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Zoom Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
October 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT$290 – $320
Offered in partnership with Minnesota Weaver’s Guild
Curious about how tapestries are made and ready to try your hand at pictorial weaving? This ancient form of textile creation is rich with history and invitation for creative expression. Master weaver Laura Berlage will take you on a multi-week journey into the magical world of tapestry, where you will learn to transform warp and weft into a peaceful sunset landscape, measuring approximately 10×10 inches.
Using a simple frame loom, focus will be given to establishing good tapestry technique and learning the process for horizontal and angled forms—beginning with foundational geometrics and building into more naturalistic forms. Fundamentals of cartoon creation and shading will also be covered.
Unlock the mystery of how tapestry is made and add these skills to your expressions in fiber!
Equipment and Materials Requirements
An equipment kit that includes a loom, cotton and wool yarns, and weaving tools will be provided at no additional cost and will be yours to keep. You may pick up a kit from the Weavers Guild before the first class, or choose to have a kit mailed to you.
For those who are able to pick up a kit, kits will be available for pick-up during the following times:
Thursday-Saturday, September 16-18: 11am-3pm
Thursday-Saturday, September 23-25: 11am-3pm
If you would like a kit mailed to you, a Mailing Fee checkbox will appear below once you select your registration type (Member or General). The cost to mail a kit is $20. Please be sure to enter a current and accurate mailing address.
Ahead of the first class, you will need to set up your loom. Loom assembly requires wood glue. An easy-to-follow instructional video will be provided to guide you through the process.
You will need to provide a pair of sharp scissors, a black fine point marker, two tapestry needles with large eyes and blunt tips, two standard-size binder clips, and a soft tape measure.
Saturdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & November 6: 10am-12pm
You will be invited to continue working independently between classes.
Skill Level and Prerequisites
This class is open to students with no prior weaving experience. You will leave class knowing how to warp a tapestry loom, weave a variety of patterns, and finish your project. The instructor will also share tips for avoiding and solving a variety of common snags. Students will also have access to pre-recorded reference videos through the duration of the class.
This process uses both hands. Good lighting, a comfortable chair (preferably, one without arms), and magnification will be helpful. Gentle, forceful and repetitive beating on the textile with a hand comb may cause aggravation of arthritis.
This online class will take place over Zoom, which requires a reliable Internet connection. Your computer or tablet must have a camera and microphone. Download Zoom here: https://zoom.us/download
$290 Member Tuition/ $320 General Tuition
Membership is open to all. Sign up here: https://www.weaversguildmn.org/membership
Enrollment closes at 12pm on Tuesday, September 14.
This class is taught by Laura Berlage. Laura is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, Wisconsin. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual. Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm – especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.