Classes & Workshops

At the Australian Tapestry Workshop we hold regular tapestry weaving classes, children's weaving classes in the school holidays, and various other classes. To receive information about upcoming classes please subscribe to our enews.



Led by master-weavers at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Introduction to Tapestry Weaving is an intensive 2 day class where participants will learn the basic skills to produce simple tapestries on a small scale using the weft faced French Gobelin technique.

You will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture using high quality ATW dyed yarn in our light filled studio in South Melbourne. Participants will be able to watch our master weavers working on large-scale tapestry commissions and get exclusive access to view the studio floor and dye room.

$370 per person. All materials included, no experience necessary.

Materials included: Bespoke wooden tapestry frame (70 x 40cm), loom clamp, handmade wooden and brass bobbin, cotton warp, needles, 10 cones of ATW in house dyed yarn (in colours of your choosing) and our Learn to Weave booklet.

Bring a friend to receive $30 off each booking. Select 'Bring a Friend Ticket $680' when booking.



Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
Thursday 18 & Friday 19 June 10am to 4pm
Tutor: Tim Gresham

Due to COVID-19, please be advised we will be making a decision if this class will run 6 weeks from the start of the class. If cancelled we will give a full refund or reschedule your booking to another time later in the year. 

(Dates for Semester 2 will be announced in June 2020)




Our three day advanced classes are designed for participants who have completed our Introduction to Tapestry Weaving or similar or advanced weavers who wish to improve their skills or learn a new technique. 

Each advanced class is themed by a master weaver to address a specific set of techniques, approaches to designing for tapestry, investigations into colour or interpretation. These classes provide time exploring these specialist areas as well as time to work on your own tapestry practice while supported by a master weaver. 

Materials included: Bespoke wooden tapestry frame (70 x 40cm), loom clamp, handmade wooden and brass bobbin and 10 cones of ATW in house dyes yarn (in colours of your choosing).

$450 per person.

Bring a friend to receive $30 off each booking. Select 'Bring a Friend Ticket $840' when booking.

If you want to bring your own loom, clamp and bobbin please select the ‘BYO LOOM’ ticket for $380, or ‘BYO LOOM & Bring a Friend Ticket’ for $700. You will still recieve 10 cones of ATW in house dyes yarn (in colours of your choosing).


Monday 22, Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 June 10am to 4pm
Tutor: Joy Smith

Due to COVID-19, please be advised we will be making a decision if this class will run 6 weeks from the start of the class. If cancelled we will give a full refund or reschedule your booking to another time later in the year. 

This class will look at ways of interpreting a simple still life composition into woven tapestry, with emphasis on analysing reflections, shading and shadows. In this class participants will use a real a still life composition to take inspiration for their tapestry designs. Participants should complete the class with a small tapestry in progress and a better understanding of how to analyse/interpret their designs to make a tapestry. 


Day 1:
Morning: Take photographs of still life objects set up for the class, uses these to make a drawing of your design and then make your cartoon.
Afternoon: Analyse your drawing, look at range of ATW sample strips, discuss design decisions with class then start colour strip.

Day 2:
Morning: Ink on and start weaving your design.
Afternoon: Analyse your weaving progress and design decisions with class.

Day 3:
Morning: Continue weaving you still life design.
Afternoon: Final critique and discussion of progress with class and tutor.

Participants will need:

  • A small loom, warped to 24cm wide with #9 or #12 warp
  • Weaving kit, i.e. clamp, bobbins, scissors, etc.
  • Sketchbook
  • Drawing materials
  • Coloured pencils/gouache
  • Tracing paper
  • Digital camera/I-phone

To take this class participants should compete our Introduction to Tapestry Weaving class or similar. Please email us at if you have any questions.


Cresside Collette has been a tapestry weaver for more than forty years. A foundation weaver with the Australian Tapestry Workshop (where she worked for fifteen years) she has maintained her own weaving practice and exhibited consistently since 1971. She taught tapestry weaving and drawing at RMIT University for 11 years and in 2011, designed her annual tour, Mastering the Fine Art of Tapestry, to view the best of the art form in France and the U.K. Cresside’s tapestries have been exhibited at Fernando Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Ararat Regional Gallery, Manningham Art Gallery and the Australian National University.

