Tapestry Instruction: Mentoring Program
Silvia Heyden, "Crescendo in Mixed Threads" 2012, 36" x 43"

Silvia Heyden, “Crescendo in Mixed Threads” 2012, 36″ x 43″

ATA’s Mentoring Program is an opportunity for tapestry weavers to share their knowledge. Mentors and mentees are matched on the basis of the area of study that the mentee wishes to pursue. The Mentoring Program is meant for both beginning and more experienced weavers. The  areas of study below are a general guide. The mentee must be an ATA Circle member. Membership information.

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Student’s Responsibilities

  • A six-month time commitment (could be extended by mutual agreement);
  • Define the area of study;
  • Prepare a list of realistic goals and objectives to complete in six months;
  • Describe any finished project that you hope to complete;
  • Propose a timetable for submitting samples, drawings, etc.;
  • Pay for any expenses incurred during the program; and
  • Submit a final report to the ATA Mentoring Committee.

Mentor’s Responsibilities

  • A six-month time commitment (could be extended by mutual agreement);
  • Help the student set realistic goals for this six-month time frame;
  • Provide direction, support and expertise as the student requires;
  • Recommend additional sources for information and tapestry workshops;
  • Evaluate progress during the course of study by critique; and
  • Submit a final report to the ATA Mentoring Committee.

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Becky Powell, "Bog Road Reflections," 2012, 28" x 34"

Becky Powell, “Bog Road Reflections,” 2012, 28″ x 34″

The Basics of Tapestry Weaving

An experienced tapestry weaver guides and mentors the student during a six-month instructional period. Students are expected to be self-motivated and dedicated in their selected study focus area. The student provides supplies and yarn along with covering incidental expenses. Before seeking a mentor you should have had some experience with tapestry so that you will be able ask for help in specific areas. Books and YouTube videos can offer instruction for a small project or two.

  • Warping a Tapestry Loom
  • Yarn Selection
  • Basic Tapestry Techniques
  • Beginning Cartoon Development

To apply, or for more information, contact Terri Stewart, Program Chair, at tksweaver@verizon.net

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 Rebecca Mezoff, "Emergence II," 2010, 44" x 44"

Rebecca Mezoff, “Emergence II,” 2010, 44″ x 44″

Intermediate/Advanced Tapestry Weaving

An experienced tapestry weaver guides and mentors the student during a six to twelve month instructional period.  Students are expected to be self-motivated and dedicated in their selected study focus area. The student provides supplies and yarn along with covering incidental expenses. Each student selects one or more focus areas from the following categories:

  • Advanced Tapestry Techniques
    • Angles
    • Color Gradation
    • Color Mixing for Visual Effect
    • Eccentric Wefts and Curves
    • Hachure and Hatching
    • Inlay and Circles
    • Soumak
  • Cartoon Development
    • Applying Art Principles
    • Creating Artistic Tapestries
    • Full Scale Cartoons
    • Basic Drawing/Water Colors/Color Theory
  • Color and Design Principles
    • Optical Effects of Colors
    • Perspective and Form Perception
    • Principles of Color and Application in Tapestry
    • Proportional Harmony
  • Tapestry:  A Modern Perspective
    • Computerized Design Programs
    • Modern Designers and Weavers
    • Southwest American Weaving
    • 3-D and Multidimensional Effects
  • Tapestry Finishing Techniques
    • Framing, Visual Presentation and Photography
    • Twining and Building a Base, Slits, Hems and Steaming
  • Tapestry Yarn Considerations
    • Custom Dyeing
    • Combining Different Wefts in a Bundle
    • Warp and Weft Options (Yarn Selection)
  • Other Personalized Study Area

To apply, or for more information, contact Terri Stewart, Program Chair, at tksweaver@verizon.net

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ATA’s Mentoring Program is available because ATA members graciously volunteer their time to help others improve their tapestry weaving skills.  We expect mentors and mentees to be respectful of  time commitments and mutually agreed upon milestones and program deliverables. Any participant not honoring his or her commitments may lose a future opportunity to participate in ATA’s Mentoring Program.

 

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