Tapestry Weaving

Weaving the Human Form

with Joan Baxter

Tuesday 9th to Friday 12th June 2020 (4 days) 10am-5pm each day


Plus £7 per day for lunch (optional) – most dietary requirements catered for


In this class you will explore different ways to portray the human form in tapestry.

You should bring your own drawings and/or photographs as a starting point. (Please NOT digital images on a screen but as actual drawings or printed photographs.)

You will look at portraiture and full or part figures and will consider how to simplify, abstract and add to the figure as the basis for designs for tapestry. You will work with the source originals to create a series of possible design ideas and test them through sampling and further drawing or collage.

The intention is not to create a completed tapestry in the four days but to create a design and enough samples to start the piece in class and complete it at home.

There will be an introductory PowerPoint lecture with examples of figurative or figure derived tapestries during the first day of the class.

This class is aimed at those with some tapestry and design experience.

Students should bring:

  • a selection of possible source material on paper
  • sketch book and drawing materials
  • a tapestry frame
  • frame clamps if you have them

Tutor will provide:

  • some clamps
  • some tools
  • the full colour range of weaversbazaar 7/2s yarns for use in the class. There will be a small charge for the yarns (currently £3 per student per day).
  • a range of warps for use in the class

About the tutor

Joan Baxter is a tapestry weaver based in the far north of Scotland. After studying tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts during the 1970s, she spent eight years working as a weaver and trainer in commercial tapestry studios in the UK and Australia, notably working on the Henry Moore tapestries at West Dean Tapestry Studio. Joan has been an independent tapestry artist since 1987, working to commission and exhibiting widely. She has had solo exhibitions in the UK and Denmark and participated in many group exhibitions around the world.

Alongside the narrative style that she is known for, Joan also experiments with pieces that push the boundaries of traditional tapestry. She is committed to raising awareness of tapestry weaving and passing on her skills.

Joan Baxter Human Weaving 1

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