Nancy took her first weaving class in 1967 at Western Michigan University and knew this was “it”. The joke in her family is that when she first got married they bought a mattress to sleep on and a floor loom. Nancy has a BS in art from Western Michigan University and did graduate work in craft design at Florida State University. She teaches workshops at art centers, weaving conferences and guilds, including Convergence 2018, and yearly at John C. Campbell Folk School in NC. Nancy continues her education by taking workshops from other artists.
In addition to teaching, her work is represented in public and private collections. She has participated in national wholesale and retail shows and is represented by several galleries. Nancy participates in retail craft fairs, and solo and group shows during the year, showing tapestries, rugs and other weavings. She is active in the Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo and the American Tapestry Alliance.
Tapestry weaving is a way of creating images with yarn. It is like magic to weave parallel rows of yarn and suddenly see curves and shapes developing.
In this workshop students will learn the basic tapestry joins and techniques of shading using different colors of weft threads. You may use copper-pipe frame looms supplied by the teacher or your own adjustable-tension loom to weave a sampler. Several warping styles will be demonstrated and used. Discussions will include designing, color choices, and various ways of making a cartoon (or plan for the tapestry) and how to transfer the design to the warp threads. Finishing techniques, lining the weaving and mounting it will be demonstrated.
Class Limit: 15