*I LOVE teaching tapestry! It’s a textile addict’s dream, using linen, silk, cottons and fine wool for their tactile qualities as well as their depth of colour in order to create . . . anything you really like. (this is a great excuse to hoard reels and skeins of beautiful yarn!)
Tapestry is a simple process, however there is a very clear set of rules to begin with in order to have a really good technique . . . . and after this good grounding, I’ll encourage you to play and experiment with the effects you get from different types of yarn, in order to reveal your own weaving style or ‘handwriting’.
We’ll begin making a sample piece, first making shapes, then adding ways of shading and pattern to use within the spaces. After that comes outlining and controlling lines and ‘floating wefts’ as they travel in all directions. Next comes texture, relief, 3D, uneven warping and irregular shaped pieces...(potential for sculptural, functional or wearable pieces)
At this point we break the rules! I particularly like using a curved weft known as ‘coptic’ or ‘eccentric’....(and I’ll share with you a ‘safety net’ of how to avoid things going wrong!) Weaving by hand (with a wooden bobbin), on a simple vertical frame (no heddles or peddles) makes it easy to place weft threads at angles to the warp and follow the sweeps and curves of the drawing.
Keeping notes, scraps and scribbles is all part of the designing process, as is looking at historical pieces to see why some things work better than others.
We’ll each aim to come up with a tapestry design or ‘cartoon’ that lends itself to the tapestry process as well as reflecting your personality and interests. This way, the final making stage is a creative and enjoyable experience, retaining plenty of freedom to improvise.
Places are limited and this allows for total beginners to work alongside those with experience.
I look forward to welcoming you to my world of Tapestry.
Don’t forget to bring a sketch/notebook, drawing things and colours, scissors and needle&thread. See you in France!