New course coming January 2020

In this course we’ll tackle the question of designing for tapestry. Creating a tapestry design that is successful relies on many underlying skills. We’ll learn some of the higher-level technical skills that improve your options for expression, discuss color theory, play with various design techniques, and learn the basic concepts of design. We’ll be talking to tapestry and fiber artists about their design practice and we’ll have a monthly live Q&A session where we can chat about your challenges and successes.

This course will be offered in a format where monthly content gives you time to play with the concepts between lessons. It will include content useful for a wide range of experience in tapestry weaving.

More information is coming in November of 2019. Expected launch of the class is sometime in January 2020 (with apologies that I won’t make a previously promised September launch… writing my book has taken over my life this year). Registration will be open only once a year so I have time to focus on the people in the course the rest of the time. Watch this space or my newsletter for details so you don’t miss your chance to register for season one of the course.


What is the format of the course?

This course will have new content every month and as long as you have paid for the course, you will have access to all new and past material. Content will be released on the first of the month. As in my other courses, the handouts and references will be downloadable but the videos will not.

What will the content be like?

Monthly content will look like a mix of these things:

  • an educational piece of content about design or color theory often with a list of potential exercises or ideas to experiment with

  • behind the scenes clips of fiber studios and practice

  • frequent interviews with other artists about their design process

  • live Q&A on Zoom each month with me and potentially with other artists to answer your questions.

  • resources you might want to check out for the particular topic we’re covering that month

What do you mean by “seasons” of the course?

I envision continuing this course every year indefinitely depending on whether we’re all still having fun and learning stuff. Because I don’t want to run a regular membership site for my own business management reasons, I want to do this course in “seasons” sort of like a TV show is broken up into seasons. That means you’ll be able to purchase whatever season of the course you want without having to pay a monthly membership fee to retain access to it. Once you pay for the course, as in all my courses, you have forever access. This isn’t true of a regular membership site where you have to keep paying the fee to retain access to the material.

My goal is to run the course from September to May every year with summers free to play with everything we’ve learned. But this year has been a little different and getting a new course off the ground is a huge endeavor. So we’ll start in January 2020 and go through June. The next season will start September 2020 and run through May of 2021.

Will this course cover basic tapestry techniques?

No. This dripped course* will contain information for a wide range of abilities, but if you’re brand new to tapestry weaving, I recommend concurrently registering for a beginning tapestry techniques course like THIS one.

*a dripped course is one where new content is released on a schedule instead of it all being available at once.

When can I register?

The first registration will be in late December/early January of 2019/2020. There will be one registration period a year and registration will be closed the rest of the time. This is so I can focus on the people working in the course.

How much will the course cost?

I don’t have the details of cost worked out but you will be able to pay either by the month or by the season.

  • Paying for each season ensures you’ll get all the content for the year and you don’t have to think about it until the next registration period!

  • The monthly payment is basically a payment plan so if you stop paying in the middle of a season, you’ll lose access to all the content from that season (sorry about that, but that is how the course platform works and there isn’t any way I can work the tech to let you keep access to individual months, so make sure to budget for the whole amount).

When will the course end?

My plan is to continue this course with a new “season” each year. The amount of information about tapestry design and the ways we can learn to improve our skills are pretty endless!

Will there be a community feel to the course?

One of the major goals of the course is to foster communication and community among tapestry weavers all over the world. I’m working on options for communication between members in the course as sharing our ideas is a great way to further our knowledge and find new paths. This will not be a Facebook group though the current Facebook group for my online courses will be an option for anyone joining this class also. I’d like to encourage discussion right in the course about design specifically.

Will there be “real-time” requirements for this course?

Like all my courses, you can access the material on your own time. There are no set times you have to be present online.

The exception to this is the live Q&A sessions. It is completely impossible to schedule a live online event at a time that works for everyone all over the world. It can be difficult for people who work to attend events in the middle of the day, but “after work” for someone in San Francisco might be past bedtime for someone in New York (not to mention Europe or Japan). So I’ll schedule the Q&As at slightly different times each month and post the schedule in plenty of time for you to plan. ALL Q&A sessions will be recorded in full and posted in the class. You’ll be given an opportunity to ask your questions ahead of time which will ensure you get them answered even if you can’t attend live.