Wednesday, February 2, 2011

workshop ideas being sought

Hello folks,
I'm currently scheduling for my teaching gigs for 2012.  So far, I've locked in January 22 of 2012 as the start of a weeklong intermediate class at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.  I'm also in discussions with another craft school in the Southeast about another intermediate level class and don't want to make it a repetition of the one at JCFS.  So... my question to any and all who might read this and who might want to attend a week-long workshop targeting "intermediate" level (whether it would be one I'd teach or someone else)--what would you like to learn???

My own "tool kit" for tapestry expands constantly.  I am, of course, only comfortable teaching techniques I use in my own work.  There are some topics I wouldn't touch at this point since I've only briefly experimented with them (wedge weave, for instance, since Connie Lippert and others do such a wonderful job with this method in their work and also in their teaching).

SO... any thoughts from anyone?  I will appreciate it greatly!


  1. Off the top of my head, Tommye, I'm thinking about shading, color blending and shadowing techniques, building better curves and circles, detail work like faces, fingers, flower parts, keeping a consistent surface (no bumps or ridges), keeping straight selvages. And perhaps have students arrive with particular challenges they're facing. "How do I make it look like (whatever it is they want)?"

    Usually questions I want answered come up in the middle of a project. And, no, I still haven't warped the tapestry loom since our class. But basically it boils down to "How do I take my tapestry skills from building basic shapes to creating a beautiful 'picture'?" Don't know if that will help, but maybe it will give others a jumping off point for more ideas.

  2. Thanks, Karen! All great considerations for study. Thank you for taking time to send them.

    And, your comment in the next to last sentence: "How do I take my tapestry skills from building basic shapes to creating a beautiful 'picture'?" is the crux of it all, isn't it? I still struggle with that in every tapestry I do.