March 14 and 15, 2015 with Tom Jipson -
Tapestry Weaving on floor looms
Tom Jipson’s brother gave him the Navajo loom that lured him
into weaving. Tom says he thinks he fell in love with
weaving during his first project, and it wasn’t long before
he quit his job and began weaving full time.
Jipson now teaches tapestry weaving at Harrisville Designs
in addition to weaving at the studio he made in his New
Hampshire farmhouse. His two-day workshop will teach
participants a variety of tapestry weaving techniques. Each
student will be able to choose from the techniques to suit
their own interests. The techniques fall into several
different categories including technical joining, color
blending, surface design, and weaving from a cartoon. The
joining techniques will include seeding and blending,
hatching, hachure, pick and pick, and blending with multiple
butterflies. The surface techniques will be pile and soumak.
Students will be working on an all wool fabric. Jipson will
provide a worsted wool warp yarn in advance for class
members to warp their looms prior to meeting. Students
should bring their own weft yarns, such as Harrisville
Designs Highland wool or comparable. Students should bring a
kitchen fork and tapestry beater (Jipson recommends a
Schacht tapestry beater either single or double ended, which
are carried by Webs and Halcyon, as well as other weaving
Materials fee for warp yarn $2.50 plus shipping.
Printing fee is $3.00.
The workshop will begin at 1:00 on March 14. It will be
continued on March 15, from 9:00 - 4:00.
If you’re a weaver--beginner or pro--the Vermont Weavers
Guild welcomes you. Plan to join us at one of our regular
meetings at the Kimball House, Randolph, Vermont.
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