emerging artists she also teaches tapestry weaving at the Dovecot Studio and Short Courses at Edinburgh University.


You can find out more about Fiona and her work via her website.



  • ”Fiona is a very inspiring teacher. She is always happy to pass on her knowledge and skills and very generous with her time.” – David Ingrey

  • ”Fiona was both inspirational and supportive in her teaching, as well as maintaining a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in class. It was easy to ask questions and get help.” – Irene Campbell

  • ”I can wholeheartedly recommend Fiona’s teaching whether you are a total beginner or a more experienced weaver. Fiona encourages you to find your own voice and way of weaving. She openly shares years of knowledge and enthusiasm for Tapestry and classes are always fun and inspiring.”- Shona Walker.

Please note: The above reviews come from past workshops and courses run by the tutor out with Gartmore House.

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