Joy Smith is an Australian Tapestry Artist who lives and works out of Melbourne. Joy has been an active artist and weaver since the 1980's, producing over 400 personal tapestries or commissions. After graduating from the Warrnambool College of TAFE in 1982 Joy worked at the Australian Tapestry Workshop from 1983–1998, then at the West Dean Tapestry Studio in the UK from 2003-2004. As well as having her own studio practice since 1983, exhibiting in solo & group shows in Australia & overseas, she has assisted on community tapestries & taught tapestry at the ATW, education intuitions, textile forums and in hospitals. Her tapestries are in public & private collection in Australia, Britain, Germany, France, Malaysia, New Zealand, & United States of America.

Tim Gresham is a calm and unassuming artist, dedicated to his practice as a tapestry designer – weaver and photographer. He is a Queenslander by birth, and completed a Diploma of Creative Arts (Visual) at the University of Queensland, but now lives and works in Melbourne where he has had six solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows. His work has been acquired by public and private collections throughout Australia and he has completed several commissions. He trained as a tapestry weaver at the Australian Tapestry Workshop where he learned precise methods and worked closely with artists interpreting their works. Tim’s work has been shown in the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, Edmund Pearce Gallery in Melbourne, in the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile award and at Ararat Regional Art Gallery. 

Chris Cochius studied Environmental Design, followed by Interior Design in Adelaide. In 1982 she worked with artist Kay Lawrence on a tapestry for the Australian High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh before commencing work at the ATW in 1983. From 1986-87 she was employed by the West Dean Tapestry Studio in the UK to weave a tapestry designed by British artist Henry Moore. Chris has led many projects at the ATW including Catching Breath (2014) designed by Brook Andrew, currently on display in the Singapore High Commission; Avenue of Remembrance (2015) designed by Imants Tillers; and Treasure Hunt (2017) designed by Guan Wei. 

Chris was also part of the team weaving on Gordian Knot (2016) designed by Keith Tyson—a circular tapestry, with many textural elements, now hanging in the State Library of Victoria; Perspectives on a Flat Surface (2016) designed by John Wardle Architects and winner of the Tapestry Design Prize for Architects in 2016; Listen, to the Sound of Plants (2017) designed by Janet Laurence; and Morning Star (2017) designed by Lyndell Brown and Charles Green for the Sir John Monash Centre in Villers-Bretteneux, France.


(1) All bookings are Non-Refundable

(2) All Bookings are Transferable to a second party in the event that the customer is unable to attend the workshop; such transfers must be requested 7 hours prior to the Workshop for desired transfers to be eligible.

(3) If you cannot attend the workshop, you may transfer to another class within 12 (twelve) months, but 2 (two) weeks notice must be given for this transfer, and only one transfer may occur.

(4) In the rare event that the ATW is required to cancel a workshop the customer will receive either a full refund or the opportunity to transfer said booking to another workshop of even value within 12 (twelve) months of said cancellation.

(5) Cancellations may be advised by ATW at any time prior to the workshop.

(6) ATW reserves the right to use any images taken at the workshops for Social Media & Advertising, if you wish for images not to be shared please let us know at your workshop. 

(7) In the Event that you do not agree with the above Terms & Conditions you may request a full refund within 48 hours of even date of receipt of this booking confirmation.

Past classes

Batik Tulis Workshop with Dias Prabu

In partnership with Project Eleven, the ATW is delighted to host Indonesian artist Dias Prabu as a 2020 Artist in Residence.
In this batik tulis (hand-drawn batik) workshop, Dias Prabu will teach participants to make their own printed fabric using the hand drawn hot wax method and resist dyeing. Dias will demonstrate his process of wax drawing on his own large scale batik tulis and will teach participants how to make their own designs on a smaller scale.

Saturday 14 March 2020

$25 per person.
All materials supplied to make two designs, no experience needed.


