Many hundreds of students have now taken my online courses.
Below are some of their words about their experience as well as videos and photos of their work.
Trust that what you need to see will come forward out of this long list.
I am grateful for every one of these hard-working people.
It is a joy to see their work and hear their voices every day.
...I began to think I could learn something from tapestry and tapestry weavers and contacted a few friends who are experts in tapestry. It seemed like everyone kept pointing me to Rebecca Mezoff and her online tapestry courses... What works for me, besides the fact that she has made professional videos that are in focus, clear to follow, and funny, is that these are self-directed courses.... you work at your own speed, whenever you want, and you can ask as many questions as you want.... What I was totally unprepared for was my reaction to doing tapestry. I was completely mesmerized and engaged and loved it.
--Bhakti Ziek on her blog. Read the entire post HERE.
And a few months later, Annette wrote this:
[Your course] has motivated me to actually weave in a way that none of the books I have bought over the years have done. Your course is well-organized and filled with important and inspiring information. The videos are terrific. It is so helpful to be able to watch them over and over, hopefully absorbing some of your good weaving habits. Your response time is great, and your feedback is always enthusiastic and helpful.
--Nancy Nordquist, Woodlands, TX
Tapestry is FUN... especially when you have a teacher! ...I had heard about Rebecca Mezoff and her online classes, but I was a tad skeptical. How was THAT going to work out??? ...I have to say it was the BEST decision! I am SO EXCITED!
--Sierra of Dakota Designs on her blog. You can read the whole post HERE.
I am thrilled by how much I am learning in your online class. The outline format shows a well-organized progression; the written material is clear and pertinent; and your videos are just great: informative, well-presented, and personable - and they sometimes have me laughing in the aisle, which can help at times!
--Liz Johnson, Freeport, ME
I really don't think I've ever had so much fun learning how to weave. You are always right there to answer our questions and discuss any problem we might have and you will keep at it until we get it. I love this format, not only because I can sit at my loom any time night or day, but I don't feel like I'm holding others up like in a workshop. Having videos and PDFs is a real plus. Sometimes it just doesn't sink in when I read it, but then I look at the video and I get it. Or the other way around.
--Michele Dixon, Seguin, TX
And here is what Michele had to say at a later date about the Color Gradation Techniques course:
Rebecca, I have to say, you have outdone yourself with this online course. I absolutely love being able to put notes up on the videos, etc. It will help me when I want to go back to a certain video to watch something that was special to me. However, I think the most incredibly awesome thing is the video index of the complete course in pdf form. I have printed it out and I'm using it to go watch certain aspects of this course that are important to me before I start actually weaving. This course is going to change my way of weaving tapestry and hopefully I'll become a better tapestry weaver for it. Thank you again for all the hard work you have put into this.
--Michele Dixon, Seguin, TX
I became intrigued with tapestry after seeing the work of one of my guild members. It was a small tapestry of a black cat walking away down a path. It was striking and memorable. I did a few samplers and looked unsuccessfully for local workshops... Rebecca Mezoff has a variety of classes and I have jumped in with both feet. I love the way Rebecca has structured these classes....
--Michiele on her blog, Knit on Regardless. You can see the whole post HERE.
My only hesitation about taking this class was my lack of intuitiveness when it comes to technology. Technology things that seem obvious to younger people are never obvious to me. If I can make something difficult, I usually find a way. I found the Pathwright platform to be simple and easy to use.
Mostly, I appreciated the level of instruction. I feel I was taken seriously even though my work is pretty rudimentary for now. I wanted instruction from a serious tapestry artist rather than a "craft" perspective. I feel like I got all the extra bits and pieces of information I am looking for. Also, my questions/comments were addressed very promptly and with a positive attitude.
--Vicky Standley, Georgia
Hi Rebecca, I thank you out of the bottom of my heart that you had the patience for me to complete this course. I have already great ideas... The course is really easy to follow from start to finish. You must have put so many hours in. Thank you for all you do.
