Level 3 Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (Online)

OL.2022.Q3.77
$365.00

Instructor: 

Laura Berlage

Schedule: 

Thursdays, August 11-September 29 (5:00-7:00 pm CT) as well as time in between spent weaving independently.

Location: 

This is an online class hosted on Zoom. 

 

Building on the skills and techniques we’ve developed in levels 1 and 2, this class dives deeper into pictorial techniques. Expanding our warping repertoire, we’ll use a wool warp at 10 epi, along with doubled-selvedge warps for a stronger edge for this finer weaving experience. We’ll also work on new methods for spacing and creating headers that translate well to working on larger looms in the future. Inspired by “mille fleur” (thousand flowers) tapestries, we’ll explore three delightful birds on a royal blue background. We’ll weave our piece on its side, discussing why this choice for pictorial tapestries has been used historically and how it works. 

Each bird focuses on a different facet of the pictorial tapestry technique. The warbler (inspired by a tapestry in the Vesterheim collection) explores billedvev techniques, with heavy outlining and use of “eccentric weft.” The owl focuses on advanced shading technique, including Flemish and Aubusson styles and the strategic use of floats for quick color changes. The cardinal allows us to play with a variety of texture techniques, including soumak, tufting, embroidery, beading, and visible floats. 

Note:  Each weaver has their own “complexity tolerance,” and there is no single way to interpret how to translate these birds into tapestry. You will be encouraged to experiment with the techniques offered in their interpretation of the cartoon to the level of intricacy that you feel comfortable or confident in creating. There is no expectation your pieces will be the same or exactly match those of the instructor.  Instead, we will be using the images of the birds as invitations to practice new techniques and add new skills to the weaver’s toolkit.


Supplies: 

The kit provided with the class (a $125 value!) includes wool yarn from the instructor’s sheep, wool warp, 3 tapestry bobbins, a small wooden batten made by the instructor’s grandfather, a full-scale cartoon of the three birds, wood skewers for new warping technique, cotton for the headers, a glass bead for the cardinal’s eye, and wool lock, yarn, and a chicken feather for the tufting in the cardinal’s beak. A detailed photo essay of the process will be provided digitally, and there will be access to recorded video tutorials to aid your experience.

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:

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address 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 all communications and/or kit supplies.

Prerequisites: 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving, Levels 1 and 2

Special Instructions:  

When registering for the class, please make sure to use the email address 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 email address or be prepared to forward all communications.

Enrollment Deadline: 

July 27, 2022

 

Click here to learn more about instructor Laura Berlage. 

 

Tuition :
$400.00
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