Workshop: Tapestry weaving workshop – Poppy field. Introduction to woven tapestry with Lucy Sugden

Saturday, 25th May 2024
10:00am to 4:00pm
Charles Morris Hall, Tyttenhanger Green, Tyttenhanger, ST ALBANS, Hertfordshire, AL4 0RN

The hall has plenty of free parking.

The Workshop:

Tapestry weaving is one of the oldest forms of art textiles. Tapestries are often woven on upright looms which the warp yarns are stretched onto. It is a weft faced weave, this means coloured weft yarns completely cover the warp yarns, being built up in sections to produce images and texture.

In this introductory workshop into tapestry weaving, you will learn techniques to weave shapes, creating the idea of tall grasses in a meadow or field. Once woven we will attach poppies to the weave to complete your picture. The process allows individuals to decide their final design and the colours they use, making each woven tapestry unique to them. A simplified version of a process Lucy enjoys using to weave her meadow tapestries.

Your loom will be ready for weaving with the warp attached. During the workshop Lucy will explain terminology and techniques of woven tapestry, along with a little history, giving you a complete introduction to tapestry weaving.

Lucy will be hands on demonstrating the process and guiding you step by step. This is a relaxed session introducing you to the basics of tapestry weaving, teaching techniques you can then continue to use should the weaving bug grab you.

The Tutor: 

Lucy is a woven tapestry artist from Letchworth Garden City, who graduated from Middlesex University with a Constructed Textiles degree specialising in tapestry weaving, and a commendation from the Simon Jersey Tapestry Award. After spending most of her career developing and delivering art education to the community, schools, and colleges, she fully returned to tapestry weaving in 2017, which she continues to teach. A member of The British Tapestry Group, and various textiles associations, Lucy regularly exhibits locally and nationally, along with delivering talks, workshops, and courses.

Her work explores a fascination of light play with a love of wildlife and beneficial flowers found in local habitats and is often inspired by her garden and walks around the fields of Letchworth. She creates flowers on circle looms before embedding them in the tapestry backgrounds as they are woven.

It is important to Lucy to maintain a sustainable art practice by recycling and upcycling fibres, which has become an integral part of how she works and often has a direct effect on design and size of a piece. All the fibres she uses in her work are someone else’s waste, all good quality, either from a craft stash, a box at the back of the garage, or from yarn suppliers and rug manufacturers.

Visit Lucy online at - and watch her weaving.
Find her on Instagram or Facebook - @LucySugdenWeaving

What you need to bring:
  • Your lunch and a mug for drinks which will be provided.

Workshop Booking Form

To book your place, please complete the form below and pay £45 by bank transfer to the following account:  

Account: St Albans Art Society

Sort Code:  09-01-29

Account number: 86836852

Reference: 25MAY followed by your initials.



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