--Ineke Dusseljee, Hungary
Rebecca-I am a shoot-from-the-hip kind of person. I am aware you don't know me, but trust me when I say "I tell it like it is". I love the workshop "Color Gradation". It is the boost I need to get going. I may have forgotten some things from 20 years ago, but I will slap my forehead and say "Duh!" several times as I watch the video... I am leaning into the computer, absorbing the bits and things I need, and I am concentrating on everything. You did a beyond amazing job on the presentation and the examples and well-EVERYTHING! ...You did a wonderful job. Thanks for doing this. This is the class I needed.
--Cozy Knitting comment on my blog about the online course, Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry
It takes a lot of work to develop an online class and this is a great one. Some artists feel they are giving away their talent but it appears Rebecca wants to facilitate us in learning from her years as a tapestry artist. I hope she will continue to produce more tapestry topics in the future.
--Victoria Moore, Birmingham, AL
Rebecca's online class absolutely exceeded my expectations. I certainly expected it to be terrific because I already knew Rebecca Mezoff as a top notch Tapestry Artist and Teacher. But this online format lends itself perfectly to moving through the instructional material at the pace most suited to the individual student. Thus, one is only bound by one's own understanding and never by a predetermined pace or workshop day. In addition, help from the instructor is never more than a click away. The carefully presented video lessons can be watched as many times as desired, to learn the material well, to catch every little detail or to review, and the printed lessons summarize and remind. In short, this is the perfect class for anyone interested in learning to create tapestries or simply in creating a solid foundation for their skills. --Ute Conly, Loveland, CO
Have to admit that I was a little nervous about online learning but I am hooked into your classes. I love being able to work at my pace….sometimes a few minutes in a day, or sometimes, most of the day. This was is an advantage to me and I don’t feel the ‘sensory overload’ that I get when taking a 3-day workshop.
--Sue S, participant in both Warp and Weft and Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry
Rebecca there is a challenge I have found with your online class!
I want more of your videos, more of your downloads, more of learning at my own pace, more enjoying the journey and not wanting it to end! Yes, I know there two more parts.......but then what????
You are very gifted at teaching your craft and allowing your students the freedom to learn under your watchful eyes. Please consider adding more classes in the future. I want, no make that NEED more...........to continue my journey.
--Susan, Part 1 student, May 2014 in blog comment
Of course I would recommend this course to others. Rebecca's videos were clear and easy to understand. I was able to complete projects with no difficulty in spite of my complete lack of experience. Her feedback was helpful and FAST.
[I liked] Rebecca's funny, warm and engaging personality coupled with solid teaching of valuable skills. Being able to review the videos multiple times was awesome, as was being able to download the handouts for future reference. [There was] great follow-up and support from Rebecca as well as the chance to "meet" others learning to weave and compare notes. It has consumed way more of my time than I anticipated however it is also much more FUN than I anticipated.... well worth the cost (and even more, frankly)... Also, Rebecca's availability has been awesome.
--Summer Larson, Santa Rosa, CA
I loved this course! Rebecca's thoughtful consideration for her students comes through in all of the videos, written materials, and discussion areas. Her videos are very thorough and she often shows techniques from several different angles. They also include pop-up illustrations and examples from Rebecca's own work. The PDFs that you can download also contain a large amount of additional information about techniques, materials, etc. There is so much content crammed into a very easy to navigate framework! Yet, the best part of the course is the discussion areas where I was able to post questions for Rebecca to answer as well as photos of my weaving as I progressed through the course. Rebecca's feedback was invaluable and is what sets this course apart from self-study online tapestry instruction. I felt like I was there in the studio with her. Highly recommended!
--Gina Pruette, Santa Fe, NM
Dawn MacFall about her experience partway through Part 1 after trying to learn tapestry in other ways:
I'm about 12" into the sampler, spending most of last week reading Rebecca's handouts, watching and re-watching her videos and asking questions. AND WEAVING! I question what made all the difference this time around. I truly believe it has to do with having her right there with us "online." She has been so responsive to questions, her videos are actually fun to watch as she adds her fun personality to them which keeps me from drifting off and getting bored. The videos are also just the right length -- not too long -- not too short. She demonstrates precisely the technique being taught. The camera work and close-ups are taken professionally making them easy to see and to follow. I actually understand WHY things need to be done for certain techniques. This class now has me thinking and designing in my head and understanding the path it will take to achieve those designs.
