The CCE visual arts program offers interactive courses for the budding to experienced artists, from classic to modern techniques, in the areas of: photography, drawing, painting, woodwork, steelwork, ceramics, textiles and more.

Tue 20 Feb 2018 - Tue 03 Apr 2018

18:00 - 21:00

7 Sessions
10 spots remaining.

Learn the traditional craft of tapestry weaving. Explore colours and textures as you learn to warp up the loom, weave shapes, blend yarns and interpret your deign. For beginners to advanced level students

Course outline

Topics that will be covered during the course include:

  • designing for tapestry
  • warping up the loom
  • weaving a sampler
  • weaving a major work
  • mounting and finishing off the major work

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should:

  • be able to warp up a loom so that they can continue to weave independently
  • be able to weave a variety of techniques such as colour gradation, hatching, half passing and interpretation of a small design
  • finish a small sample piece and weave a larger mounted work.

Who should enrol

This course is open to everyone. All skill levels will be catered for.

Course materials

Bring a pair of scissors and a G-clamp if you have one

No dates are currently scheduled.

Enjoy adventures in weaving and create your own take-home project using the skills and techniques learned in this course. Beginners - discover the loom, a variety of fibres and four-shaft weave structures. Intermediate weavers - learn about woven lace structures such as huck, Bronson lace and mock leno, on eight-shaft table looms.

Course outline

Beginners will learn to design and wind warps, set up a loom, understand the basics of drafting, and weaving 4 shaft weave structures. Intermediate students will learn about loom woven lace techniques (Huck/Bronson Lace, Mock Leno). 

After initial sampling, you will work on a personal project, which can be of a practical or decorative nature. Throughout the course, textiles will be discussed using samples from varied sources. Materials are supplied by the workshop, but you may choose to purchase additional yarns if needed. 

You will be able to work at your own pace and skill level and will have the use of a table loom. Intermediate students can bring their own loom if they wish.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course:

  • beginners will understand four-shaft weave structures, yarn technology and the workings of the loom
  • intermediate weavers will understand the basics of lace weave structures and will be able to apply the technique independently.

Who should enrol

Everyone from beginners to intermediates.

Course materials

All textile materials will be provided in class, but feel free to bring any personal yarn you wish. 

You should bring to each class a notepad, pen, scissors and reading glasses, if you need them.

No dates are currently scheduled.

The ANU Textiles Workshop and Centre for Continuing Education are again offering its Weavers’ Summer School! This is an opportunity for intermediate and advanced weavers to use the workshop looms for a personal project. This can be for a finished piece or to engage in weave experimentation. Applicants will need to have completed a basic introduction to 4 shaft weave structures.

The Weavers’ Summer School offers:

  • 3 counter-march 8-10 shaft treadle looms, all with double back beam
  • 3 computer dobby looms (24 shafts), all with double back beam
  • Weaving equipment ie warping mill, shuttles, bobbin winder, threaders, temples etc
  • Assistance with calculations and set up of projects
  • Instruction and assistance with use of computer design program and looms
  • Informal show-and-tell and exchange by participants and tutor

Participants are required to contact the tutor first to organise materials before the summer school starts. Previous projects have included complex weave scarves, large throws, table runner sets, decorative wall pieces, lengths (for clothing/upholstery), bed cover, window treatment, floor rugs (wool/rag).


Monique has been a weaver for more than 35 years. She teaches weave classes in the ANU Textiles workshop, Visual Arts Access program at the ANU, and Canberra Spinners & Weavers. She exhibits her work regularly and is an Accredited Professional Member of Craft ACT.

Please contact the tutor first to discuss equipment and your project: