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Berwick-upon-Tweed

Woven Tapestry

Status: Active, open to new members
Group Leader:
Group email: Woven Tapestry group
When: Monthly on Monday mornings
Week 3
Venue: King James's Court

The purpose of this group is to build appreciation of woven tapestry by looking at examples from the Middle Ages to this year and using some of the techniques in our own work. No prior knowledge necessary.

A hand woven tapestry has always been a luxury. Monarchs in the 16th century competed to build the finest and biggest collections, and large scale tapestries continue to be commissioned for public buildings and corporations. 2021 saw 2 major exhibitions of modern woven tapestry in Edinburgh which has been a centre for the art for over 100 years. There have been exhibitions round the UK of postcard sized tapestries created on a cheap and simple frame.

Depending on the knowledge and interests of the group we do more or less actual weaving.

The group started in autumn 2021. Topics covered so far include

- What is a tapestry - and what is not tapestry but says it is?

- Work of contemporary weavers . We looked at a selection from the UK, Norway, Poland and Ukraine

- history of the medium

- Tapestry and politics

- Materials, traditional and new

- How to warp a small frame

- Creating an experimental tapestry

There is lots to look at and always new work to examine.

The group meets from 10am to 12 noon on the 3rd Monday of the month. Various venues have been used so far, & it's hoped a more permanent one will be settled on shortly. Please contact the group leader if you'd like to join.

Costs: there is a small charge for room hire if we are using a community venue.

In the group we are using simple 50 x 40 cm wooden frames. They are portable and can be made at home or bought in an art shop.

Materials - you can use knitting wools, and embroidery cotton or needlepoint tapestry wool if you have it. Charity shops often have good stocks. Specialist tapestry wool is more expensive to buy but goes a long way. The same is true of cotton warp. The group leader can supply some at cost price.