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Tapestry weaving initiation workhop - 2 days, in Tours, France

Tapestry weaving initiation workhop - 2 days, in Tours, France

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Learn about the technique of high-warp tapestry in Tours!

For two days, you will have the unique opportunity to learn the authentic weaving technique of the Manufacture des Gobelins : vertical tapestry weaving.

We will meet in my studio, in Tours, behind the cathedral, and I will teach you the basics of tapestry: it will be an opportunity for a moment of exchange and conviviality!

The first day (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.-5 p.m.), I will guide you through the first stages of your work: choosing your cartoon, choosing your wool colors, tracing on the loom. It will then be time to start your little work (15cm x 15cm tapestry). Thanks to the tools available, you will learn to weave, to master your fabric, to create basic shapes, and to see your tapestry being built little by little.

The second day (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / 2 p.m.-5 p.m. or 6 p.m. if some wish ), the weaving continues, becomes a little more complex (flecked technique, gradient, round shapes), you will become more comfortable, and will be able to finish your work. Once the finishing touches are completed, it will be the big moment of the "cut" : you will then be able to leave with your little tapestry !

A small booklet will be given to you to guide you during the course, which you can keep as a souvenir.

NB: The practice of tapestry requires concentration and patience. It is a very technical craft, which requires several preparatory stages before the actual weaving.
Through this course, I intend to teach you these different techniques, essential to creating a quality tapestry.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- use a small vertical loom and traditional high-warp tapestry tools
- prepare your cartoon and transfer it to your loom
- produce quality, flawless fabric
- create basic shapes (slopes, lines, curves, circles)
- understand heather and the gradient technique
- finish your tapestry

Places limited to 4-5 students per course.
The workshop is open to English-spoken students.

The entire course takes place at the workshop, 1 rue Blanqui, 37000 Tours. All practical details will be sent to you by email before the course.

New workshop dates will appear at the beginning of 2024 for the months of February and March.

For any questions or requests, you can write to me at the following address:

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