TAP INTO TAPESTRY
Weave a modern sculptural wall hanging in your own unique style.
Instructor: Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher
As a tapestry weaver, my biggest “aha!” moment was when I allowed myself to let go. I found my voice and style when I made the decision to no longer worry about doing things the “right” way, and only to engage in the techniques I enjoyed.
At its best, tapestry weaving is fun, simple, meditative, democratic, and endlessly creative. Why let rules and tradition interfere with that?
In this workshop, students will learn (or review) the basics: assembling your loom, fibers, warping the loom, stitches and knots, shapes and space, finishing, removing, and hanging your tapestries. As we weave, we will explore ways to combine, deconstruct and distill those essentials down to the ones that bring you the most joy, resulting in your own unique style. Everyone will leave with at least one finished piece.
Students of all levels are welcome. You may bring your own tapestry loom and tools, or purchase a kit from the instructor. Bring your favorite yarns – the bulkier, the better!
In addition, I will have a large assortment of merino wool roving and yarns available on site for purchase. I will also bring a few of my large looms for students to try out during class.
Please specify at registration if you would like a kit paid directly to Bobbie at the time of workshop by check or cash.
20-inch kit: $125
20x24 inch deluxe weaving loom, (1) roll of warp string, (1) 200-gram skein of bulky merino wool yarn (white), (1) dowel for hanging, (1) comb, (1) wooden tapestry needle, (1) Shuttle, (1) shed stick, (1) tote bag, printed handouts.
36-inch kit: $305
36x64 inch deluxe weaving loom, (1) roll of warp string, (1) 200-gram skein of bulky merino wool yarn (white), (1) dowel for hanging, (1) comb, (1) wooden tapestry needle, (1) Shuttle, (1) shed stick, (1) tote bag, printed handouts.
Bobbie Tilkens-Fisher is a weaver and instructor in Philadelphia, PA, and Thomaston, ME, and owner of At Home Modern, a vintage design company.
As a child, she always thought she would be an artist when she grew up. Instead, she ran an art gallery, taught art history and museum studies to college students, and started an antiques business. It was only after the birth of her son in 2017 that a strong urge to create led her to begin weaving - using a child’s frame loom! Soon, her collection of looms and fibers took over a spare bedroom at her home in Philadelphia, and by focusing on the techniques and fibers she found pleasurable, and manipulating or simply ignoring some of the traditions of tapestry weaving she found her own unique style-sculptural, vivid and flowing. She began getting commissions for her weaving and has now dedicated her career to weaving and teaching others her craft.