Saturday, February 3, 2018

February Workshops in Tapestry Weaving

For the new 2018 Workshop Season 
dates for February are Friday 16th & Saturday 17th 

If you visiting New Mexico, why not take a fiber arts workshop in tapestry weaving and leave with a memorable piece of your own art made with your own hands.  

Weaving has a rich cultural history in New Mexico which first inspired me to learn how to weave on a Rio Grande Loom designed by Rachel Brown, the founder of Weaving Southwest which is now run by her granddaughter Teresa Loveless who was one of my mentors in the weaving world.    

I LOVED weaving but craved something more and after returning from a 3 month visit to South Korea and Japan I lucked out in taking a workshop in Tapestry Weaving from Natalie Miller, an Australian artist who furthered my interested in tapestry weaving with new ways of creating textures and combining a variety of fibers to create unique shapes and forms in our tapestries.  

Now its the time to take it a step further and share my love and muse for Tapestry weaving with others who love handicrafts and hand made items.  The other side effects from weaving is a happier frame of mind and a sense of satisfaction knowing we made it with our own two hands and our waken creativity among others who inspired each other. 

Here are some more images of close up shots of weaving textures that are sure to delight the senses.  For more examples of my work you can find me on instagram

 This circle weaving above was warped like a frame loom and challenges appeared due to the nature of the vine loom.  Yet so much to learn and adapt depending upon materials.  

Are you ready to challenge yourself?

Learn a new craft or develop a new style? 

Open yourself to new adventures! 

Are you ready to experience the adventures that can be found in weaving?  
Send an email to the address below and indicate which day and option you would like.

More details to be found below. 

Workshops are given on two dates 
when reserving your spot please select the date of your choice. 

Two options available
 option #1: workshop with loom included $170
 option #2: workshop without loom (you can bring your own) $120

All Options will include the following: 
  • Variety of fibers
  • Warp 
  • Tapestry needle

Some snacks and beverage will be provided with the exception of lunch. 

Project is a Woven Wall Tapestry 

You will learn how to prepare a frame loom for weaving by warping the loom with warp threads.  Other techniques/skills taught will be fringe, plain weave, soumak loops, pile loops, among others.  When weaving, many newcomers to weaving tend to pull too hard on the edges which causes the weaving to pull inwards, so a few pointers during the workshop on how to avoid becoming "blank" during the transition to the next row.  

Color is a huge inspiration and textures can make one color more interesting at a glance to gaze upon.  Here are some inspiration and texture closeups.  

Fringe via "RYA KNOTS"
A weaving in progress... on a frame loom

I'll be working on more workshop dates for late spring and summer
States of interest are: California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio and possibly Tennessee.  
More dates for New Mexico for possible Creative Retreat... workshops by three artists in a beautiful setting.  

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