Tapestry Instructors

This Roster lists ATA members who are teachers in a variety of contexts. Please contact them directly if you have questions about a program of study. If you are an ATA member and teacher, and would like to be included in this listing, please submit your information on  our online form: http://americantapestryalliance.org/tapestry-instructors-listing/

(1) = Workshop leader who travels
(2) = Instruction in the artist’s studio
(3) =Teaches at University or another facility

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Program Information: http://www.swtafe.vic.edu.au/courses/info/1100

Valerie Kirk Valerie.Kirk@anu.edu.au



Elaine Duncan (1,2) elaine@elaineduncan.com

Jane Kidd (1) janekidd@telus.net

Janna Maria Vallee (1,2) jannamariavallee@gmail.com, http://www.jannamaria.com, http://www.everleatextiles.com

“I create minimalist designs using traditional french tapestry techniques. I enjoy creative tension I as weave, which for me means not knowing what comes next. So, I usually begin with an image in mind and usually change it, sometimes drastically, as I weave.” Download Janna’s resume. Read more about Janna’s classes.


Line Dufour linedufour.tapestry@gmail.com
Download a pdf to read more about Line Dufour’s classes. Download Line Dufour’s resume. http://www.tapestryline.com

Juana Sleizer (1) mardis@rogers.com
Students will learn the basics of Tapestry Weaving in a playful environment.  Results will be surprising.  They will experiment with unusual materials to create colourful textures and shapes while listening to music to help inspiration. http://tapestryworld.blogspot.com/

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Janet Clark (1,2) janet.clark2@gmail.com
Download a pdf to read more about Janet Clark’s classes. http://www.janetclark.co.uk

West Dean College, Tapestry and Textile Art programme


Frances Crowe (1,2) francrowe@eircom.net
Download a pdf to read more about Frances Crowe’s classes. Download Frances Crowe’s resume. http://www.francescrowe.com


Emma Jo Webster (2) emmajo@webstertapestries.fsnet.co.uk
Download a pdf to read more about Emma Jo Webster’s classes. Download Emma Jo Webster’s resume. http://www.emmajowebster.com

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Martin Miller (3) storyteller@mosquitonet.com
I teach beginning to intermediate tapestry in a melange of styles.  Learners will leave my basic one-day classes with a tapestry ready for mounting.  Individual instruction is tailored to the learner, as is the schedule. http://www.aweaversyarn.com/bios/martin.html



Lynda Brothers (1,2) brosart@west.net
I teach beginning through advanced tapestry weaving classes in my studio. http://Lyndabrothers.com

Myla Collier (3) mylacollier@gmail.comSantiago Canyon Community College supports my Tapestry Weaving classes in the City of Orange, California. They are Free of Charge and cover a range of expertise. I have first timers as well as long time weavers. We are always trying new ideas and have a lot of fun. Tuesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

Deborah Corsini (1,3) deborah@deborahcorsini.com
I teach an ongoing multilevel non-credit tapestry class at City College of San Francisco. Students learn basic to advanced techniques with an emphasis on color and design. I also specialize in wedge weave and teach 1 to 3 day workshops in wedge weave and eccentric weave. Download a pdf to read more about Deborah Corsini’s classes. Download Deborah Corsini’s resume. www.deborahcorsini.com

Alex Friedman (2) aqsfriedmanata@gmail.com
I offer private lessons and group instruction as well as lectures on tapestry, its history and a contemporary overview.   www.alexfriedmantapestry.com

Tricia Goldberg (1, 2) triciagold@sbcglobal.net
I teach traditional tapestry techniques, designing for tapestry and special workshops in color blending and ways of using color in tapestry. www.tgtapestry.com

Nancy Jackson (2) nancy@timshelstudio.com
Instruction in my studio includes a complete curriculum of Gobelin/Aubusson traditional weaving and cartooning, beginner to advanced.  Maximum of 4 students.  Discounted housing for travelers. http://www.timshelstudio.com

Yael Lurie & Jean Pierre Larochette  (1,3) jeanpierrelarochette@hotmail.com

Rebecca Smith (1,2) weaving@rebeccasmithtapestry.com I’m available to teach my signature style of combining tapestry weaving with beads and wire to make shaped and free-standing tapestries. I love to innovate, thinking of new ways to use standard tapestry techniques in non-standard ways. I like to share my spirit of innovation to get students moving in their own unique direction. http://www.rebeccasmithtapestry.com

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David Johnson (1) jdjohnson81499@msn.com
Download a pdf to read more about David Johnson’s classes. Download David Johnson’s resume. http://facebook.com/jdjohnson81499

Rebecca Mezoff (1,2) rebecca.mezoff@gmail.com
I teach beginning to advanced tapestry workshops as well as longer term mentoring in person or online.  My teaching emphasizes design and color use with continuing work on refining technique.  In design work, I encourage students to use what is meaningful in their own lives as the starting point for a piece before choosing which design principles or formulas to work with.  I also do mentoring work in synthetic dyeing. Download a pdf to read more about Rebecca Mezoff’s classes. Download Rebecca Mezoff’s resume. www.rebeccamezoff.com

Cheryl Riniker (1,3) criniker@yahoo.com
I teach workshops for beginning and intermediate weavers at Green Valley Weavers and Knitters. I can travel and provide individual instruction, as well.

