"Grey Matters" - A Tapestry Weaving Workshop

with Volunteer tutors from Oxford Guerilla Weavers & friends


Come and feed your creative fire, inspired by ancient and contemporary woven textile techniques. The theme is ‘Grey Matters’. Hands on experience and sharing will help you learn how to transition from one colour to the next. Through a project-based approach, you will appreciate the structure of fabrics, develop skills, explore new forms of creative expression, and make mini-tapestries.

No previous experience is necessary. Some, but not all, materials will be provided.

Day 1, Sat 8 December:
In a first project, you will learn how to make a bookmark shaped landscape in three stripes, using only grey tonal ranges, plus one colour (bright). The emphasis is on tapestry’s unique affordances, as shown through weft bundle blend transitions.
Credit: Joan Baxter.

Day 2, Sun 9 December:
You will learn why a grey ‘buffer’ helps to confer cohesion (gestalt), by making a coaster with 2 complimentary colours in the weft bundle blend transitions (plus a buffer from the grey range, or a colour wheel intermediary) -- for those wishing to move on to a second challenge.
Credits: Fiona Hutchison, Caron Penney & Katherine Swailes.

You will need to bring sharp SCISSORS, and ideally:
- Ruler, measuring tape, needle, strong warp yarn (HandWeavers Studio),
- fine weft yarns (lace weight) grey scale, Weavers Bazaar tonal pack and one bright colour, complimentary colour pairs,
- clamps, frame (wood, aprox. 55 by 65 cm., eg. canvas stretchers), masking tape, markers (OHP), notebook (graph paper), image, acetate (A4),
- colour wheel, attitude of sharing, sense of humour, lunch (or you could go the Ashmolean cafe).

If you are a weaver and have your own frame please do bring it, so that you can continue your projects later on.

(Further information will be provided to registrants)

About the workshop leader:
Jennifer Gurd is a guerrilla weaver and Neuropsychologist. She has recently become a member of the Oxford Asian Textile Group Committee.
The Oxford Guerilla Weavers are a virtual group of like-minded weavers inspired by the environment'.

Location: Ashmolean Museum Education Centre (Lower Ground Floor). Please meet us there on the day.

Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm (There will be a break for lunch - lunch is not included in the costs).


£10 per day for OATG members
£15 per day for Non-OATG members

We encourage you to book both workshop days. However, the days can also be booked separately. If you are a complete beginner make sure to come to the first day on the 8th.
You are encouraged to sign up via Eventbrite to show that you are interested in the workshop. We will only be able to confirm your registration once we have received the payment for the workshop. Spaces for the workshop are limited to 10 participants and will be distributed on the first confirmed registeration and first served basis. In case of high demand or conflicts priority will be given to OATG members.


By cheque addressed to Oxford Asian Textile Group which you can send to Ashmolean Museum, Eastern Art Department, Felicitas von Droste, Beaumont Street, OX1 2PH or bring in person (St Giles entrance).
In cash, if you come during business hours to the Ashmolean and ask for Felicitas (please do let her know in advance when you are planning to come by emailing oatg.events@gmail.com). Please do bring the exact amount.
By bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 2 - 4 High Street, Carfax, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 4AA; Sort Code: 30 -11 -27 Account Number: 00399254 - Oxford Asian Textile Group.
Please do let us know if you have sent a payment so that we can confirm reception. Do also make sure to clearly state your name and what workshop(s) day you book for.

In general we will not be able to process any refunds. However, in exceptional circumstances we might be able to find an individual solution.

Should you have any additional question or special requirements please do contact OATG

Workshop participation is at your own risk.