Australian Tapestry Workshop
262-266 Park St
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205 Australia

Dias Prabu is a painter and creator of batik tulis living and working in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Dias completed a Bachelor of Art at the National University of Surabaya and his Masters at the Indonesia Art Institute in Yogyakarta. Dias uses the traditional batik tulis using hot wax using canting to create large-scale hand dyed textile works. The designs are informed by Indonesian folklore and legends represented by drawings of hybrid figures, mythological beings and contemporary refiguring of traditional Indonesian motifs and symbols.

This workshop is supported by the City of Port Phillip and Project Eleven.


Wednesday 22, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 January 2020 10am to 4pm
Tutor: Tim Gresham

In this advanced weaving class Tim Gresham will teach techniques for mixing and matching colours using the palette from the current ATW commission ‘Plant Song’ by Janet Laurence and will look at ways of utilising the techniques of tapestry weaving to create a variety of colour effects.


Day 1:
Morning: Study the colour palette used with the ‘Plant Song’ tapestry and watch ATW weavers working with this palette. Use this palette for coloured mark making with an emphasis on layering the colour, then matching/mixing those colours in weaving.

Afternoon: Explore the techniques of hatching and half passing to mix those same colours. Discuss the unique light absorbing/reflecting qualities of the yarn when woven and the importance of tonal effects.

Day 2:
Finish technical colour sample.

Create a botanical design inspired by the work of Janet Laurence to utilise these techniques with the ‘Plant Song’ palette. Set up the loom and start weaving.

Day 3:
Morning: Continue working on your botanical design. Talk by Tim Gresham about using these techniques in his work. Walk-through of the ATW exhibition ‘Botanica’ to study tapestries inspired by botanical elements.

Complete your botanical design.

Participants should complete the class with a finished colour/technical sample and a small tapestry in progress on the loom. Participants will need a small loom, preferably warped around 12cm wide with a number 9 or 12 warp. Coloured drawing materials, such as pastels or pencils.

To take this class participants should compete our Introduction to Tapestry Weaving class or similar. Please email us at if you have any questions.



Learn to Weave Workshops:

Thursday 7 & Friday 8 February 2019

Monday 25 & Tuesday 26 March 2019

Thursday 30 & Friday 31 May 2019 

Intermediate Workshops:

Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April 2019 
Designing for Tapestry with Collage - Cresside Collette

3-day Intermediate Weaving with Tim Gresham - Colour Blending and Design
Wednesday 14, Thursday 15 & Friday 16 August 2019 10am to 4pm


Saturday 30 November 1-3pm

In this two-hour jewellery workshop, Lisa Waup will teach participants how to make their own unique ring or brooch using remnant fabric from her 2017 collaboration with Melbourne fashion designer Ingrid Verner and yarn from the Australian Tapestry Workshop.
Participants will work with circular shapes and patterns; for Lisa these represent family and connect her to Country, history and story. The embroidery symbolises the reattaching of these fragments.
Lisa Waup is a Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist based in Melbourne. Waup  uses traditional art forms and methods within  a contemporary practice to create distinctively original weavings and works on paper. Using feathers and found objects, she creates tactile vessels that represent and dissect her ancestral Indigenous history and symbolise her connection to nature and the land.



Australian Tapestry Workshop
262-266 Park St
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205 Australia

For further enquiries:
+61 3 9699 7885

$25 per person. All materials supplied, no experience needed.

This workshop is supported by the City of Port Phillip as part of 'Place Makers'.  



Learn to Weave Workshops:

Thursday 8 & Friday 9 February 2018 

Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 March 2018

Thursday 14 & Friday 15 June 2018

Monday 6 & Tuesday 7 August 2018

Thursday 13 & Friday 14 September 2018

Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 October 2018

Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 November 2018

Thursday 29 & Friday 30 November 2018


Intermediate Workshops:

Monday 7 & Tuesday 8 May 2018

Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 & Friday 12 October 2018 


Learn to Weave Workshops:

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 January 2017

Thursday 11 & Friday 12 May 2017

Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 June 2017

Thursday 13 & Friday 14 July 2017

Thursday 7 & Friday 8 September 2017

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 October 2017 


Intermediate Workshops:

Tuesady 13 & Wednesday 14 June 2017 

Thursday 5 & Friday 6 October 2017 



Tapestry Masterclass with Marie Cook: 
Develop and Strengthen your Woven Voice

Monday 7 &  Tuesday 8 August 2017 

Join master weaver Marie Cook to explore collage, painting, drawing and photocopy to further develop your innate design style. Discuss, warp, weave and interpret ideas selected from your explorations. 

