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Tapestry Weaving Experience Day

10:00 on 8 December 2018
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT

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Would you like to learn to weave in one of the world’s most famous tapestry studios? This Saturday workshop is a rare opportunity to spend time on the weaving floor of Dovecot Tapestry Studio.

Founded over 100 years ago, Dovecot has created some of the most high profile tapestries of the past decade in collaboration with outstanding international artists. Now you can become part of the wonderful Dovecot atmosphere during this one-day weaving experience. Aimed at absolute beginners, the workshop introduces the traditional materials of a cotton warp and wool weft as well as the basic skills involved in creating a woven tapestry, highlighting a range of weaving techniques. You will receive expert tuition from professional weaver Fiona Hutchison and at the end of the day you are invited to sit back and admire your hard work with a glass of Dovecot fizz.

Price: includes equipment* and glass of fizz

*The fee includes the tapestry yarn and use of equipment during the workshop. Should participants wish to acquire a tapestry frame, yarn and bobbins to continue their work at home these are available for sale on the day.

More detail for participants who book:
10-10.15am Arrival, attendees must sign in at front desk and can collect coffee from Dovecot Cafe
10.15-10.30am Introduction to Dovecot Tapestry Studio
10.30am-1.00pm Weaving techniques – materials; winding the bobbin; half hitches; how to start and finish the weft; open and closed sheds; how to control weft tension; how to keep straight edges
1.00-1.30pm Break and time to explore the Dovecot exhibition and displays
1.30-3.30pm Weaving techniques – changing colour; dealing with slits; how different materials can be used or combined to achieve a variety of surface qualities.
3.30-4pm Finishing off the tapestry
4-4.30pm Cutting off ceremony with a glass of fizz on Viewing Balcony