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WHAT KIND OF ONLINE CLASSES DO YOU OFFER?
Introductory, comprehensive tapestry techniques course -- Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry.
My simplest course for new tapestry weavers is Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms. This is a shorter course that presents some of the initial concepts in tapestry weaving and has some material about non-tensioned looms and alternative headers that aren't in other courses.
Advanced beginner/intermediate techniques course about color -- Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry.
Course about warping a loom for four selvedge tapestry. Fringeless: Four selvedge warping with Sarah C. Swett and Rebecca Mezoff
You can find my course catalog on the course platform HERE.
WHAT ARE YOUR ONLINE CLASSES LIKE?
My classes are heavily video based. Each class has several hours of video instruction complimented by extensive handouts with drawings and diagrams. You will have the advantage of asking me questions, interacting with other students in discussion forums, uploading photos of your progress for tips and suggestions (and kudos!). At the end of each part of the course there will be a series of exercises to further your thinking about design and to practice the concepts you have learned in the prior weeks. The class is hosted in a platform with clear steps to follow in a linear fashion.
WHAT HAVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE CLASS SAID? CAN I SEE THE KINDS OF THINGS I WILL BE WEAVING?
There is a review page for this class and you can see it by clicking HERE! I have included videos with samplers and projects created by students in the classes.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE ACCESS TO THE MATERIAL?
You can access the material any time you want for as long as you want. I will answer questions pertaining to the course content whenever you ask them in the course IF you have purchased a course in which I answer questions.
In WHICH COURSES DO YOU ANSWER QUESTIONS?
Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry (Parts 1, 2, and 3 and the All-Three version)
Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry (full course or one of the six separate modules)
HELP! I HAVE REGISTERED BUT I CAN'T FIND THE COURSE SITE!
The class is hosted on a platform called Pathwright. One easy way to get there is to click on any registration button on my website or to go HERE. I suggest bookmarking that page on your computer. This PDF shows some screen shots of how to sign in after you've registered. Click HERE for the PDF.
DID YOU REGISTER WITH TWO DIFFERENT EMAIL ADDRESSES OR TYPE YOUR EMAIL WRONG?
When registering, please carefully check your email address before submitting! If you type your email wrong and you don't know you did it, you won't be able to get back into the course. If you do know you typed it wrong, use the wrongly-typed email to access the account and then change your email in your profile. Contact me if you can't get in.
If you use more than one email address, please be consistent which one you use for Pathwright courses. If you register for different courses with different emails, you'll have created different accounts and you won't see the courses you expect to depending on which account you're in. This is not easy to fix, so please use just one email address for all my online classes.
ARE THERE SPECIFIC START DATES?
There are not start dates. You can register and start any class today.
CAN I SEE THE CONTENT OF EACH SECTION?
Yes. If you go to the course catalog on Pathwright HERE, you can click on each course and see a complete list of steps included in the course. The steps labeled WATCH are videos.
DO YOU OFFER YOUR CLASSES WITHOUT INSTRUCTION?
Yes. There is a self-directed version of Warp and Weft and Color Gradation Techniques which does not include any instruction from me. It is offered at a significant discount. You will be able to have discussions with other students taking your class and all the material is the same as that in the classes I actively teach. I recommend participating in the interactive format classes where you will get feedback from myself and learn with other students. However, some people learn better without the community class, so if you feel the self-directed course is more your style, bring it on!
The Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms and Fringeless classes are both self-directed meaning I don't promise to answer any questions in them though I will jump in if I see many people with the same question.
IS THE MATERIAL TIME-LIMITED?
No! You can take as long as you want to finish your course and return to it months or years later for review.
This time of year is so busy! Do I have to do the course material now?
No you don't! After registration the course material is yours to use whenever you'd like. If you don't have time for a few weeks or months, that is just fine. You can enjoy the class when you have the leisure to dive in.