This class is suitable for comptent weavers who have completed our Intermediate class or similar level and can warp up and weave with no instruction.  


Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham

Date: Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 November 2016 10am to 4pm.

Colouring Tapestry Workshop with Joy Smith

Wednesday 27 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Thursday 28 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Friday 29 January 2016 10am to 4pm 

Learn to Weave with Tim Gresham

Wednesday 13 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Thursday 14 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Friday 15 January 2016 10am to 4pm

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith

Saturday June 4, 10am to 4pm

Stamp Carving and Printing on Fabric Workshop with Ema Shin

A day of Stamp Carving and Fabric Printing run by textile artist extile artist Ema Shin.

Saturday June 4, 10am to 4pm.  

Learn more about Ema Shin here. 

Yarn Painting Workshop with Rafael Cilau Valadez 

Day-workshop run by Indigenous Mexican artist Rafael Cilau Valadez in an effort to unpick the subtleties and techniques of yarn-painting. Participants were able to try the traditional technique where yarn is pressed into wax plates to create designs.

Date: Friday June 10, 2016, 1pm - 4pm

Kids School Holiday Weaving 

Friday 8 July, 2 - 4pm

2 hour hand weaving class for children. 

Suitable for age 5 and up. 

‘Miniature Moments – seeing and interpreting detail in tapestry’ - Tapestry Masterclass with Cresside Collette - part of the Craft Cubed Festival

Cresside Collette undertook a design masterclass allowing participants to create miniature moments in tapestry derived from drawing and collage.

Cresside Collette has long held the belief that as an individual tapestry artist one can express just as much observation, energy, interest and concentrated power in a small scale work as in the mural form that is synonymous with the development of the art of tapestry over the centuries.

Learn to Weave - with Tim Gresham  

Date: Monday 22 & Tuesday 23 August 2016 10am to 4pm. 

Colouring Tapestry Workshop with Joy Smith

Explore different techniques in colour mixing for woven tapestry such as half passing and hatching. Learn how to create subtle gradations by mixing threads, and translate painted or printed colour into weaving.

Date: 19 & 20 September, 10am to 4pm on both days. 



Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Joy Smith

Friday 13 November 10am-4pm 
Friday 20 November 10am-4pm
Friday 27 November 10am-4pm  

REIKO SUDO Workshops

Saturday 10 October 2015

Make a patchwork scarf with Nuno textiles.

Itajime shibori is a shaped-resist dyeing technique using pleating, folding, clamping to create shapes.
The shapes prevent the dye from penetrating the fabric they cover.

Kids School Holiday Weaving 

Hand weaving workshop for children.

Friday 25th September

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Tim Gresham

Friday 28 August 10am-4pm 
Friday 4 September 10am-4pm
Friday 11 September 10am-4pm 

'Drawing on my Place' Tapestry Masterclass with Valerie Kirk 

This workshop will involve explorations using art materials to look at ways of imaging place. It will also provide exercises to develop your thinking about what place means to people individually, as physical space and the inner space. Each participant will produce drawings, a finished design for an individual tapestry and sample weaving.

Dates: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 August 2015, 9am to 5pm 

Valerie Kirk studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art and was captivated by the creative process/infinite possibilities of the tapestry medium. In 1979 she came to Australia to become a weaver at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop, and then worked in all states of Australia before moving to Canberra in 1991 to be the Head of Textiles at the Australian National University, School of Art. Her work from this time focussed on what it meant to be a Scottish/Australian in this context.

 She is considered to be an important international figure in the world of contemporary tapestry. As an artist, writer, teacher and public figure she has made a significant contribution, forging valuable and tangible links with the Scottish tradition and global field. While actively maintaining her practice as an artist, Valerie’s remarkable capacity for achievement has seen her inspire and lead community tapestry projects, research and write a major thesis on tapestry, direct significant textile projects and create major works. She has held several solo exhibitions and presented her work in USA, Europe, Australia, NZ and SE Asia.

