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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.
in our store, including our floor looms.