Handwoven Scenes 

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I offer courses on weaving a scene.

Participants weave a landscape or seascape using tapestry techniques. (We usually describe pictures worked on canvas as tapestries. However true tapestries are woven)

They use either a rigid heddle or a roller loom. Both of these looms lift alternate threads to make weaving quicker 

I provide woollen yarns in a range of thicknesses and colour.


Weaving a picture on a rigid heddle loom


Weaving a picture on a roller loom


The looms are warped with white cotton. For tapestry, the warp threads are set at about 4 per inch. The weft is pushed down and completely covers the warp.

  I also show various ideas for simple weaving looms


This loom is made from corrugated plastic and plant sticks.

It is easy to warp up. The weft is woven using a needle

Students work




Rosamund’s picture woven using two or more colours in the weft


Maddy’s picture woven using meet and separate and two or more colours in the weft

Gill’s picture woven on a roller loom using meet and separate technique


My woven pictures

When I started weaving in the late seventies I wove some pictures on a wooden frame using thick rug wools


My first picture. Meet and separate technique. The trees are embroidered

Seascape woven by building up areas

I stopped weaving pictures on a frame once I started weaving on a loom because I found the technique rather slow.

In 2001 I visited the Studio of Riitta Sinkkonen Davies in Pembrokeshire. Riitta specialises in weaving linen. I was particularly impressed by her scenes of the Pembrokeshire coast using   Handspun Linen in-laid on linen.. See  www.rasdavies.co.uk for pictures of her work. Later in the year I did a week’s course on small scale linen weaving with Riitta. Following this I started using the inlay technique using handspun wool and silk with a linen warp. The warp is set at 12 threads per inch and can be seen.  A row of plain weave in linen is woven in between each coloured row.




Tean – Isles of Scilly

Approx 30cm by 25cm £65

Derwent Water

Approx 30cm by 19 cm £60

Great Bay St Martins and White Island Isles of Scilly. On sale at North Farm Gallery at £65 Lawrence's Bay St Martins  Isles of Scilly On sale at North Farm Gallery at £70


These pictures are mounted on a stick but I also frame some of them.







This one is mounted on card which is quick to do. Picture size approx 18cm by 13 cm. £25 unframed  £40 framed  This takes longer to finish but I think it is more effective Picture size approx 33cm by 22cm.Nfs but similar ones would be £65 plus the cost of the frame  Another method. On sale at North Farm Gallery at £90


It is easier to transport and store the pictures on a stick but I can alter the finishing so they can be framed


I buy some of the silk and wool fibres that I spin randomly dyed and some I dye myself. The variations in colour add interest to the picture. I do not spin wool from the fleece because I find carding difficult owing to arthritis


I would also not have started weaving scenes if it was not for Sue Lewington’s  wonderful watercolours of the Isles of Scilly. I normally base the scenes on my photographs but the way Sue interprets colours gives me ideas for using my yarns. She sells some of my scenes. Equally important has been her encouragement and her willingness to sell some of my scenes in her gallery on St Martins. The gallery is now owned by Nick and Sue Murray who are continuing to sell my pictures.


The inlaid structure is quite thin and does not lend itself to bigger pictures so in 2008, I started weaving weft faced pictures again on my four shaft loom. My prices reflect the time I take to weave and I wanted to avoid too much of the “meet and separate” technique so I use  randomly dyed  yarns to provide some of the colour variation. I also used two or three strands of yarn in slightly different shades to vary the colour


Great Bay St Martins looking toward White Island

Approx 48 cm by 71 cm   £150

Yorkshire Landscape

Approx 48cm by 65cm   £150


I sold one in similar colours to the Great Bay picture within a fortnight of hanging it in North Farm Gallery in July 2008. I had been worried that I had made the colours of the sea too bright but the weather for my weeks stay was wonderful and the colours were just as bright


The main disadvantage of weaving bigger pictures on a four shaft loom is that I cannot see all of the picture.  I am looking for a large second hand tapestry loom


Recently A kind neighbour gave my some tapestry equipment and yarns including some metal rings, I enjoyed relaxing in the evening using them to weave some pictures using a needle using the same techniques used for the seascape picture nearly 30 years ago





I still have to finish the border


At a diameter of 15 cm it was quite quick to weave


last updated 10/06/2017