Weaving tapestry is a wonderful way to explore your innate creativity while working with that most versatile and luscious material, yarn. Weaving images with yarn is a wonderful way to tap into the inner artist that exists inside you.
Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms is an online class that shows you how to warp and weave on small pegged or slotted looms. I also include a video about warping copper pipe looms and resources about how to make them.
This class teaches you about different small looms and how to warp them. We go over how to make headers and the basics of making the shapes all woven images are composed of. We look at different projects and I offer inspiration from small-format tapestry weavers. You can see the entire course contents below. If you have questions, please do contact me!
This course addresses tapestry weaving from a traditional techniques perspective. Our goal is to make images in weaving, constructing the ground cloth as we weave the image. Tapestry weaving has existed for tens of thousands of years and there are some basic rules that are important when constructing a textile in this way. I'll teach you the foundations of tapestry weaving and get you started on a life-long exploration of expression through yarn.
And if you've already flown down the tapestry rabbit-hole, please do still join us for this class. There is much for even an intermediate tapestry weaver to experience here.
These are the steps included in the course. READ steps include printable handouts. WATCH steps are videos. Numbers in parenthesis are times of the videos.
READ How the course works
WATCH Tour of the course (13:17)
To-Do Class Community
READ Materials list
READ Tapestry terminology
WATCH Little looms introductory video (3:35)
READ Yarn sources
READ Video index
Meet the looms
READ Looms and tools
WATCH About little looms, tools, and materials (12:13)
WATCH Making a copper pipe loom (14:19 + extra for 16:09)
Warping little looms
Introduction to warping
READ Introduction to warping handout
WATCH Warping introduction (8:38)
WATCH The half-hitch header and its many uses (9:12)
Warping specific looms
READ Warping various looms
WATCH Warping pegged looms (8:37)
WATCH Warping slotted looms like the Hokett (15:57)
WATCH Warping a copper pipe loom (12:12)
How to start your weaving: headers
Why pick a particular header?
WATCH How weaving works (4:54)
WATCH Choosing a header (5:30)
Ways to make headers on little looms
READ All the headers
READ So you want a fast start?
WATCH Headers: My regular header with hem (25:53 + extra for 34:05)
WATCH Headers: Using half-hitches you will see (9:51)
WATCH Headers: The invisible header (5:17)
WATCH Headers: Other simple header options (13:55)
Weaving a tapestry
READ Technique basics
WATCH Bubbling and weft tension (9:51)
WATCH Meet and separate (12:22)
WATCH Making basic shapes: squares and rectangles (17:52)
WATCH Making basic shapes: diagonals (13:10)
WATCH Making basic shapes: curves (18:28)
Projects to weave
READ Weaving projects and designs
WATCH Some ideas from small format weavers (8:59)
WATCH Intro to weaving projects: some basic ideas (5:14)
WATCH Weaving projects: Landscapes, people, and letters! (11:41)
How to end your weaving: finishing
Taking the piece off the loom
READ Finishing and mounting
WATCH Finishing (22:39)
WATCH Mounting small tapestries (20:09)
Let's see what you made!
SUBMIT Your finished piece
READ Further tapestry resources
READ Recommended reading
WATCH Conclusion (1:32)
WATCH Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry (3:14)
The Answer Vault
This section contains surprise bonuses and trainings. You'll see them when you register!
This video was made in November 2017, thus the holiday theme. It shows a small slice of the work that was done in this course during the first year it was live.
There is so much more to do! Come and weave with me and join the online community if you wish. (Please understand that community participation is completely optional. I'm talking to you extreme introverts out there! I know you. I'm one too.)
Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms is $129. That includes forever access and the secret Facebook group where you can ask questions of me and interact with hundreds of other weavers also in my online classes. Please contact me with any questions HERE.
What materials do I need for the class?
You can download a materials list for the class right HERE.
I discuss the tools and materials at the beginning of the class, so you'll get lots of detail once you register. If you aren't understanding the terms on that materials list, that is completely okay! I explain it in the class. If you do understand the jargon, order away!
Help! I have registered but I can't find the class!
The class is hosted on a platform called Pathwright. One easy way to get there is to click on any registration button on my website or to go HERE. I suggest bookmarking that page on your computer. This PDF shows some screen shots of how to sign in after you've registered. Click HERE for the PDF.
I have never woven tapestry before. Can I take this class?
Yes! you're in good company. I show you how weaving works and what the most important concepts you need to know are. This is not a comprehensive techniques class. If you want to know all the fundamentals of tapestry weaving, you'll want my Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry class. In fact, the two classes compliment each other nicely if I do say so myself.
