• Absolute Beginners
  • Fibre Arts

Learn how to build, set up and hand weave a sample tapestry on a frame loom. Over the course of this ONLINE workshop, students will learn weaving terminology, how to build a frame loom using common artist and gallery stretcher bars, how to construct a warp and shed, various tapestry weaving techniques of plain weave, slit tapestry, hatching, shape building and knotting. How to cut your weaving off your loom and various finishing techniques.  


4 weeks: Tuition: $195

TSA will deliver this course using ZOOM. Prior to the course session, you will receive an invitation for the session(s) via email. You'll need a laptop, desktop or tablet, internet connection with good bandwidth and headset (either wired or wireless). We recommend that you set up a free ZOOM account and be familiar with ZOOM prior to the class beginning.  Here is a link to help you get started: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/20010169

Notes: Toronto based artist Stephanie Fortin uses textile techniques of natural dyeing, weaving, piecing, clamping, wrapping and stitching to explore various ideas around process and colour. Creating both functional and non functional work in art, craft and design. Stephanie trained in interpretive illustration at Sheridan College and completed an interdisciplinary BFA with a focus in textiles and art history at NSCAD University. Fortin held a full time artist-in-residence position at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON) and Akin + Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto (MOCA), was a member of The Contemporary Textile Studio Coop (Toronto, ON). Fortin has exhibited work in Canada, The United States and China, she currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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What you will learn

  • Evolve an understanding of the processes in frame loom tapestry weaving  
  • Develop knowledge in building a frame loom and setting up a warp  
  • Use shape-building and colour blending techniques  
  • Learn through constructive and collaborative group discussions and critiques  

Materials to Bring

Please keep your reciepts for all purchases in case you need to return items

MATERIALS  

  • Frame - 4 canvas stretcher bars - 2 x 12” and 2 x 16” - to create a 12” x 16” frame (https://www.deserres.ca/en/apfreg)  
  • A Dowel - 3/8” or 1/4” cut dowel to 8” long (https://www.deserres.ca/en/hb-balsa-rd)  
  • Warp Material and Weft Material - 2 skeins of 2 ply wool - one in white or natural, one in any colour of your choice Suggested brand: Briggs and Little (www.romniwools.com) 
  • A Dinner Fork or Tapestry Beater - A fork works great, or you can purchase a beater such as: https://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/weave/tapestry.htm#1  
  • Chopstick or Tapestry Bobbin - A wooden chopstick works well or you can purchase a bobbin such as: https://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/weave/tapestry.htm#3  
  • Tapestry Needle - you may still partake in the class without this needle and can purchase to finish ends at a later date
  • Pencil and Paper - for designing, sketching, and keeping notes.  
  • Ruler or measuring tape  
  • Additional yarns you may have laying around to experiment with 

Optional Materials  

  • Seine Twine - You may wish to purchase seine twine in #9 for your warp instead of using wool  https://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/knit/seinetwine.htm
  • Wood glue - to glue your frame pieces together, so they are strong and won't come apart during weaving  
  • First Aid tape for fingers: when lifting warp yarns during weaving, fingers may become sensitive.  
 
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