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.


Beginner's Classes

Join master weavers in the stimulating environment of the ATW for an intensive 2 days developing the basic skills required to produce simple tapestries on a small scale using the weft faced French Gobelin technique.

Participants will learn how to warp a loom, weave simple shapes and lines and explore colour, pattern and texture. In these class you will use our in house dyed wool (range of 370 colours) and watch our weavers working on major commissions. 

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop
Cost: $370 (includes all materials: loom, clamp, bobbin, 10 cones of yarn, warp, needles, notes)

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


Learn to Weave Classes for 2019

Learn to Weave with Joy Smith
Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 October 2019 10am to 4pm FULLY BOOKED

Learn to Weave with Cresside Collette
Thursday 14 & Friday 15 November 2019  BOOK NOW

For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email

**Please note: Full payment is required at the time of booking, all payments though our online booking system. Refunds on workshop bookings are not available, however if you can’t attend the class you are more than welcome to send someone in your place! We require a miniumum of 6 people to run this class, if we don't reach minimum numbers we will reschedule the class. 





Intermediate Weaving Classes

Our intermediate classes are designed for participants who have completed our Lean to Weave Class or medium leavel weavers who want to refine and improve their skills. 

Participants will learn colour gradation, hatching, half passing and interpretation of a small design. The class will also teach you how to translate a design or drawing into tapestry. 

Venue: Australian Tapestry Workshop

Cost: $320 for 2 days or $420 for 3 days (includes materials: 10 cones of yarn, warp, needles, notes. PLEASE NOTE: Does not include loom, bobbin & clamp, these can be purchased separately at the ATW if needed)

Bring a friend to recieve $20 off each booking. Select 'Bring a Friend Ticket when booking.


Intermediate Classes for 2019

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

This workshop provides an opportunity for tapestry weavers with some experience to explore different techniques for mixing and blending colour. With particular emphasis on the translucent effects of overlapping shapes. We’ll also discuss how these techniques can be used in developing and interpreting designs for tapestries.


For more information, contact the ATW on 9699 7885 or email


Past classes


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


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.