Tapestry Weaving: techniques for your toolkit
San Jose, California
taught by Tricia Goldberg
January 26 – 28, 2017
Immerse yourself in tapestry weaving. This class is designed both for the beginning weaver who has little or no experience with tapestry and for the more experienced tapestry weaver who wants to learn new techniques. This workshop offers something for everyone. What an opportunity!
Beginning weavers will learn how to:
- warp a loom,
- weave lines, curves and shapes,
- blend yarn colors.
More advanced weavers can focus on a variety of techniques including:
- weaving complex shapes,
- eccentric weaving,
- half pass techniques.
Students may select from a variety of designs supplied by the instructor. More experienced weavers may bring one of their own designs to work on. Loom rental and materials are covered by the materials fee.
Tricia Goldberg has taught tapestry weaving and exhibited her work for over 30 years. She teaches in her studio in Berkeley, CA, and at art centers around the country. She weaves both on commission and for exhibition. Tricia’s work resides in numerous art collections and is represented in Fiberarts Design Book 3, 4, and 7, and The Tapestry Handbook, by Carol Russell. Tricia studied tapestry weaving and design with Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie and in 1985 she helped found Tapestry Weavers West. Visit Tricia’s website.
Tricia says this about her work:
“Designing and developing an image to weave often includes drawings, paintings, photographs and collage. Designs include fruit, flowers and landscapes encountered from travel, hikes, my own garden or still-life arrangements. I have included textile imagery in my tapestries: embroidery; baskets; an old silk quilt; and an enlarged portion of a reproduction of an old Turkish carpet from a tiny note card. I love to consider scale when I’m designing a tapestry, making tiny images giant or playing with the relationship of objects. Also, I often return to figure drawing to sharpen my observation skills. My goal is to keep the original inspiration lively in my work. My final design or cartoon that I weave from leaves room for play and experimentation. I choose techniques and interpret the design as I let the essential textile nature shine through.”
This workshop will take place in San Jose. Concurrently, American Tapestry Biennial 11 will be hanging by the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. In addition, Elemental Tapestry: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, a show organized by Tapestry Weavers West and Fate, Destiny and Self Determination, Line Dufour’s international tapestry project will also be hanging at the museum. The opening of American Tapestry Biennial 11 will take place on Sunday, January 29th and will be preceded by Contemplating the Sublime: 21st Century Tapestry, with speakers and a panel discussion.
This will be a unique opportunity to meet other weavers and immerse yourself in contemporary tapestry!
For more information, please email ATA’s Education Committee Chair, Terry Olson: firstname.lastname@example.org