Between 2004-2005 she was commissioned to design and weave three major tapestries to celebrate Nobel Prizes in Science associated with the Australian National University. A further tapestry was commissioned and woven in 2006 featuring the work on small pox and myxomatosis of Professor Frank Fenner. The tapestries are installed and on public display at University House, ANU.  

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving with Tim Gresham

Monday 6 - Friday 10 July 2015 10am - 4pm*

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving 
Friday 22 May 10am-4pm 

Friday 29 May 10am-4pm 

Friday 5 June 10am-4pm 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Tim Gresham

Monday 20 - Friday 24 April 2015, 10am-4pm

Kids Weaving Workshop April 

Hand weaving workshop for children.

Thursday 9 April 2015, two sessions- 11am to 12:30pm OR 2pm to 3:30pm. $25 per child, suitable for age 5 and up.

Craft Summer Workshop Series 

26 February - 12 March, 2015

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
with Joy Smith for the Australian Tapestry Workshop

3 Thursdays in February and March, 3 hours per session, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Thursday 26 February
Thursday 5 March
Thursday 12 March

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Cresside Collette

Monday 19 - Friday 23 January 2015, 10am-4pm (includes 1 hr lunch break), plus two after class lectures.


Intermediate Tapestry Weaving with Cresside Collette

Monday 1 - Friday 5 December 2014 10am - 4pm*

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with Joy Smith

Monday 24 - Friday 28 November 2014, 10am-4pm 


Hand Weaving workshop for children. 

Thursday 2nd October 
10am to 12 noon
1pm to 3pm

Suitable for age 5 and up.


onday 22 - Friday 26 September 2014, 10am-4pm 


An introduction into bookbinding and artist book creation by artist Kyoko Imazu. 

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014, 10am-4pm  



Monday 25 August to Friday 29 August 2014, 10am-4pm, (1 hour lunch break), including an optional evening lecture by Sara Lindsay, curator and artist weaver. 


Monday 26 - Friday 30  May 2014 10am - 4pm* 


Monday 28 April - Friday 2nd May 2014, 10am-4pm  


Artist Ema Shin hosted a workshop introducing participants to Japanese woodblock printing. 

In this three-day workshop, Ema presented examples historical and contemporary woodblock printing. She also demonstrated basic techniques using traditional materials and water-based pigments. Participants created their own multi-colour woodblock print.  

Ema Shin has a master’s degree majoring in traditional and contemporary print from Aichi Art University in Japan. She has taught at numerous international art residencies and community projects and exhibits her work internationally. For more information about Ema please see her website


Monday 3 February - Friday 7 February 2014, 10am-4pm* 


Woven tapestry and cloth: Masterclass with Kay Lawrence

A woven tapestry is as much a cloth as it is an image, with all the complexity that this fusion of categories entails. Consider how the visuality of an image is transformed when it is created through the intimacy, tactility and repetitive movements of the weaving process. The complexity of this relationship can be particularly generative when developing ideas for woven tapestry. 

Join Kay Lawrence for an intensive and stimulating week of experimentation and discussion that will engage participants in developing ideas for woven tapestry through exploring the materiality and associations of cloth. 

Professor Kay Lawrence AM was introduced to tapestry weaving by Belinda Ramson in 1975 before attending a workshop with Archie Brennan in 1977 and studying with Maureen Hodge in Scotland in 1977/78. By then addicted to the medium, she developed an internationally recognised practice as a tapestry weaver over the next thirty years.   As well as creating a substantial body of her own work, she initiated the community tapestry movement in South Australia and completed a number of significant tapestry commissions for public spaces.


Monday 26 to Friday 30 August 2013, 10am – 4pm 

Beginners tapestry class with Cheryl Thornton




Tapestry weaving masterclass with Cheryl Thornton

1st November 2012

Join master weaver Cheryl Thornton in the stimulating environment of the Workshop for an intensive week of skills development and investigating the potential of interpretation. Participants will be introduced to the way in which the ATW works with a wide range of artists and have the opportunity to respond to a variety of imagery, from the photographic to the delicate transparency of watercolour. Evening lectures will be presented by ATW production manager, Sara Lindsay and artist weaver, Cresside Collette.