We are excited to offer a new weaving workshop led by instructor Bradie Hansen, “Introduction to Tapestry Weaving.”
Tapestry weaving is a medium of artistic expression that is both ancient and modern. It is a way of “painting” with yarn that uses texture, color, and line as part of the design process, and your style can be anything from realistic to abstract.
In this workshop, participants will create a small project using simple frame looms to learn basic weaving techniques, starting with straight lines and interacting color. Skills covered will include: warping a simple frame loom, how to choose weft yarn, creation of a sampler with skills such as: creating horizontal and vertical stripes or lines, creating shapes like squares, rectangles and triangles, curves, and finally techniques for finishing the tapestry.
We will be using a 25" x 19" table top frame loom that can also rest on your lap. If you have your own frame loom you'd like to use, feel free to bring it to class. For the project we will do, looms need to be warped at 8 ends per inch. If your loom measures 4 warps per inch, we can double that to 8 and you'll be able to weave the same sampler as those using the looms provided by the school. Techniques for doing that will be taught as part of the class.
Yarn: we will primarily use Harrisville Highland Wool Yarn. If you have yarn of a similar weight and would prefer to use that instead, or in addition to what we have available, you are welcome to bring it. For the warp, we will use seine twine.
Another yarn that we may use is Array, a wool tapestry yarn available through Gist.
Open Studio Information
Fridays 12pm- 2pm