WORKSHOP Tapestry Weaving

by - Monday, April 15, 2013

Registration Opens June 24 at 10am

2013 Maiwa Textile Symposium
Elaine Duncan

$350 includes 40 lab fee
October 7-10, 2013 - Class Limit 12
Maiwa Loft: Above the Net Loft, Granville Is. Vancouver BC

This course will explore the weave structures and design elements used by cultures throughout the world to create pattern and imagery. Students will learn to build on basic universal techniques to create both geometric and figurative work.

Using portable copper-pipe looms and wool yarns dyed with natural dyes, each student will explore slit and weft interlock techniques to build shapes (squares, triangles, diamonds), to outline, and to shade and mix colours. Short talks and image presentations will inform students of the methods still used for handweaving rugs and dyeing with natural dyes.

Learn to weave tapestry or advance your current skills. Copper-pipe looms will be supplied for use in class, or students may use their own portable tapestry loom. Warp and weft materials as well as loom plans will be supplied.

Instructor Bio

Elaine Duncan obtained her Master of Science degree in textiles at Oregon State University. Raised in Nanaimo, she moved to Nanoose in 1975 and began the Nanoose Weavers Guild. Elaine has been weaving since 1969 and has been teaching weaving since 1975. For the past 17 years, Elaine has been intrigued with tapestry weaving. She has studied with Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie in Mexico and the United States as well as with Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei in Canada and the United States. Other teachers have included Barbara Heller, Sarah Swett, James Koehler, and Grete Bodegard. 

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