Will I be able to use the platform? I’m not sure my internet is fast enough
To test whether the course platform works on your system, go to THIS LINK and then see if you can watch the trailer video indicated by the arrow in the photo below. If you see weird things or error messages and you are still running OS 10.7, consider updating your system before registering for the class. I am not as familiar with PC systems, but make sure you have software that was updated recently. If you can stream videos, you should be fine with Pathwright. That means you can find a video on YouTube for example and watch it.
I'VE NEVER TAKEN AN ONLINE CLASS BEFORE AND I AM WORRIED I WON'T BE ABLE TO FIGURE OUT HOW IT WORKS.
Online education takes so many different forms these days. My particular classes take place in a platform called Pathwright. This is a platform which is easy and intuitive to use (you can see bits of this platform in the trailer video for Warp and Weft HERE). Once you sign up, you will be directed to the platform where the first videos will help you figure out what equipment and supplies you'll need for the class. The learning materials are presented in video and printed form. If there is a video to watch, you will see it in the Pathwright program and push play right there to view it. There are sections where you can ask questions which I will answer and there are documents (PDFs) which you can download and print. This class does not contain any face-to-face interactions through FaceTime or Skype. You will work at your own pace and ask questions as you go along. I am always available to troubleshoot any questions before you even sign up, so email me!
Will I be able to communicate with others in the class?
Yes! For many people, shared learning is important. Not only can you ask your classmates questions in the course, but you will get an invitation to a private Facebook group for all of my online students. This is a great place to see what people in other courses are doing and to learn more about tapestry in general. This Facebook group is not required of course. All course-related interaction happens right in the Pathwright platform.
What if I don’t “do” Facebook? (FOMO)
Many people have FOMO around the Facebook group. Fear Of Missing Out. The private Facebook group for my online class members is an additional benefit of my online classes, but it is in no way required. I don’t do any teaching in the group and there is plenty of interaction right in the course platform should you want it. And if you are on Ravelry, the group Tapestry Weaving has a thread for students in my online class where you could also chat with other students.
In 2019 I will be adding Q&A sessions live via Zoom so everyone can participate.
ARE THE VIDEOS SUBTITLED?
A few of the videos are subtitled, but most of the content is not. If you are hearing-impaired, you will have difficulty with these videos. Most of the teaching shows my hands only and not my lips. Please contact me for specifics.
Note November 2018: I am working on this issue as I believe that subtitles are helpful for everyone. Please contact me with specifics about when they will be completed in which classes.
Is the content downloadable?
Yes and no. The videos are not downloadable. But the handouts contain all the diagrams and many images from the videos and they are downloadable. I will be adding video transcripts in the near future which will be downloadable. There is also a video index so you can return to a specific video and find that piece of content you want to see again.
ENGLISH IS NOT MY FIRST LANGUAGE. CAN I STILL TAKE YOUR COURSE?
Yes. I have had many students from French Canada and from Spanish-speaking countries in Europe and South America successfully complete courses. I’ve had people who speak many other languages as their first language and with the help of Google translate now and then, we get along pretty well. There are no language subtitles yet, but if your English is reasonably good, you will be able to take the course with a little extra work.
WHAT TYPES OF PAYMENT DO YOU TAKE AND HOW DO I PAY FOR IT?
Payment is taken through the Pathwright system. They use a payment system called Stripe which will keep your credit card information secure. If you don't have a credit card and would still like to take the course, please contact me and we will work out an alternate means of payment. You will not be able to register until the payment goes through.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Please contact me about payment plan options.
CAN I GET A REFUND?
I don't give refunds on this material. Please ask questions before you purchase. I believe in my courses and I think you will find that they are everything I and my current students say they are.
Please note: The only issues I have had with people wanting refunds were centered around internet access. I am serious when I say that you cannot do this course if you have dial up internet or if you pay for your internet by the gigabyte.
All that said, please do communicate with me if you have problems or concerns. I’m here to help.
WHAT HAVE STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE CLASS ALREADY SAID ABOUT IT?
I have a long list of student reviews on THIS page of my website as well as multiple videos of their work.