--Dawn MacFall, Macfiberfall studio, Pine River, WI
I'm really having a wonderful experience with this format!
Everything about this class is superb.
It is perfect for allowing me to take the time to really learn tapestry at my own pace.
Thank you again for providing this opportunity to learn from you. It is a dream come true and a check off my "bucket list".
--Sue Murray, Lancaster, PA
I am sad it is the last day of our three-part courses, Rebecca. Even if there was a day I could not get to my tapestry weaving, I always knew the classes were there waiting for me and you were available if I had questions.
Thank you very very much for all the effort you put into making these three courses fun, educational, and so substantial. The courses are well worth the tuition you charge and I only hope you feel satisfied with what you have accomplished with this effort. You are one of my heroes....
--Patricia Jordan, San Jose, CA
[Rebecca's note: Classes had an end date when Patricia first started, but now they are forever access and she continues to use the material in her new studio with her new Leclerc tapestry loom.]
I like the videos, the printable lessons, and the generous responses to all my questions and calls for help. I find myself accessing the videos whenever I have a problem or lack of understanding. It is so easy to find the information I want with the lessons divided into such organized concepts. Rebecca's responses to my questions have been generous and completely on target. I also appreciate the encouragement she has given me, it means so much.
[I liked] primarily the whole learning process. Organized and accessible 24/7 and paced by me. The open forum is great. Rebecca's videos are so easy to follow and efficiently presented. Her PDF printouts are a book. And of course, Rebecca's immediate attention to all problems and questions. Very satisfying experience and I think when I'm finished with Part 3 in a few weeks, I will finally have learned what I have been wanting to know for years. (I also enjoy Rebecca's sense of humor.... she has a 104-year-old dog. And where else can I go to school in my bathrobe... or late at night when I can't sleep?)
--Dea Savitsky, Claremont, CA
Pathwright is so good and has an easy learning curve. I am not very computer saavy and had no problems using it on my iPad.
--Susan, Lancaster, PA
[What I liked best about the class was] Rebecca's kindness, her sincere desire to pass on her knowledge, to keep tapestry alive. The videos and PDFs are excellent and Rebecca's response to questions and concerns are spot on. I will Highly recommend this class to others.
I like how you continued to update the videos or handouts in response to specific questions people had and also posted other people's ideas. It makes the class feel like a "real" class rather than a virtual one. Your prompt feedback is also extremely valuable and made me feel like I was in a class.
I am so glad I took this class. I really feel like I am gaining a solid foundation for what I hope will be years of tapestry weaving.
--Julie, Orinda, CA
I liked the organization of the class and the combination of video and printed material, along with Rebecca's timely responses to questions and concerns. I thought the pacing was great, and enjoyed the opportunity to share with fellow classmates. Most of all, I thought the material was comprehensive for a first-level class of limited duration, well presented and well supported by Rebecca. It was really fun to weave along with the examples presented, and devise our own final projects based on the material in the class.
This is a great opportunity to learn how to weave tapestry in a flexible, self-directed manner from a real expert. Rebecca is a warm, friendly, and skilled teacher who works very hard to ensure that her students enjoy a successful learning experience.
I am so glad I took this class! I can't believe how much I learned in such a short time, at home and at my own pace. I can't wait to take more classes with Rebecca.
--Cynthia Amidon, Hancock, NH
Rebecca is an excellent teacher. She is able to see what is helpful for beginners to understand and presents the material in a nice sequential way.
It was particularly helpful to see several minutes of weaving on the videos and feel the rhythm of the weaving. I became more comfortable with shoving my hand in the shed because I had seen in the video that it wouldn't harm anything. I did enjoy the "out takes".
--Pam Mullen, Kirkland, WA
I love that [the course] is online and I can go back over sections as many times as I need. I also like that it can be done according to my own schedule. I have not found any classes close enough to me that would be even near as complete as yours.
I really liked the class. I have been reading about tapestry and trying techniques as they were described in the book. Rebecca confirmed what I thought I knew and taught me much more. I also liked that she left it up to the students to design the layout of the sampler. That allowed us to determine how much of each technique we needed to practice.
The videos and your instruction were very good. I liked that if a question was raised and you thought a video would be helpful, then you recorded one. The class wasn't static.