There is a section below (organized alphabetically) for each of my online classes. Scroll to the one you have questions about.
Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry
HOW IS THE COLOR GRADATION TECHNIQUES CLASS DIFFERENT FROM YOUR WARP AND WEFT CLASS?
Warp and Weft is the class for people who need the basics. It has all the information you need to know to be a successful tapestry weaver. It lays the foundation. Color Gradation Techniques is for people who have some experience with tapestry and want to learn some more advanced techniques specifically for dealing with form and color.
I HAVE NOTICED THAT SOME OF THE SECTIONS OF THE COLOR GRADATION TECHNIQUES CLASS ARE SIMILAR TO THE ONES IN WARP AND WEFT. SHOULD I STILL TAKE THOSE PARTS OF THE COLOR GRADATION TECHNIQUES CLASS?
There is some information in the Color Gradation Techniques (CGT) class that is a repeat of what you learned in Warp and Weft. All of the videos in CGT are new with the exception of the Swivel Technique video and part of the Straight Diagonals video (these are optional and are for people who didn't take Warp and Weft). The Irregular Hatching section especially has a lot of similar information. There is information on Regular Hatching and Pick and Pick which was also covered in Warp and Weft. In all of these cases I take these techniques much farther than we did in the introductory course, the goal being to apply them to design questions in your real tapestry work. Most of the CGT course is brand new material and I don't think you will regret taking the whole course!
Separate parts in Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry
I currently offer the parts of this course separately. There are six of them. You’ll pay less money if you take the complete course, but if you just want information about vertical gradations for example, you can take that class alone.
What materials do I need for CGT?
The materials list for the Color Gradation Techniques class is HERE.
Fringeless: Four Selvedge Warping with Sarah C. Swett, produced by Rebecca Mezoff
Can I ask you questions in the Fringeless class if I don't understand something?
This is a self-directed course. I encourage you to ask questions and your fellow students can give you their thoughts. There are discussion areas on every page of the course. Sarah or I may jump in from time to time, but we can't commit to answering every question for this class. If you would like to learn all the fundamentals of tapestry weaving and have Rebecca always available for questions, please consider her Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry class.
Do you do any live online events about this material?
Check out this webinar from November 15, 2018. It has a lot of fun information about four selvedge warping as well as some history from Sarah with photos of her past work in this technique.
Why would I want to use this warping technique?
Four selvedge warping is a rather magical way of setting up a tapestry warp. When you're done with the piece, you'll remove the two supplemental warps and your piece will be finished. No hems, no fringe. You also don't need to put any kind of header in your weaving. This particular technique is different from the way the Navajo weavers work in that you get a working shed for the entire time you are weaving. There is no painstaking weaving with a needle to finish up the work.
What is this thing about a jig? I am not a woodworker and I'm not sure I can make that.
In the course we present three different ways to make a jig and you might come up with your own modification. If you have woodworking skills or a friend who does, certainly you could make a simple wooden jig. But Rebecca and Sarah both make sturdy jigs out of PVC pipe. Cutting PVC is simple with a rotary "cutter" (a simple, inexpensive, pressure-applying rotating tool available at any hardware store) or PVC snip. You could probably even use a hacksaw (a tiny little hand saw with a strong blade). Alternatively you can make a jig out of straps or twine and plain old sticks. It does not have to be complicated!
Alternatively, Magpie Woodworks is selling jigs for a variety of loom sizes HERE.
What is a jig anyway?
The four selvedge warping technique involves using a sort of scaffold to hold the warp you will weave on while attaching a supplemental warp. The jig can be very simple and we'll show you how to make one one in the course.
A jig is also a lively folk dance and you'll hear some of this music in the course played by Sarah herself.
Can I use a Mirrix loom for this technique?
Yes! A Mirrix is just a pipe loom with some added features. You'll need two slight modifications to the usual way you use the loom to use it for four-selvedge, but it works well. You'll need to use loom extenders on most Mirrix looms. Six or twelve inch extenders are sold by Mirrix or you can buy 1/2 inch threaded rod and a connector at your local hardware store. I'll tell you how in the course. The other thing you'll have to modify is the heddles if you want to use the shedding device. You'll need to make a set of heddles that are slightly longer for this technique. I'll show you how to do that too with a little bit of crochet cotton or strong yarn.
