I present workshops and lectures to guilds and conference groups on a regular basis. The list of classes I am currently teaching in person is further down this page. If you are interested in an alternate way of presenting guild content, I am also offering remote lectures and online workshops at reduced prices. This keeps me from having to travel so much and it lets you get great content at very reduced rates.
I am now offering these services in two ways:
1. Traditional delivery
I can come to your guild or conference and present workshops from half-a-day to five days in length. In this traditional model, you get the benefit of my sunny personality in person. You also get to see and touch real samples of my work and ask me questions during a lecture. My lecture fee for a guild lecture in 2017 is $250 plus all travel expenses. Please contact me for workshop teaching rates as they are updated frequently.
2. Remote lecture or workshop
Lectures: I can delivery my lecture via a live-streamed video presentation (this is a pre-recorded video). If your guild would like a live Q&A via Skype or Facetime after the video presentation, that is available for an additional fee. Lectures are $75 and a Q&A session is $50. If your meeting is held in a place with poor internet service, please contact me for alternatives to live streaming. Live-streamed video will be hosted on Vimeo and I'll provide access information when we arrange a date for your showing.
Lectures I am delivering in this manner are Sand in my Shoes and Woven Color: James Koehler and tapestry weaving in the American Southwest (available fall 2017).
Workshops: I am offering my online tapestry classes at a significantly reduced rate to groups. Often these groups are guilds, but it could be a group of friends gathering to learn tapestry in your home or a local yarn shop. Students can work individually on the course from home or the content can be used in a meeting with everyone learning together. Live calls with Rebecca are available with this option as well. You can download that PDF by clicking one of the buttons below.
workshops currently offered in-person
Tapestry Answers: Is tapestry weaving for me?
Ever want to try tapestry weaving but weren’t sure you were really going to like it and didn’t want to buy new equipment until you were sure? In this one-day class we will explore all your basic questions about tapestry weaving. The morning presentation and discussion will be about tapestry weaving as a practice, what it entails, what looms work for tapestry, and warp and weft yarns to consider. We will look at examples of tapestries and talk about how to use this medium for creative expression. In the afternoon we will try some beginning tapestry techniques, look at ways to warp various looms, and learn why certain looms are great for this weave structure and others are not so good. This class is intended for people who have no experience with tapestry weaving. Rebecca will bring some small looms to borrow and a Mirrix you can try. If you have a portable loom of some kind, please bring it!
One day class. Could be expanded to 2 days with more weaving time.
Tapestry Basics: Laying a solid foundation
Learn the basics of tapestry technique with an emphasis on the structure of weft-faced weave and how it relates to creating a woven image. Students will complete a technique sampler they can refer to at home as well as begin working on how to incorporate concepts such as bubbling, splicing, joins, angles and craftsmanship and how to troubleshoot problems on their own. This class is for people who have never woven tapestry before or consider themselves beginners. It is also appropriate for people who have some experience with tapestry but want to review the fundamentals and clean up some bad habits. Longer versions of the class give a comprehensive experience with basic tapestry techniques.
This class is offered in three, four, or five day version. It can be presented as a two-week intensive with the intermediate tapestry techniques class described below or the Color Gradation Techniques class.
Technique and image: finding the match
This class presents more advanced tapestry techniques such as eccentric weaving and outlining, transparencies, pick and pick variations, and weft tension management. We will also talk about what is weave-able in tapestry and how to choose appropriate design elements for this medium. Questions such as "How do I create this effect?" lead us to ways to translate visual images or feelings desired in a design into actual tapestries. Students should have some familiarity with basic tapestry techniques and come to the workshop with a warped tapestry loom.
This class is offered in three, four, or five day versions. It can be presented as a two-week intensive with the Warp and Weft class described above.
Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry
Rebecca utilizes a lot of color gradation in her work. Being able to move color and use it effectively in different values is a great skill to have when working in contemporary tapestry. In this class we will learn different forms of hatching and hachure along with various methods of grading color in every direction. Color mixing techniques along with some color theory will be investigated. How to use these techniques in actual tapestries will be emphasized and in the longer class, a small tapestry may be started. Hand-dyed wool yarn in a large range of hues suitable for gradation will be provided.
