Intro to Tapestry Weaving3 Session Hybrid Class

Instructors: Mina Doerner and Bonni Brooks

Dates of the class: Sundays, February 7, 21, and 28, 2021 
(Materials/loom pick-up will be the evening of Thursday, February 4th.)

Time of the class: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm each session (Alaska Time Zone)

Location: Online Zoom Meetings, Video, Small in-person meetings (if possible)

Are you fascinated by patterns and images woven into cloth? Tapestry, a weft-faced weaving structure that allows the weaver to create an image with very basic materials, can open up the ability to paint with yarn. Tapestry techniques are found in nearly every culture throughout history and the fundamentals have remained nearly unchanged. Unlike some forms of weaving, tapestry can also be very portable and the tools and techniques we’ll explore in this workshop will fit in your pack for an on-the-go creative practice that works just as well indoors by the fire as it does outdoors on the trail.

Intro to Tapestry WeavingIn this workshop, you will learn how to warp a basic frame loom, how to weave lines and simple shapes, how to change colors, and how different techniques allow you to transition between shapes and colors. In our final session, you’ll learn how to finish your work and we’ll talk about the basics of designing for tapestry.

There will be work for participants between sessions and the experience will be most satisfying for them if you complete the homework assignments. These assignments will be kept to about 60 to 90 minutes between each of the sessions.

This workshop will use a variety of different types of interaction with instructors.  Our final choices about which combination of approaches to use will be communicated closer to the date so that we can be in line with current guidance from public health experts.  We will use a blend of the following:

  • Small group in person meetings of 20 minutes or less, masked and distanced.  A maximum of  three participants will interact with each instructor in these groups.  
  • Video instruction
  • Zoom meetings
  • Written project instructions with diagrams and photos of samples
  • Individual or small group show and tell sessions with instructor feedback
  • If weather permits, an outdoor showing of completed work after the final session

Note: Materials/loom pick up will be the evening of Thursday, February 4th. This will give us a chance to speak with students in person (wearing masks and social distancing), one or two at a time, when you pick up materials, to get the loom set up for weaving. We will be in contact to arrange a specific pick-up time.

The materials fee for this workshop includes the rental of your loom and other tools for five weeks.

Important: Please review the information on our Using Zoom for Online Classes and Meetings page to make sure you have the resources necessary to successfully and satisfactorily participate in such a class before you sign up.

Maximum number of students: 13

Minimum number of students: 3

Age range: 16 to adult

Intro to Tapestry WeavingPrerequisites:  none

Cost: $87.50

Materials fee: $20 (Covers rental of loom and tools for 5 weeks. Weft provided by Fairbanks Weavers and Spinners Guild.)

Contact: Bonni Brooks:

Pre-registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by February 3rd. Registration will be closed after this time.



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