What kind of loom do I need for four selvedge weaving?
For this technique, you need a loom that has tensioning ability. The warp is put on with some kind of a jig (could just be sticks and string) and when that jig comes out, there is slack in the warp that has to be taken out. This means your loom has to have the ability to get longer. How much longer depends on the kind of jig you use. Pipe looms of all varieties work really well for this technique and we'll give you instructions on how to build a couple different kinds in the course. Never fear, if you are not handy and want to purchase a loom, there are options out there! THIS is one. If you already have a Mirrix, you can use that.
How much time does it take to put on a four selvedge warp?
That depends! At first, it takes awhile. The process takes attention and has multiple steps. Over time, it gets easier and you can warp a loom this way with a small warp in less than an hour. As you'll see, Sarah can do it in much less time!
Please see the section below, “Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms”
Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry
HOW IS THE BEGINNING TECHNIQUES CLASS SET UP?
Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry is a three-part class. Part 1 lays the foundation with good skills in warping, bubbling, beating, making your header, and learning some basic weaving concepts and terms. Part 2 works through making joins and angles. Part 3 moves into using curves, cartoons, design, and troubleshooting various problems in tapestry. You can also take all three parts as one class called All-Three-in-One in the course catalog.
CAN I START WITH PART 2 OR 3 OF THE WARP AND WEFT CLASS?
I will strongly discourage you from doing this. The few people who have started with Part 2 have had a significant amount of difficulty picking up in the middle. Several of them went back and registered for Part 1. This program is intended to be taken sequentially and understanding the steps of how I teach from the beginning is important to being successful in later parts. If you are someone who has taken many workshops with me in person, please talk to me about whether you might be the exception to this.
Everyone weaves and teaches tapestry differently. There is no standardized set of rules for the medium, so I am teaching the most successful ways to do the techniques from my perspective. If your prior teachers weave very differently than I do, chances are you'll be confused by starting in the middle of the course. The course is broken up into three parts for people who don't have time or finances to take the whole thing at once, but each part does build on the one before.
WHAT MATERIALS WILL I NEED FOR THE WARP AND WEFT CLASS?
There is a video called Tapestry Tools which you can watch as soon as you register for the class. This video shows you all the various materials you can use for the class and which ones are required. If you need help deciding before you register, you can download a PDF containing a list of suggested and required materials as well as a little discussion about looms appropriate for tapestry.
The materials list for the Warp and Weft class is HERE.
Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms
What materials do I need for the class?
You can download a materials list for the class right HERE.
I discuss the tools and materials at the beginning of the class, so you'll get lots of detail once you register. If you aren't understanding the terms on that materials list, that is completely okay! I explain it in the class. If you do understand the jargon, order away!
I have never woven tapestry before. Can I take this class?
Yes! you're in good company. I show you how weaving works and what the most important concepts you need to know are. This is not a comprehensive techniques class. If you want to know all the fundamentals of tapestry weaving, you'll want my Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry class. In fact, the two classes compliment each other nicely if I do say so myself.
I have woven a lot of tapestry, but I struggle with how to manage my Hokett loom (or other small loom). Will this class work for me?
Yes! There are four videos about different ways to make headers in the class as well as warping videos for three types of little looms. You'll learn how to make a header that works with the sort of final presentation you want for your piece and I'll show you one great way to mount small tapestries at the end of the course. If you're an experienced tapestry weaver, some of the technique content will be unnecessary, but the tips for managing these looms make the course well worth your time.
Can I ask you questions in the Little Looms class if I don't understand something?
This is a self-directed course. I encourage you to ask questions and your fellow students can give you their thoughts. There are discussion areas on every page of the course. I may jump in from time to time, but I can't commit to answering every question for this class. If you would like to learn all the fundamentals of tapestry weaving and have me always available for questions, please consider my Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry class. The reason that class is more expensive besides the fact that it has much more information than this one, is that I am always there to help you out.
You can join my private Facebook page for my online classes and I do FB Live Q&As in that group every month. You can watch the videos later if you're not able to catch the live broadcast.
Is there a self-directed version of this class?
My comprehensive courses do have self-directed and thus less-expensive versions. This class is already such a bargain, there is no self-directed version.