I have woven a lot of tapestry, but I struggle with how to manage my Hokett loom. Will this class work for me?
Yes! There are four videos about different ways to make headers in the class as well as warping videos for three types of little looms. You'll learn how to make a header that works with the sort of final presentation you want for your piece and I'll show you one great way to mount small tapestries at the end of the course. If you're an experienced tapestry weaver, some of the technique content will be unnecessary, but the tips for managing these looms make the course well worth your time.
Will I be able to communicate with others in the class?
Yes! For many people, shared learning is important. Not only can you ask your classmates questions in the course, but you will get an invitation to a private Facebook group for all of my online students. This is a great place to see what people in other courses are doing and to learn more about tapestry in general. This Facebook group is not required of course. All course-related interaction happens right in the Pathwright platform.
Can I see some work that students in the class have made?
You sure can! Please visit THIS Pinterest board for student work. You can also find a few videos of student work on the REVIEWS page of my website. And HERE is a video with student work specifically from this class.
Can I ask you questions if I don't understand something?
This is basically a self-directed course. I encourage you to ask questions and your fellow students can give you their thoughts. There are discussion areas on every page of the course. I may jump in from time to time, but I can't commit to answering every question for this class. If you would like to learn all the fundamentals of tapestry weaving and have me always available for questions, please consider my Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry class. The reason that class is more expensive besides the fact that it has much more information than this one, is that I am always there to help you out.
You can join my private Facebook page for my online classes and I do FB Live Q&As in that group every month. You can watch the videos later if you're not able to catch the live broadcast.
Is there a community forum for this class?
I have a private Facebook page for all of my online students to communicate with each other. If you register for this class, you can join the Facebook group. Once you register, you'll find a spot in the class to indicate that you want to be added to the Facebook group. This is entirely optional. You do have to have a Facebook account to join. In October of 2017, the Facebook group had almost 500 members which allows for great interaction and lots of feedback from other students and myself.
What have people been making in the class?
I have started a Pinterest page with images of class work. You can see that HERE. Pinterest is an image and link sharing platform and you do not have to have an account to view my images (which are called "pins" on Pinterest).
Are there specific dates for the class?
No. Once you register you can start the class immediately and you can take the class at your own speed. All the information is presented at once and available as soon as you register. There are videos to watch and handouts to read. You can ask questions and communicate with your fellow classmates and me. But the timing is entirely up to you.
Is there a self-directed version of this class?
My comprehensive courses do have self-directed and thus less-expensive versions. This class is already such a bargain, there is no self-directed version.
Is the content downloadable?
Yes and no. The videos are not downloadable. But the handouts contain all the diagrams and many images from the videos and they are downloadable. I will be adding video transcripts in the near future which will be downloadable. There is also a video index so you can return to a specific video and find that piece of content you want to see again.
How long do I have access to the material?
This is a "forever" course. Once you are in, you can access the material for as long as I am teaching online.
I have dial-up internet. Can I take your course?
No. In order to take this class, you have to be able to stream video. If you can watch standard YouTube videos, you will be fine. Cable, DSL, or any sort of broadband internet will work.
I want to make my own loom, is that okay?
Of course! I go over how to warp a copper pipe loom in this course. But if you don't want to even go that far, you could use a picture frame and warp it just the way a copper pipe loom is warped. I want you to start weaving, and you don't have to have an expensive piece of equipment to do that.
Can I get a refund if I decide I don't like tapestry weaving?
I don't refund my online classes. Please ask as many questions as you need to before you register. Contact me. But you're going to love it!
I'm not that good with technology and I'm worried I won't be able manage the computer part of it.
The course is hosted on a platform called Pathwright. It is set up in a linear fashion and is quite intuitive. I have had many people take my online courses who had very little computer experience. They have all done great (you can hear from some of them HERE). There is a short tour video at the beginning of the course to show you how to navigate as well as some information sheets showing you where all the buttons are. And you can always email me if you get stuck!
A special love note for those of you who don't like to update your computer equipment.
Please do look at how recently you have updated your computer. If you're running an operating system that is older than 3-4 years, you may have problems. Updating is important to keep everything running. The course is based on the internet (it isn't downloaded), so your equipment has to be able to understand what today's software is telling it. Please update. I know it is scary for some of you, but if you can't do it yourself, please find a computer person who can do it for you. Everything in your internet world will work better.
I'd love to know what other people think about your online courses before I buy.
Of course you do! I would too. Here are some reviews as well as videos of work my students have done in other online courses.
Have further questions?
Blog posts/reviews of the Little Looms class
Another Small Tapestry Loom on Warped for Good blog