9/5: Weave a Tapestry

9/5: Weave a Tapestry


Date: Thursday, September 5th, 2019: 6:00 – 9:00pm

Location: 416 E. State Street - Loading Dock

Time: 3 hour workshop

In this 3 hour class, you will practice 5 basic weaving techniques and follow a weaving pattern provided by the instructor, or design your own. A beautiful color palette of fiber materials will be provided, and students will be encouraged experiment with various techniques with guidance from the instructor. After this workshop, you will be experienced in basic weaving skills and feel confident in creating future projects. Light snacks and beverages will be provided!

In this workshop, we will:

  • learn 5 basic weaving techniques: Rya knots, twining, tabby stitch, soumak stitch, and single knots.

  • learn how to warp the loom, cutting the weave from the loom, tidy up the “dark side” of the tapestry, and secure to a wooden rod for hanging.

  • learn about the different fibers used for weaving, and how choice of color and material can enhance even the most simplest of techniques

The following supplies are included:

  • various fiber materials (cotton yarn, acrylic/wool blend yarn, roving)

  • laser cut loom with the following tools: needle, bobbin, shuttle, comb

  • wooden dowel

  • sand paper

  • scissors

  • introductory weaving pattern


  • open to all levels including beginners

You will go home with:

  • 1 completed tapestry, 1 loom, various weaving tools

Instructor: Rachel Bogardus is a local fiber artist and founder of Virago Weaving. New to the fiber world, she took a weaving class summer of 2018, which ignited her passion and love for fiber arts. Creator of household goods and women’s accessories, Rachel developed Virago Weaving to sell goods inspired by the places she has travelled and motivational women, near and far. Portions of goods sold are donated to local charities, with other profits going towards her education to obtain a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies in Ireland next year. Lover of beautiful metaphors, she considers herself to be in the chrysalis stage of metamorphosis. Rachel found weaving during a time where she needed direction, and she hopes to inspire others to take risks, believe in themselves and set out to do what makes them feel fulfilled- for you never know where following your passions will lead you.

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