Kathy Spoering (1) kspoering@bresnan.net
I teach beginning to advanced tapestry workshops, with an emphasis on translating design elements into tapestry techniques.  Designing and using cartoons to weave from a personal viewpoint are also addressed. http://kspoeringtapestries.blogspot.com


Pamela Palma (1,2,3) pamela@pamelapalmadesigns.com
Download a pdf to read more about Pamela Palma’s classes. Download Pamela Palma’s resume. http://pamelapalmadesigns.com

Terri Stewart (1) tksweaver@verizon.net; http://www.stewarttapestries.com/tapestry-weaving-classes.htm
I teach beginning to advanced tapestry, including design.  1-3 day workshops available.  Contact me for scheduling. Download a pdf to read more about Terri Stewart’s classes. Download Terri Stewart’s resume. http://stewarttapestries.com


Tommye Scanlin (1,2,3) bittersweet.tapestry.studio@gmail.com
Tapestry instruction at my studio, including option for one or two individuals in retreat setting for tapestry intensive of several days, all levels. Download a pdf to read more about Tommye Scanlin’s classes. Download Tommye Scanlin’s resume. http://tapestry13blogspot.com


Sarah Swett (1,2) mildredestelle@gmail.com


Barbara Burns (1,2) bburns174@gmail.com
I teach beginner to advanced tapestry and design in my large, sunny studio. I encourage exploration while providing a solid foundation in theory and technique.  My instruction is tailored to the individual needs of each student in private and group lessons.  I also teach classes and workshops at Halcyon Yarn and am willing to travel to teach. Information about the Halcyon classes are available on their website: https://halcyonyarn.com/classes.php.  Download a pdf to read more about Barbara Burn’s classes. Download Barbara Burn’s resume.  www.burns-studio.com

Donald Burns (2) dnstndnldbrns@gmail.com

Maria Kovacs (3) mefiber@yahoo.com
I teach tapestry weaving at Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine.  Instruction is usually 2 day mini courses called Tapestry 101. Information available on the Halcyon Yarn website: http://www.halcyonyarn.com/

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Christine Spangler (1) spanglertextile@verizon.net
My specialty is Norwegian tapestry technique.  Norwegian tapestry employs the dovetail technique rather than using slits for vertical junctions.  Classes are given at the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, Iowa. http://vesterheim.org/learning/classes_textiles.php


Tamar Shadur (1,2) tamarshadur@hotmail.com
I offer 2-day tapestry weaving workshops in small groups, for beginners and for those with some experience. All materials are supplied by me, including the use of portable metal upright looms, Archie style. Participants are welcome to bring their own looms and materials. I am willing to travel. 413-992-7994  I live in Florence (near Northampton), MA.

Julia Mitchell (1,2) jmtapestry@mac.com
Download a pdf to read more about Julia Mitchell’s classes. Download Julia Mitchell’s resume.


Traudi Bestler (1,3) bestler@aol.com
I teach beginning and intermediate level tapestry and other weaving classes, part of which is devoted to design:  creating a pleasing composition, making it weavable and choosing colors.   I also teach yarn dyeing and dyeing for special effects in tapestry. Check the following websites for registration or contact me: Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka, MN www.minnetonkaarts.org; North House Folk School, Grand Marais, MN   www.northhouse.org. Download a pdf to read more about Traudi Bestler’s classes.


Deann Rubin  (2) deannrubin@yahoo.com
I teach beginning tapestry with a strong emphasis in design and color.

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Elizabeth Buckley (1,2) weft46buckley@earthlink.net
I am a second-generation tapestry artist and teacher of over 40 years.  I draw from multiple traditions—Mexican, Rio Grande, Peter Collingwood rug-making, Aubusson, Beauvais—as well as knowledge that I have gained directly from master weavers themselves, that often is not documented in books. With my degree in art, I bring to the classroom my deep grounding in design principles and color theory that specifically apply to tapestry. I teach a core curriculum of classes and workshops to provide a solid foundation in both theory and technique for my students.  I support students as they explore beyond their comfort zones to find and express their own unique voice. Download a pdf to read more about Elizabeth Buckley’s classes. http://www.elizabethbuckleytapestryartist.com; http://ebuckleyartcampforadults.blogspot.com

Molly Elkind mpelkind@comcast.net My goal is to empower students to design their own work with confidence and to find their own voice in their chosen fiber medium. My classes offer a mix of lecture, slide show, hands-on practice and discussion. Students have praised my organization, energy, and use of examples, handouts and demos. http://www.mollyelkind.com 

