Tapestry Foundations with Rebecca Mezoff (10/20-10/24)

Type: class

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Reservations are from the night before the first day of class thru the night after the last class. Check-in time is 4pm, check-out is 11am. You will receive Email confirmation of your reservation within 48hrs. Click for Boarding House Map

Tapestry Foundations with Rebecca Mezoff (10/20-10/24) - Class Only is backordered and will ship as soon as it is back in stock.

(If this class is sold out and you want to be added to our waiting list; Email us at classes@harrisville.com, and include your contact info and the class name and date.)

Tue 10/20/2020, 9:00 AM to Sat 10/24/2020, 4:00 PM

Tapestry weaving sometimes seems difficult, but there are some basic concepts that, once mastered, support all the other things we do in this medium. This workshop focuses on building a firm foundation in tapestry skills. It is intended for people who are fairly new to tapestry weaving. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have some experience but have struggled with understanding the underlying concepts in tapestry, this workshop is for you.

We'll dive into the concepts that are the basis for everything else in tapestry:

  • materials and tools including looms and yarn
  • best warping practices
  • what loom might be the best for you
  • foundational skills and knowledge such as weft tension and meet and separate
  • making basic shapes and how to put shapes together to create forms
  • what kinds of forms are best for this medium and which are best left for the painters
  • how to start and finish your pieces
  • next steps in learning about tapestry weaving

Supplies and equipment students should bring from home:

Looms: It is best if you can bring your own loom. There are many possibilities including

  • Mirrix: any Mirrix 8 inches or larger is fine. I highly recommend the shedding device. The 16 inch Big Sister is their most popular loom for good reason.
  • Glimakra Freja
  • copper pipe loom/galvanized pipe loom
  • Cactus Flower loom
  • various Schacht tapestry looms (tapestry, Lilli loom, School loom)
  • Handywoman Shop loom (I recommend the large or medium size if possible) or similar pegged/slotted looms (Lost Pond for example). Harrisville’s lap loom will work as will Schacht’s Lilli Loom or Easel Weaver.
  • older looms not made anymore such as the Hagen
  • you could bring a small floor loom

I do not recommend any rigid heddle loom for tapestry and only a few table looms are acceptable.

If you are unsure about your loom, please email me. The success of this workshop does depend on you having useable equipment. I have several looms available to borrow if you don’t have an appropriate one. You’ll need to sign up for that with me as soon as possible.

Warp: I highly recommend using cotton seine twine for warp. At 8 epi, 12/6 or 12/9 are great sizes. Please purchase a cone of this warp and bring it with you. We will have this available in the retail store if you don't bring it with you.

Other tools: A tapestry fork is probably the most important tool that you’ll bring along besides your loom. Also please be careful to bring all loom parts with you.

  • Notebook and pen for taking notes
  • tapestry fork (Magpie Woodworks makes gorgeous ones. In a pinch, a regular dinner fork will work, but look for a heavy one with thin tines.
  • anything that goes with your loom (Mirrix handles, springs, heddles for example)
  • for looms that don’t have a shedding device (copper pipe, Handywoman), a shed stick is very useful.
  • if you have tapestry bobbins and like them, bring them. I use butterflies and will show you how to make those.
Since 1971, we have sponsored workshops to give students the opportunity to study with exceptional instructors in the relaxed atmosphere of this unique village. Our workshops are held on the second floor of the Bethuel Harris Mill which sits at the end of the canal overlooking the mill pond and originally operated on water-power. This beautiful brick building was built in the 1830’s as a spinning mill for locally raised wools and it now houses our retail shop on the first floor and provides excellent studio space for our students on the second floor. It is relished for its sunlit windows, fresh air and tranquility. In order to create the atmosphere of a working studio rather than a classroom, we limit enrollment in our workshops. Most classes meet daily from 9 am to 4 pm; however, the studio is open to students 24 hours a day while class is in session. During the 5 day classes, students will have the opportunity to tour our spinning mill and listen to a talk on the history of Harrisville. Yarn and other materials for the workshops are usually included in the tuition unless otherwise noted.
Withdrawal/Refund Policy: Tuition includes a non-refundable $50.00 registration fee for each workshop. Students who must withdraw have 5 weeks prior to class for a full tuition refund less the registration fee. After this date all payments are non-refundable.
or call us: 603-827-3996 Tuesday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
email: classes@harrisville.com
While taking a class, students receive a 10% discount on non-sale items
in our store, including our floor looms