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Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry

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Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry. A class in three parts.

Join me for a three-part tapestry techniques class. The course is created for people who are either new to tapestry weaving or have some experience but need a solid review of the foundational techniques. It allows you to work at your own pace from home while having your own private instructor (that's me!) at hand to teach you the techniques, help you troubleshoot problems, and work with you to develop your own ideas in this expressive fiber medium. Students love the flexibility of learning when they have time and receiving feedback right when they need it. For some students, the interaction and learning that comes between students is also a great learning tool.

There are several different ways you can take the class:

  • Part 1, Part 2, Part 3: each part separately taught by me allowing you to register for one part at a time
  • All-Three-In-One: access to everything immediately allowing you to move as quickly through the material as you want and costing a bit less than registering for the parts separately
  • Self-Directed: the same all-three parts version but you get no interaction or feedback from me as an instructor and with this version you can start the material immediately upon registration

The class is hosted on an online platform that is intuitive and easy to follow. It contains many videos, printable handouts, and discussion sections. I do intensive moderation and teaching throughout each part so you can get a handle on these techniques, celebrate your successes, and learn from myself and the class in general. Please visit the Facts and Questions page for much more information about this course. I look forward to meeting you in the virtual classroom!

One note about the registration page on Pathwright.
The start date on this page indicates a date in the past. This is because there is material that is available right from the moment you register. The start date shown there is the date I opened the class for registration. Just make sure you are registering for the correct part (1, 2, or 3, the All-Three-In-One version, or Self-Directed and you'll be fine. Contact me with questions.)

Make sure you watch the videos below to get an idea of what you'll be learning!

You can register and start today!

I no longer have start dates for any of my online classes. All of them are open for registration right now. Click the black Registration button below for more information about all versions.

You can take the class in these ways:

  • Each part separately: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
  • All-in-One: Take Parts 1, 2, and 3 as one class with instruction
  • Self-Directed: Take Parts 1, 2, and 3 as one class without instruction


Each part individually

Parts 1, 2, and 3 as one class
with instruction

Self-directed, Parts 1, 2, and 3
NO instructor interaction


The diagram below may help you decide which version of the Warp and Weft class to take. The other courses referenced (Intro to Tapestry and The Mobile Tapestry Weaver) are currently only offered in in-person workshops but will be online sometime in 2016. One further benefit to the Self-Directed version that this diagram doesn't discuss is that you can start that class today (or any day!).

Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry, Part 1:
Video titles and lengths... so you can get a better idea of the content of the class!

Introduction to Rebecca     6:23
Navigating the Workshop     9:15
Tapestry Tools     10:30  
The Sounds of Tapestry Bobbins     8:20
Warping your Mirrix Loom     19:04
Warping a Floor Loom     21:03
Making a half-hitch knot when warping  2:22
The Very Beginning     12:55
Explaining the Structure of Tapestry     5:29
Weaving the Header     12:06
Bubbling and Beating     13:20
Making consistent bubbles     5:13
Splicing     5:09
Splicing a yarn with more than 2 plys     4:50
Making Butterflies     3:45
When Butterflies go BAD!     1:17
Meet and Separate     13:23
Ways to do soumak in the header    12:35
Troubleshooting butterflies in the wrong direction     11:05
Meet and Separate RESET     4:42
Weaving Slits     18:32
Irregular Hatching     20:28
Troubleshooting Adding Butterflies 9:37
Regular Hatching     33:54
Regular Hatching from the Front     9:15
Keep Weaving, Let's Practice!     2:02  

The videos below contains images of a few of the many projects woven by students in 2014!

Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry, Part 2
Video titles and lengths

Introduction to Rebecca    6:23
Navigating the Workshop     9:15
Tapestry Tools and warping videos as in Part 1
Pigtails     9:00
Joins: Sewing Slits     13:53
Intro to Interlocks     1:32
James Koehler Interlock     8:28
Weft Interlocks     22:33
Dovetails     13:59
Introduction to Angles     13:07
Angles Challenge     11:17
Chevrons     9:38
Pick and Pick     28:53
Split Weft and Floating Bars     24:39
Swivel technique     7:55
Making dots in tapestry: demi-duites     8:54
Swivel Technique     7:55
Tapestry examples of these techniques
What do I do with the rest of my warp?     6:33
Part 2: Keep weaving     3:47

Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry, Part 3
Video titles (lengths coming!)

Introductory material as in other two parts
Weaving curves, basic     18:15
Cartoon basics     13:12
Weaving the first cartoon     47:19
Shape order in weaving     3:26
Eccentric Weft -- Shape Building     26:43
Meet and Separate with a variety of shapes     34:55
Building up shapes: blocks and angles     13:55
Straight diagonals     15:00
How do I fix the sinking fell line?     7:24
How to fix a weft float     6:57
Weft Tension     11:50
Warp Spacing and Weft Tension     5:30
Troubleshooting ridges     5:27
Warp tension issues     4:43
Holy Toledo! I cut a warp!     13:35
Designing something you can actually weave     10:39
A short review of the top header     7:03
Cutting off a new tapestry     3:16
Finishing your tapestry     31:46
Mounting and hanging tapestries     7:08
Tapestry examples of Part 3 techniques
Keep Practicing, what else?     2:14
The practice of tapestry weaving     2:14
Conclusion     3:28

Once you register for the class there is a video you can watch which details what materials you will need. Here is a PDF you can look at now to give you an idea. CLICK HERE