Level 1 Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (Online)



Thursdays November 3-17 and December 1-15 (2:00-4:00 pm CT) (There will not be class on Thursday, November 24 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.)


Laura Berlage


This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 


Curious about how tapestries are made and ready to try your hand at pictorial weaving? This most ancient form of textile creation is rich with history and invitation for creative expression. Master weaver Laura Berlage will take you on a multi-week journey into the magical world of tapestry, where you will learn to transform warp and weft into a peaceful sunset landscape, measuring approximately 10 x 10 inches. Starting with a simple frame loom, the focus will be given to establishing good tapestry techniques and learning the process for horizontal and angled forms – beginning with foundational geometrics and building into more naturalistic forms. Fundamentals of cartoon creation and shading will also be covered, and we'll explore tapestry pieces from Vesterheim's collection along the way. Unlock the mystery of how tapestry is made and add these skills to your expressions in fiber. Join us for this welcoming online class!



The class registration includes a kit shipped to your home with a simple frame loom, stick shed dowel, two large-eye tatting needles, wool yarn for the project, a hand comb/beater, a spool of cotton warp, and a special treat from Vesterheim (a $125 value). The loom will arrive disassembled, and students will be responsible for putting their loom together. An easy-to-follow instructional video will guide students through this process.

Students should provide a comfortable but firm chair (preferably without arms), a table edge to lean the loom against as it rests in your lap, sharp scissors, a black Sharpie fine point marker, at least two tapestry needles (large eyes, blunt ends), two-four binder clips, and a tape measure (preferably the kind used for sewing). Students will also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection. For loom assembly, students will need wood glue.

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.

Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the mailing and email address you'd like the kit and 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 address or be prepared to forward all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

October 20, 2022

Learn more about instructor Laura Berlage here.

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