2024-02-08 Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Level 2 (Online)



Eight Thursdays, February 8 - March 28 (3:00-5:00 pm CT)


Laura Berlage


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


In this eight-week course, graduates of the Level 1 Introduction to Tapestry Weaving class will build on foundational skills and take techniques to new levels. The main focus of this course will be tackling the issue of working verticals in tapestry (a conundrum many weaving societies have handled in different ways). We will also be learning six different techniques, the cultures they come from, and situations in which each works best. We will then build on this to learn how to read a geometric tapestry pattern from a grid to create and move a stepped design using interlock. Expanding our repertoire, we will weave a traditional 8-pointed star motif that uses both verticals and angles in the same row (brain bender!). This motif is found in many cultures, including Norwegian coverlets.

Norwegian-style methods for creating selvage edges and finishing techniques will also be part of this project, adding new options for warping and finishing tapestry from the techniques used in the first class. The warm colors of wool from the instructor's sheep also draw on tradition, as will the stories that weave their way into the experience. In tandem with the live virtual sessions, students will receive a detailed photo essay and video tutorials to support them throughout the process.



This class includes a kit shipped to your home with all the materials you need to be successful (a $130 value!) – wool weft yarn from Laura's sheep, cotton warp yarn, pattern on graph paper, a handout, and a handcrafted comb made by Laura's grandfather.

In addition to the materials in your kit, you will need the loom and other materials from your Level 1 kit. Students will also need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact folkartschool@vesterheim.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Additional Supplies:

Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection. 


This class is designed for graduates of Laura Berlage's Introduction to Tapestry Weaving: Level 1 class.

Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the mailing and email addresses you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward the kit and all communications. 

Enrollment Deadline: 

January 25, 2024


Click here to learn more about instructor Laura Berlage.

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