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Lots of free resources aimed at helping the development of skills and understanding in a number of textile-related activities. Please get in touch if you know of any resources that you think would enhance this open education area.

Tapestry Weaving

How to warp a tapestry frame.

This series of three videos, made by weaversbazaar, illustrates how to warp the Adjustable Tapestry Frame and add the headers before commencing weaving.

Part 1: Putting on the warps Part 2: adding the first headers Part3: adding the second headers

The American Tapestry Alliance's Unlimited Blog Tour was an initiative undertaken between December 2015 and January 2016, with 6 experienced tapestry artists sharing their knowledge and expertise via their blogs. This is an amazing learning resource and below are the links to all of it.

  • Getting started: the first entry was from Vancouver Yarn and includes detailed videos plus lots of information about terms and equipment.
  • In 'techniques to blend colour' Rebecca Mezoff integrates yarns of different colours to create the illusion of further colours. This blog also introduces how to manage multiple wefts. Rebecca is an amazing tapestry artist and runs online tapestry weaving courses as well!
  • Using slits to create vertical lines in tapestry weaving is the focus of Terry Olsen's posting for the Blog Tour. Terry is a very well established tapestry artist who has been weaving for about 25 years.
  • Weaving shapes are addressed by Claudia Chase from Mirrex Looms. She shows how, using the grid of warp and weft, shapes of different types can be woven - including the ever-challenging circle!
  • How to 'paint' with yarn: colour blending through multiple strands of weft. This well-illustrated description of a more advanced approach to colour blending is from the wonderfully informative blog by tapestry artist Elizabeth Buckley.
  • The Value of Tapestry is a contribution from amazing tapestry artist Sarah Swett. She is looking at the challenge question of tonal value in the choice of colours when weaving tapestry images. Her post is not only well informed but fantastically illustrated.

Other learning opportunities.

Four selvedge weaving: this is an advanced technique that results in a tapestry without any warp ends to 'tidy up' once the weaving is finished. The very well illustrated explanation is another great blog from tapestry artist, needlewoman and illustrator, Sarah Swett.

Dovecote Tapestry Tutorial with Jonathan Cleaver.  

Tapestry Weaving Technique Videos. The American Tapestry Alliance website provides links to a collection of online videos that demonstrate tapestry weaving equipment and techniques.


Rebecca Mezoff teaches James
Koehler's weft interlock technique
for tapestry weaving                   

Making a Tapestry Woven tapestry techniques


Wind a tapestry bobbin Finishing a Tapestry

Some Useful Websites


British Tapestry Group

American Tapestry Alliance

Some Places to see Historic Tapestries


Victoria & Albert Museum:  The Devonshire Hunting Tapestries and others including contemporary work - search the collection.

National Trust: many National Trust properties and stately homes contain tapestries on view.

Hampton Court Palace. 

William Morris - various places to see tapestries designed and woven by the William Morris Co including the V&A (above) and Kelmscott Manor

Coventry Cathedral -  Christ in Glory is reputed to be the largest tapestry woven in a single piece

Stirling Castle - the location of seven large, hand-woven tapestries, closely based on a set of Medieval tapestries which are held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, New York.


Angers.  Angers is the location of two important sites relating to the history of hand-woven tapestry.

Chateau d’Angers housesThe Apocalypse Tapestry - the longest surviving medieval tapestry in the world.

Museum of Jean Lurcat and Contemporary Tapestry - Jean Lurcat is often described as the 'father of contemporary tapestry'.

Aubusson - because of its centuries-long association with hand-woven tapestry, the whole town of Aubusson was, in 2009, inscribed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There are a number of sites worth visiting in Aubusson:

Cite de la Tapisserie -  "The Cité Internationale de la tapestry's mission is to preserve, enrich and showcase this great know-how."

Felletin, a town located near Aubusson, is also world famous for its tapestry workshops, one of which wove the Christ in Glory tapestry which hangs in Coventry Cathedral.  At Maison du Tapissier you can see the municipal tapestry weaver in action.

Various ateliers and manufactories in both Aubusson and Felletin, are willing to receive visitors, Details of these can be found here.


Cluny Museum -  This link takes you to a search result of the tapestries held by this museum.

Louvre Museum - this link takes you to a search result showing the tapestry held by this museum.

Manufacture des Gobelins. This world renowned workshop has been producing hand-woven tapestries since 1642. 

Courses and Commercial Studios

West Dean College – short and certificate courses as well as a commercial tapestry studio.

Morley College – courses

Atelier Weftfaced – courses and commercial studio

Dovecot Studios – commercial studio, tours, courses and events 

Australian Tapestry Workshop – commercial studio, tours, courses and events

Some Contemporary Tapestry Weavers

Rebecca Mezoff  - also has online courses

Archie Brennan 

Susan Martin Maffei

Sarah Swett 

Barbara Heller

Fiona Hutchison 

Joan Baxter

Leila Thomson


Exhibition lists can be found on the BTG and ATA websites – see above

Heallreaf Biennial 2019 

 Cloth Weaving


Winding a warp                    
How to warp your table loom. Part 1 How to warp your table loom. Part 2

Free resources can be found at the On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics.

The Weaving Draft and Document Archive has lots of resources.

Stacey Harvey-Brown's YouTube weaving channel

Textile School has a very wide range of resources and information on weaving

The Weaving Library provides details and drawdowns of a huge number of weave structures

Knitting & Crocheting

How to knit: the basics       How to knit: the purl stitch

General resources

Learning about Merino

Open Library: an easily searched digital lending library

Project Gutenberg: Free eBooks – for textiles and weaving look under art and crafts sections. Two examples Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving by Grace Christie   and Hand-loom weaving by Mattie Phipps Tood