This class offered in two, three, four, or five day format. Three to five days is recommended. This class can be presented in a two-week intensive with Predicting the Unpredictable: Color in Tapestry described below.
Predicting the Unpredictable: Color in tapestry
Yarn reflects light differently than paint does. The weft-faced weave of tapestry creates different effects than other kinds of weave structure. This class explores basic color theory as it applies to tapestry. We will experiment with various color combinations, practice mixing colors in the weft bundle, and discuss how color interacts and how best to create desired effects in the medium of tapestry. All of this is built upon a discussion of color theory. Through our exploration of color we will begin to learn to make intentional color choices that work for us.
This class is offered in three, four, or five day formats. This class can be presented in a two-week intensive with Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry described above.
The Mobile Tapestry Weaver: Weaving Tapestry on a Hokett Loom
Experience the joys of tapestry on a loom you can put in your shoulder bag and work on at the coffee shop. Some small-format weavers even use these looms as their primary piece of equipment. Jim Hokett hand-produces all of these beautiful little looms in his workshop in Magdalena, NM. I will present several ways to warp the loom including using two setts in the same piece and there will be a variety of weft yarns for you to experiment with. Bring your ideas and a sense of fun and we will make some great little projects! Purchase or rental of a Hokett loom recommended for the class. I will provide kits for sale, you can get them from Jim himself, or you can rent a loom from me for the day.
This class can be taught with the same basic ideas on a variety of small looms in which case I would change the title to reflect that.
This class is offered in a one-day format and could be expanded to two days. Kits are $50-$60 dependent on current pricing. Rebecca is usually able to offer some loaner looms, though not enough for a large class. Please make it clear if your venue needs this option as I’ll have to ship the looms in most cases.
Creating Without Pain: Ergonomics for Fiber Artists
In my first career as an occupational therapist I taught many people how to use appropriate body mechanics in their everyday lives. Now I apply that knowledge to fiber pursuits. This lecture reviews some basic anatomy and talks about body positioning, common injuries, and pain mechanisms for all kinds of fiber arts. How we treat our bodies is extremely important if we are to pursue our art and crafts for many years to come. I include a discussion about best practices for maintaining your most important tool including stretches, proper lighting and positioning, and when and how to take breaks.
This lecture is offered in a 3-hour format. It can be presented in a 1.5 hour format, but the longer format is recommended.
Sand in My Shoes
I grew up in Gallup, NM surrounded by many different cultures. I was exposed to traditional European style weaving by my paternal grandparents, I watched the Navajo weavers around the reservation make amazing things on looms often made out of 2 x 4s, and later I learned the Hispanic tapestry traditions. This lecture discusses my tapestry journey from the little girl sewing dolls to professional tapestry weaver. I bring completed tapestries when able and am happy to answer questions about my work.
This lecture is 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period and showing of a few of my tapestries.
Woven Color: James Koehler and tapestry weaving in the American Southwest
James Koehler was an influential tapestry weaver in the American Southwest in the 90's and 00's. He passed away unexpectedly at 58 years of age in 2011. I was his student and then apprentice for 6 years. This lecture talks about his history, his work, and how he influenced many of the tapestry artists working in the Southwestern USA today.
45 minutes, available fall 2017
Instructor bio and images
When she wasn’t digging in the sand in her backyard in New Mexico, Rebecca Mezoff grew up making dolls out of her dad’s old socks. Now she makes large-format tapestries and is often found weaving in her pajamas which she affectionately calls her “home pants”. She also creates courses she teaches online and occasionally she leaves the studio to teach weavers in the real world about color and technique in tapestry. You can find out more about her on her website and blog at http://www.rebeccamezoff.com.
Rebecca’s work can be found in numerous public and private collections. She does work on commission and is currently under contract for two large commissions for private homes. She started her tapestry career as the apprentice of the late master tapestry artist, James Koehler. She has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Handweaver’s Guild of America’s Convergence, Interweave’s Yarn Fest, and for many small conferences and guilds. She also runs her own tapestry masterclass retreats several times a year. She has written articles for Fiber Art Now, Tapestry Weaver, Spin Off, and Tapestry Topics and every New Years she considers writing a book proposal.