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I met lynn while she was waiting for chemo in the infusion room. She was a complete beginner, as most of our participants are, and is starting to weave blocks together by twisting the yarns between each section.

Chipper’s 2nd tapestry completed. He was playing with creating warp lines.

It’s been 10 months since we started our free monthly drop-in tapestry class, and we are starting to build up a solid group of participants. I’m learning to offer adaptive techniques- such as using a big darning needle to weave if there are difficulties with pushing the weft between the warp ends.

Dot has almost completed her tapestry; next month she plans to mount it in a wooden frame. She says she has just the right place to display it- beside a ceramic vase with the same colors as the tapestry

Nona is almost done- or so she says..

Slowly but surely, tapestries are being completed, different techniques are incorporated and concerns about presentation are explored. Our next session is  April 13.

Chipper’s first tapestry- which he has since mounted on a canvas and calls”American Devil“. 

Hedy has her own loom at home where she weaves bulky tapestries with lots of texture. I am trying to persuade her to bring her tapestries to class, so we can all see them and admire them too.

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 “That’s a very good place to start, ” as Maria says, in the “Sound of Music” 

I started with drawings the trees in my back garden, which have beautiful colors in the early fall mornings

When weaving a design with a lot of horizontal lines or shapes, it is easier to weave the design sideways. This way the tree trunks can be woven horizontally. So in this example, my warp is displayed on the left hand  side, and the filling is vertical.

Well said, Maria.

For our upcoming tapestry weaving classes in  January 2018 at the Hirsch Wellness Center, I’m going to start at the very beginning of the process of creating a tapestry:  how to use source material or  inspirational material.  You can use drawings, photographs, illustrations. In this example,  I did drawings of my favorite trees in the back garden and selected one drawing that had the simplest blocks of color and shapes that I thought could translate into a woven tapestry.

I tend to use the drawings as a starting place and refer back to them for guidance but do not  translate the drawing exactly into a tapestry. I try to keep as my goal: simplify, simplify, simplify.

Your source material is like  using a recipe for a cake- you can follow the instructions and get a delicious cake at the end of the process, and be very satisfied with the result. Or you can throw in some of your favorite ingredients, mix them up with some new spices and see what happens.

 

Our last tapestry session for the year is on  Friday, December 15, 2017 at  1-3pm, the Hirsch Center,  Revolution Mill, Studio 130, Greensboro.


On Saturday, October 8, 2017,  at the Hirsch Wellness Silent Auction  my punch needle piece “First Things First” was auctioned, along with 120 other pieces of art to help raise funds for free art classes for cancer survivors and carers.  A lovely evening of great art, music, food and wine.

Way to go, Mona

A few days before the auction, at our September community fiber  drop-in class, Mona completed her first tapestry

Nona adding a red outline to her golden triangle

Wendy followed instructions on youtube as to how to weave a perfect circle- she did a great job

Weaving a tapestry is not something that you can weave up overnight- no matter how hard and long you work. It’s a process that demands that you slow down and pay attention. And for that very reason, it can be very calming and meditative. Thanks to everyone who came to our drop- in session last week at the Hirsch Wellness Network, Revolution Mill.

Almost time for the drop-in session at the Revolution Mill, in Greensboro! Looms, knitting needles and yarns available- and snacks. See you there from 6-8pm


With two long pieces of pieces of wood, and four short pieces, add a couple of nails  and you have an easy tapestry stand for your tapestry loom-great for display purposes too!

We are starting drop-in monthly fiber art classes, starting on May 19, 1-3 pm, at the Historic Revolutionary Mill, suite 1250, in the Hirsch Wellness classroom 130 Revolutionary Mill Drive in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Many of our tapestry students enjoyed weaving alongside their fellow students at our personal tapestry weaving workshops, getting support, encouragement and inspiration from each other . However,we have found that once a year is a long time to wait between tapestry sessions, especially if you have any technical concerns and have no one to ask for help.

The drop-in sessions are designed to bridge the gap between the once a year tapestry workshop, to get friends together again, and to keep everyone motivated to complete projects and start new ones!

I will be available to help with tapestry weaving and knitting and tapestry looms, yarns and knitting needles are all provided by the Hirsch Wellness Network.

I love the idea of the drop-in classes ! It gives me the opportunity to meet up with everyone again, see everyone’s progress and I get to enjoy seeing some of the finished pieces!

 

 

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