Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (SOLD OUT! Register to join the Waiting List)

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving (SOLD OUT! Register to join the Waiting List)

Mondays, April 19 - May 24, 2021 (6-8:00 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, focus will be given to establishing good tapestry technique 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 tapestries are made and add these skills to your expressions in fiber. Join us for this welcoming online class! Includes all the materials you need to be successful. Don't hesitate to contact Josh Torkelson, Folk Art Coordinator, with any questions you may have (

This class includes six Zoom sessions Mondays, April 19 - May 24, 2021 (6-8:00 pm CT), as well as time on your own, spent working on the stroke work and class project.

This 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).

If you are registering for this class in a location outside the contiguous United States, additional shipping charges may apply. Please contact before you register for more information.

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.

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.

Enrollment Deadline: April 5, 2021

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.