Weaving Textures in Tapestry - tutor Marilyn Rea-Menzies

  • 23 Jun 2023 (10:00 am) to 25 Jun 2023 (16:00 pm)
  • Melrose Historic House, 26 Brougham Street, Nelson, 7010, New Zealand
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Weaving Textures in Tapestry - 3 Day Workshop

This 3-day workshop covers some of the technical and design aspects involved in weaving different textures, and 3D effects in tapestry.  You are welcome to bring your own coloured images, or use those supplied by Marilyn of the forest floor, lichens and leaves from our New Zealand native forests and from this you will design your tapestry.  You can decide on the size, and sett for the tapestry, create the cartoon, choose the correct warp thread for the size of your tapestry, warp your frame looms and commence weaving.  

This project offers many opportunities to utilize a range of tapestry techniques such as:  choosing the colours in your weft bundles, shape building, hatching, slits, eccentric weave, senna knots, French knots, and soumak, to create the illusion of lichens and forest textures.

This workshop is open to beginners and for those of you with prior tapestry weaving experience.   Everyone will work at their own level and pace.

Experienced students will be shown how to insert supplementary warps to enable you to create a 3D effect in your tapestry.  Beginner weavers will commence with some introductory tapestry techniques. 

There will be time to warp up the frame looms and commence weaving your unique design, these can be taken away with you to complete in your own time.   A frame can be provided, small $20, or large $30, along with a beautiful selection of colourful yarns that is included in the $10 small materials fee.   If you already have a frame loom, bring it along and supplement with your favourite personal fine yarns.   Further information of what to bring will be sent once your enrolment is confirmed.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to take your artistic abilities to the next level under the expert guidance of practicing artist and master weaver Marilyn Rea-Menzies.  Marilyn has designed this workshop, especially for you, to gain a rich experience and a deeper understanding of how to approach your own ideas for your future projects.  Read more about Marilyn on our about page or on Wikipedia

The workshop venue is the glorious Melrose Historic House, with on-site café, close to central Nelson

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Three Day Workshop

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Three Day Workshop


Please bring the $10 small materials fee paid directly to Marilyn at the commencement of the workshop. If you have your own small frame loom bring it along, otherwise you can purchase one from Marilyn for $20. There is an on-site cafe serving delicious foods and refreshments. Further workshop details will be sent on receipt of payment.