NatureArt Lab

(NEW!) Studio Art Course: MILLEFLEUR: 30 August to 20 September 2022 (Beginners to Advanced)

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This 4 week course is inspired by the historical European form of tapestry called Millefleur, or a thousand flowers.  In this style of tapestry, the background is like a carpet of flowers closely observed and detailed in the weaving.

Date: 30 August to 20 September 2022 (4 weeks)

Days/Time: Tuesday afternoons, 1.30 - 4.30pm

Venue: NatureArt Lab, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, Canberra

Course Description: 

Learn about colour, design and weaving a tapestry through observing a flower shape, formation and colour, making your own design for a shaped tapestry and then weaving it.  

Beginners will warp up a small loom and learn the basic techniques of tapestry weaving, moving on to weave a simple flower shape.  

Experienced weavers will design and weave their own small tapestry through studying a flower to design their own small shaped tapestry.  Advanced techniques and problem solving will be covered.

The beginners' and advanced students' shaped tapestries will be cut off the loom and finished off to be the overall shape of a flower.  Displayed together the collection of small shaped tapestries can make a contemporary Millefleur.


Students will be able to:

*  warp up a tapestry on a small portable loom

*  select appropriate weft materials

*  create a flower shaped design and make the cartoon as a guide for weaving

*  mark shapes on the tapestry warp as a guide for weaving

*  use basic techniques to weave a small shaped tapestry and finish it off

Materials: A materials list will be provided once you have enrolled.

Experience Level:  This course is suitable for Beginners through to Advanced students (16+).

Your Tutor

Valerie Kirk studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art, where she discovered woven tapestry. As a graduate she came to Australia and worked in the Australian Tapestry Workshop and travelled the country to teach in communities and colleges, work as an artist-in-residence, exhibit and lead community tapestry projects and textile tours. Between 1990-2017 she was a Senior Lecturer and Head of Textiles at the Australian National University.

During 2004-2019 she was commissioned to design and weave six major tapestries to celebrate Nobel/Japan/Kyoto Prizes in Science associated with the Australian National University. Awards such as the Australia Council New Work grant, ACT Creative Arts Fellowship, Muse Arts Woman of the Year Award and the Canberra Centenary Community Tapestry project mark substantial success and her artwork can be seen in collections nationally and internationally.

Images: Valerie Kirk


Refund Policy:  Any changes or cancellations made by NatureArt Lab for any reason are 100% refunded or credited (for use on another course).  Any cancellations made by the purchaser are refunded (or held in credit) for the total amount LESS a $60 administrative processing fee.  Special consideration for waiving the $60 fee for compassionate/ extraordinary circumstances can be granted by NatureArt Lab by writing to

COVID-19 Policy: Students on NatureArt Lab studio courses or workshops are required to comply with all stated COVID-19 requirements specified at the time of booking.  This includes showing proof of double vaccination prior to entry at the NatureArt Lab premises, use of sanitiser on entry and during the course/workshop and maintaining social distancing. Any additional COVID-19 related restrictions and/or requirements will be conveyed by email prior to the course/workshop.  This policy will be reviewed and amended as ACT Government policy is changed and these changes will also be conveyed to students prior to commencement.

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout.  If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email