Cornelia Theimer Gardella (1,3)  contact@corneliatheimer.com
I am a tapestry weaver creating contemporary abstract work using hand-dyed wool and silk.  I offer workshops in synthetic dyeing and tapestry techniques for beginning to advanced students with a strong emphasis on color and design theory.  www.corneliatheimer.com

Robin Reider (1,2) robinreider@hotmail.com
Tapestry teacher of Pictorial Tapestry/Color Grading workshop, Tapestry from every Angle workshop, Autumn Vegetal Dye Extravaganza. Teaching from her studio, private and small groups, travel to guilds welcome. www.weavingsbyrobin.com

Irvin & Lisa Trujillo (1,3) centinela@newmexico.com
We teach Chimayo weaving.  It is the 20th century development with the 400 year-old Rio Grande weaving tradition of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.  We encourage students to weave with limited planning involved, focusing on work growing on the loom.  This is a tapestry technique well suited to spontaneity and requires a comfort with logical and mathematical thinking. http://www.chimayoweavers.com/

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Archie Brennan (1,2) brennan-maffei@earthlink.net; http://www.brennan-maffei.com

Susan Martin Maffei (1,2) brennan-maffei@earthlink.net
smmaffei@earthlink.net; www.susanmartinmaffei.com

Donna Foley (1,2) fourdirections@verizon.net
I specialize in using handspun yarns dyed with natural dye extracts and my tapestries reflect an American Southwest geometric style but with an Adirondack Mountains viewpoint. www.fourdirectionsweaving.com


Victoria Sowers
Victoria conducts week-long tapestry weaving residencies in schools and communities throughout the Southeast.  Using a 200 year-old colonial floor loom, she focuses on introductory techniques and concepts from a historical perspective. www.sandycreekweavers.com


Beverly Walker (1,2) bwalker@windstream.net
Beverly has been weaving tapestries for over 14 years and has won several awards in juried competitions. She is a fiber artist who instructs all ages of students in the various technical aspects of using fibers to create fine art.


Damascus Fiber Arts School tapis.terry@gmail.com
The Damascus Fiber Arts School offers instruction in tapestry and Navajo weaving, Ravenstail Twining, knitting, spinning and other occasional classes.  Audrey Moore and Terry Olson teach tapestry and Navajo weaving. www.damascusfiberartsschool.com

Sharon Marcus (1) SMMarcus@compuserve.com
My specialty in teaching is to assist students attain their creative potential in tapestry (and other media) through the integration of concept development, design and critique.  My approach is to encourage students to work from their own strengths and life experience, rather than from general “formulas”.

Audrey Moore (2) mooreatmarmot@peoplepc.com
Teaches at Damascus Fiber Arts School

Terry Olson (2) tapis.terry@gmail.com
Teaches at Damascus Fiber Arts School. Download a pdf to read more about Terry Olson’s classes. Download Terry Olson’s resume. http://www.damascusfiberartsschool.com/

Pam Patrie (1,2) pampatriestudios@yahoo.com; My Classes travel to you or you can attend my retreat sessions in my Coastal cabin on the Northern Oregon coast. pampatriestudios.com

Shelley Socolofsky (1,2) skyastudio@centurytel.net; http://www.shelleysocolofsky.com

Kathe Todd-Hooker (1,2) kathetoddhooker@comcast.net
I teach all levels from beginning to intermediate with an emphasis on creating instruction that is tailored to the individual needs of each student. I teach small format and large format tapestry weaving, tapestry skills, journaling for  personal imagery, designing cartoons, avoiding problem and fixing problems in tapestry and colour theory. The technical skills that I teach are based on many different tapestry traditions. spider472@comcast.net; finefiberpress.com

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Janet Austin (2) nitsuanaj@verizon.net;


Connie Lippert (1,2) connie@connielippert.com
Download a pdf to read more about Connie Lippert’s classes. Download Connie Lippert’s resume. http://www.connielippert.com


Linda Weghorst (1,2) lgweghorst@comcast.net
I have 25 years of teaching experience in the textile arts.  I primarily teach tapestry weaving and design.  I teach at Conferences, Craft Schools, in my studio and for Weaving Guilds.  I am willing to travel.


Joan Griffin (2) joangriffin@gmail.com
Joan Griffin teaches beginner and intermediate weekend tapestry workshops several times a year in her Charlottesville, VA studio. Download a pdf to read more about Joan Griffin’s classes. Download Joan Griffin’s resume. www.joangriffintapestry.com

Susan Iverson (1) siverson@vcu.edu
Susan Iverson is occasionally available to teach workshops on the pulled warp technique.


Ruth Manning (1,2) rcmanning1@gmail.com
Download a pdf to read more about Ruth Manning’s classes. Download Ruth Manning’s resume. http://www.ruthmanningtapestry.com


Doris Florig (1,2) 2dmagic@gmail.com
Teaching tapestry weaving in the Tetons. Lessons are available in your studio, on line or at workshops offered through out the country. Doris specializes in weaving on a nomadic style looms and working with natural dyes. Looms and materials are available from Doris for use in class or to purchase. www.2dfiberarts.com

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