Online - Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (SOLD OUT - Register to join the waiting list!)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (SOLD OUT - Register to join the waiting list!)

Thursdays January 13, 20 & 27 and February 3, 10 & 17 (5:00-7:00 pm CT) with Laura Berlage

Level of Instruction
$290.00 Members
$320.00 Non-members

Curious about how tapestries are made and ready to try your hand at pictorial weaving? This most ancient form of textile creation is rich with history and invitation for creative expression. Master weaver Laura Berlage will take you on a multi-week journey into the magical world of tapestry, where you will learn to transform warp and weft into a peaceful sunset landscape, measuring approximately 10 x 10 inches. Starting with a simple frame loom, the focus will be given to establishing good tapestry techniques and learning the process for horizontal and angled forms – beginning with foundational geometrics and building into more naturalistic forms. Fundamentals of cartoon creation and shading will also be covered, and we'll explore tapestry pieces from Vesterheim's collection along the way. Unlock the mystery of how tapestry is made and add these skills to your expressions in fiber. Join us for this welcoming online class!

This class includes six Zoom sessions Thursdays, January 13 - February 17, 2021 (5:00-7:00 pm CT), as well as time on your own. The class includes a kit shipped to your home with a simple frame loom, stick shed dowel, two large eye tatting needles, wool yarn for the project, a hand comb/beater, a spool of cotton warp, and a special treat from (a $110 value). The loom will arrive disassembled, and students will be responsible for putting their loom together. An easy-to-follow instructional video will guide students through this process. Don't hesitate to contact Andrew Ellingsen, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (

Supplies: Students should provide a comfortable but firm chair (preferably without arms), a table edge to lean the loom against as it rests in your lap, sharp scissors, a black Sharpie fine point marker, at least two tapestry needles (large eyes, blunt ends), two-four binder clips, and a tape measure (preferably the kind used for sewing). Students will also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection. For loom assembly, students will need wood glue.

Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: December 21, 2022

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Laura  Berlage
Photo by Bryan French
Laura Berlage

Laura is a contemporary Renaissance woman living and working on her family’s century-old homestead farm outside Hayward, Wisconsin. From fiber arts to creative writing, music to storytelling, she never tires of the magic of transforming ideas into form and overlapping narrative and visual. Laura also loves working with the many and beautiful natural materials from her farm – especially the wool from her sheep. Completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College in 2011, Laura continues her lifelong passion for learning with engaged, hands-on teaching for small groups to encourage creativity, imagination, and expression.

See more of Laura's work here.