Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Exploring the Visual Heartbeat: Use of Rhythm in Tapestry Design

Rhythm is not only integral to the world of music and dance, but also to effective tapestry design. In this workshop, we will explore different approaches to visual rhythm through the use of:  repetition, progressions, gradations, and contrast in shape, line, value and color.  These underlying principles behind rhythm will help you go beyond the flat background to creating a sense of movement and dynamic flow. We will look at how rhythm correlates with the use of tapestry techniques from a variety of traditions. Students can expect to generate designs in cut and torn paper collage, to experience the process of adapting a design idea to woven form, and to begin weaving on a study or small tapestry.   

Intermediate level. Students need a working knowledge of basic tapestry techniques.  An understanding of values helpful.

Saturday, March  16 - Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center

Supply List for Workshop Participants:

--Warped loom, using 12/9 Glimakra or 12/6 cotton warp
--notebook/sketchpad and pen/pencil
--glue stick
--yarn needle
--awl, if you have one
--hand beater
--bobbins if you use them
--2 or 3 tapestries you have woven, as samples of your work
--photos, sketches, and ideas you have for using curves
--optional portable desk lamp, if you need extra light for weaving


If you plan on using one of EVFAC’s floor looms, warp it up at 8 epi and 8 inches wide. Have 2 lease sticks available, so that we can use them to support the cartoon beneath the warp. 

If you plan on bringing a portable loom that has a worm gear-type of tensioning devise (Mirrix, Hagen, Copper pipe, or Shannock), warp width can be 6 -8 inches wide.  If using 12/9 cotton seine twine, use a  sett of 9 epi.  If using 12/6 cotton seine twine (a thinner weight than 12/9) use a sett of 10 epi.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Curves In Tapestry Workshop

Saturday, December 1 - Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Curves present unique technical challenges in tapestry.  In this intermediate-level workshop we will explore several approaches to weaving curves as shapes, as well as lines.  Participants can expect to become more familiar with empty and full warps, eccentric wefts, and shading techniques to depict shallow or steep curves, organic shapes, and meandering lines.  This workshop will incorporate the use of shape-building and how to design weavable curves in tapestry, working either from the front or the back.

Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center
325 Paseo de Onate
Espanola, NM   87532

Cost:  $350.00 for EVFAC members; $435.00 for non-members
Materials Fee for art supplies and weft yarns:  $25.00 per student

To Register contact: 
 Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center

Student Supply List:
Warped portable loom, 6 inches wide, 8 - 10 epi with 12/9 cotton seine twine
   (suggested looms:  Mirrix, Hagen, Shannock, copper pipe)
Portable desk lamp
Sketches or your own photos of ideas you have for curves in tapestry
Hand Beaters
Bobbins, if you use them

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Saturday - Tuesday, April 28 - May 1, 2012 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location:  studio of Elizabeth Buckley, Albuquerque, NM
An intimate class:  Limited to 6 students

Value is not only the foundation of effective tapestry design, it also can be an expression of the universal metaphors around light and dark.  In this workshop, we will explore the theme of how light and dark enter into your own life, describe an internal place or a personal symbology.  We will look at how value comes into the use of tapestry techniques.  This is a workshop intended for weavers of all tapestry traditions:  Rio Grande, French, Mexican, and the spectrum in-between.

We will explore the use of contrast, color blending, and the illusion of 3-dimensional space.  We will work with black, white and gray-toned papers, India Ink washes, and collage as we generate designs for tapestry; moving through the stages in the design process from playing with ideas to the fine-tuning of one design to the point of launching a tapestry. We will discuss how to think in tapestry and which techniques make the most sense for weaving specific areas.  Participants also can expect to begin weaving a small tapestry, or a study section of a larger design.

Workshop Fee:  $300.00
Materials Fee:  $25.00
Deposit Due:  $100.00 non-refundable deposit due by March 1, 2012 to hold place.  A waiting list will be established for unexpected cancellations.
Balance Due:  $225.00 April 1, 2012

Supplies to Bring:
Warped portable loom:  6 inches wide, 10 epi with 12/9 cotton seine twine
    Shannock, Mirrix, Hagen, or Copper Pipe are good. (a few looms available to rent).
Sketches, your own photos of ideas you have for tapestry around the light and dark metaphors
Examples of your work (2 or 3 pieces)
Hand beaters
Bobbins, if you use them
Sack lunch for each day

Friday, January 6, 2012

Color and Design for Fiber Class at Village Wools

Saturdays, February 11 & 18, 2012;
January 12 and 19, 2013
10:00am - 12:30pm

A two-session class exploring how to work with color theory as it specifically relates to fiber, in planning warps, knitted garments, embroidery, quilting and felt projects, as well as the blending of weft bundles in tapestry.  We will examine how color can describe mood and temperature, as well as how colors shift in relationship to each other.  Hands-on exercises will include experimenting with design principles of value, repetition, contrast, line, and color combinations.  Come with questions, projects-in-process, and a sense of play!

Cost:  $65.00 class fee plus $20.00 materials fee
Class Information   
To register at Village Wools
Village Wools
5916 Anaheim Ave. NE; Albuquerque, NM  87113