Tapestry is a weft-faced cloth. Wefts are laid into the warp as the weaver desires, and packed by beating them down until the warp thread is covered. Tapestry is usually a simple two-shed process: only the colours change. Traditional French tapestry techniques become knowledge that frees up artistic expression: one is always learning. This course explores pictorial possibilities of the woven grid within your chosen colour palette. It is an opportunity to begin a new tapestry. You will explore solutions to both technical and aesthetic challenges. Your tapestry may be completed at home, subsequent to the classes, with materials provided.At the first class, each student will be offered to choose their tapestry materials from a selection of SWS\Sanjo silks of various textures in natural colours, and\or DMC Article 478 from France, in limited colour ways. For example, at our last class, we had a basket of pre-wound yarns to choose from (in black-white-grey-pink-blue palette) included in the course price. Optional colour choices may be purchased at $12-16 per ball.
This course is suited to your level of experience. Beginners, you will try out techniques on a pre-warped loom following a traditional sampler. Experienced weavers are encouraged to bring a black-and-white working drawing or trace a photo that inspires- it will serve as concept for your experiments.
Class size is limited to 5, allowing more personal instruction.
This course will take place on 3 consecutive Thursday evenings: February 6, 13 and 20th, 2020, from 6:30-9 pm. You may register at Eventbrite:( see link below).
Course price only (bring your own warped loom, tools and yarn to the classroom): $195
If you need a loom, the cost will be an additional $140, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get it ordered before the class starts.
Ruth Jones is an Aubusson-trained tapestry designer and weaver with a background in Classics and Fine Arts. She believes that patience, required for skill-building, pays off in gained visual and manual dexterity.
To register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/tapestry-weaving-with-ruth-jones-tickets-84034590723