Louise Martin




I have been teaching tapestry for twenty years, providing workshops for both individuals and groups such as The Embroiderers, Spinners, Weavers and Dyers, Turning Point Scotland, Primary and Secondary Schools and Art Centres.

Workshops are available for complete beginners as well as for those with more experience. Examples of workshops available are: Forming Shapes, Coptic Techniques. Eccentric Weaving, Weaving a Design, Supplementary Warps and Mille Fleur. 

Woven Tapestry Day (Everything Provided)

May 14th at 10:00 to 17:00
Taster or Refresher. Come with no experience or bring work you want help getting back to. Looms will be ready-warped, and be shown how to weave simple shapes, mix colours and control your tension. 

Contact www.highamhall.com for further details.

Woven Tapestry: Soumak

May 14th at 18:30 to May 16th at 13:30
A versatile and useful technique that can help you get out of a pickle or add interest to your tapestry. Weave a sampler exploring the possibilities. Perfect for both beginners and experienced. 

Contact www.highamhall.com for further details.

Woven Tapestry: Double and Single Weaving

May 16th at 18:30 to May 18th at 13:30

Combine single and double weave to create an interesting and sophisticated surface. Perfect for both beginners and those with some experience. 

Contact www.highamhall.com for further details.

Woven Tapestry: Sound and Weave

August 9th, 10th and 11th 2018

Sound - expressing that which is heard in the language of weave, hearing sounds in the mechanics and materials of weave. Looking beyond the usual boundaries, tapestry techniques and ideas.

Come prepared to play. A wide range of materials and exercises will be on offer.
To book, contact Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. 
Email: arts@dumgal.gov.uk
Call 01387 262084

The workshop will coincide with the opening of the British Tapestry Groups exhibition Sound and Weave at Gracefield Arts Centre. Thirteen tapestries were chosen including Whispered Words, my 5 x 4 metre installation.

Woven Tapestry: Stromness Townscape. 

September 10th, 11th, 12th 2018

Shapes from Stromness buildings will be used in an exercise to develop designs, and ways to interpret these in weave.
Stromness Library, Stromness, Orkney.

Contact Louise Martin to book a place.

Woven Tapestry 

September 13th and 14th 2018.

Orkney - Colours of the sea, sky and land
Colours taken from the Orkney landscape will be the starting point for a study in the use of colour in tapestry. 
Stromness Library, Stromness, Orkney 
Contact Louise Martin to book a place.

These workshops are to coincide with an exhibition Island to Island, by Louise Martin and Ros Bryant, to be held at Northlight Gallery, Stromness.

Turkey: Weaving in Turkey with Louise Martin and Jane Brunning  

September 24th - October 1st 2018 

Location: Dalyan 
Single room £775
Twin/Double room £690 each

The setting offers lots of inspiration. This years stimulating programme will focus on the surrounding environment. Drawing exercises will be interspersed with technical demonstrations and long periods to weave in the spacious studio. With two experienced tutors there is time for lots of individual tuition.

This will be the third group we have taken to the stunning area of Dalyan, Turkey. This fertile region, next to the sea and surrounded by hills, has been a wonderful backdrop for our workshops. Situated in the countryside, 20 minutes walk from the centre of Dalyan, Villa Cabrese is a peaceful place where you can sit by the pool or meander through the garden and relax in a hammock or tree house. Spaces to work are plentiful and the vegetarian meals, cooked by Turkish ladies, are delicious.


Woven Tapestry: Inspired by Matisse’s Paper-cuts 

October 7th - 9th 2018

Dynamic, bold shapes made in cut paper, and collaged to form the basis of a design. Interpreting in weave will give you the opportunity to explore achieving clean lines and working with strong colour. Suitable for weavers at early and advanced stages. 
Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164 

Contact www.highamhall.com for further details.

Woven Tapestry: Weaving Birds

October 9th - 11th 2018

A wonderful workshop to try out new ideas and techniques. From the cry of a curlew to a robin in the garden, birds can be a great source of delight and inspiration. Weavers have woven images of birds for hundreds of years and this workshop will look at traditional and contemporary tastes. Suitable for beginners and those with experience.  Residential: £231 Non-residential: £164 

Contact www.highamhall.com for further details.