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Tapestry: Beyond the Basics

October 1 - 6, 2023

Tommye Scanlin  ·  scanlintapestry.com

Workshop at a glance

Explore design concepts and apply those in tapestry weaving working abstractly or pictorially.


  • Design fundamentals for image development and cartoon planning
  • Selecting materials to enhance images ideas
  • Finishing and presentation methods
  • Traditional weft-faced tapestry techniques


  • Various yarns


  • Designing work on paper
  • Creating cartoons future tapestries
  • Making at least one small tapestry completed during the workshop

Artist Bio

Tommye Scanlin is professor emerita at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, Georgia. She earned her MFA from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, an MA in education and a BA in art education from the University at Athens. Her tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990. Scanlin is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and the Lillian E. Smith Center and a juried member of Southern Highland Craft Guild and Piedmont Craftsmen. She is author of Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond: Planning and Weaving with Confidence and The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver.

  • Tommye Scanlin
  • Tommye Scanlin
  • Tommye Scanlin
  • Tommye Scanlin
  • Tommye Scanlin

Workshop Description

In this workshop students will take their skills in tapestry to new levels as they develop concept and design. Emphasis will be on individual approaches with each person focusing on their ideas and images and how best to represent those in handwoven tapestry. This is not a beginner level class, but open to intermediate to advanced-skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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