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.