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VIRTUAL – Frame Loom: Tapestry Weaving

NOTE:  Registration is now closed.
Deadline for registration is March 28th to allow for mailing your kit. Kit shipped within the U.S. only.

Weaving is active meditation. This Tapestry class will be taught on frame looms. Suzanne began her weaving life in a tapestry class at Valparaiso University in the early 1970’s.

Her first weaving teacher Nancy (Searles) Marsh says, “The main reason for frame looms is the reality of entering into both an historical, and present, art form. It seems a wonderful opportunity to learn how tapestry has been done for centuries”.

Each student will be asked to purchase a wooden stretcher frame (like the ones used for stretching canvas) and will be sent a tapestry kit with the necessary yarn and equipment to weave tapestry. Students may wish to purchase supplemental weft yarn. The kit will include instructions on how to set up a frame loom and tapestry instruction handouts.

Several tapestry techniques will be introduced during the course. Once basic techniques are practiced, students will be able to create unique tapestries inspired by the fundamental patterns learned during the class. There will be Zoom class sessions, and plenty of time to practice weaving methods. We will ultimately be coming together to share what we design and weave in this new practice of tapestry weaving on frame looms. All levels welcome.

Sunday-Friday, April 11-16
(1) 1 1/2-hour introduction & (5) 3-hour sessions (total of 16 1/2 hours)

Sunday, April 11 – Evening Meet and Greet 5-6:30 pm MT
Monday-Friday, April 12-16 – 11:00 am-2:00 pm MT

This workshop is limited to 8 participants.

Tapestry Kit Includes: (will be shipped to each participant)
• Warp Yarn (on a weaving bobbin)
• Black, Gray, White, Red Wool Weft Yarn (2 oz each)
• Weaving Handouts
• Tapestry Needle
• 2 stick shuttles
• Pick up Stick
• Carpet warp for string Heddles, and template

Participants will need to supply:
• 16” x 24” Wooden Stretcher Frame (Like the ones used to stretch canvas for painting. Do not get one with a bar across the back) Michaels, Dick Blick, or other art supply sources.
• 1-­‐ Large 4-­‐5”C-­‐Clamp (To clamp frame sideways on the table for warping)
• 2-­‐2” C-­‐clamps (to rest the heddle bar on when weaving)
• 100% wool worsted weight yarn (if you choose to have additional colors)
• Notebook
• Computer for Zoom
•Cloth tape measure
• Scissors
• Metal Fork or Tapestry Beater
• 20” ½” Dowel

Please click here to view Welcome Letter: Welcome Letter, Frame Loom, Tapestry Weaving


  • Suzanne Halvorson
    Suzanne Halvorson

    Suzanne Halvorson has been a weaver since the early 1970’s, and has her BSFA from Valparaiso University. She is well known for her innovative double weave scarves and stoles, as well as for her hand-woven liturgical vestments and paraments. Suzanne is a popular weaving teacher and workshop leader nationally, having taught at Earlham College in Richmond, IN and Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC. She is the owner of Yarns Unlimited, and is co-owner of By Hand Gallery, both in Bloomington, Indiana. She sells her scarves at Weaving Southwest in Taos. Her work is published in “Handwoven,” “Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot” and “Weaving for Worship.” Suzanne began teaching Textiles at Indiana University Fall, 2010.


Apr 11 - 16 2021

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