Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The first tapestry class in my new studio

I had my first class in my own studio May 4, 5, and 7. I had a set of fantastic students and I think we all had a marvelous time. At least I know I did and they all were lying if they didn't. They were a shy bunch and didn't much want their photos taken, but here are some shots of yarn, the studio, and the work being done.

The class was Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry and the class description is on my website HERE.

Here is one student's preparation for a color gradation using singles yarn, three to a bundle.

Here are a few examples of the hatching and hachure practice we were doing in the class.

This is a detail of a jump-over technique we were learning. It is a sort of regular hatching. This is the back side of the tapestry.

Here is a detail of some shading we were practicing with pick and pick and above that in the blue is a vertical gradation using singles yarn. (Much of this class is woven using the 2-ply Harrisville Highland but we practice getting smooth color gradations with a singles yarn by Harrisville.)

Another example of pick and pick and a vertical gradation. Under the pick and pick in black and grey is a great example of a hachure exercise. We use this as a way to experiment with creating areas of shading using only two colors. When done in more similar tones, the effect can be quite subtle. I do recommend students start with contrasting colors so they can see the technique they are working on!

And Sunday afternoon there was even a surprise black bottom pie which Emily made for the class. You can't argue with that.
And here are a few beautiful photos from one of the talented students, Susan Fuquay. She said I could share them with you. If you love yarn, you might like these.
photo: Susan Fuquay
photo: Susan Fuquay
photo: Susan Fuquay
photo: Susan Fuquay


  1. Rebecca, I have to ask--what is Susan's last photo? Yes, I have taken pictures of your table of color gradation yarns--to dye:) for.
    Always look forward to your blogs.

    1. Helen, the last photo is of the edge of one of my dye sample books. It is a binder full of yarn samples and formulas. This along with my own collection of samples is an invaluable resource for color selection and dyeing. I recently wrote the woman who did this (I took a class from her and I think she was in her late 80s back then) to see if she had any more, and just got the letter returned today. I fear she is no longer alive. Perhaps I should keep this book in a fire safe!

  2. Beautiful report of this class! I hope your new studio will hold many more happy class times for you.


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