During the year, Joan teaches beginning and intermediate tapestry classes in her Charlottesville, VA studio. She offers both individual instruction as well as small weekend group workshops. All supplies are provided including the use of a loom.

Joan at loomTapestry Weaving: The Basics and More. The 2 day class concentrates on the basic techniques of tapestry weaving on a lap held loom. The classes are held in a friendly, learning atmosphere in the artist’s studio in order to see a working studio as well as the opportunity to try various types and sizes of tapestry looms. The 2 day class covers the basics of tapestry weaving such as warping the loom, finishing and various design shaping techniques. Tapestry weaving is a uniIMG_3942que , timeless technique but can be adapted in a multitude of colorful ways to the challenges of contemporary designs. Each student will take home a small tapestry sampler they completed during the weekend. Classes are offered several weekends in the spring, early summer and the fall. Classes are 10-4 on Sat. and 10 – 4 on Sunday. $190 for both days and all supplies included. No previous tapestry experience is necessary. For those from out of town there are many nearby motels available. The photo on the right is from the second day of a beginning student’s work.




2015 Class Schedule: New dates for 2015 classes. March 21 and 22 has been completed.  The  June 6 and 7 is filled ..Openings are available for the August 1 &2 class. Beginning tapestry classes..10-4 each day.


I frequently schedule individual instruction for those that cannot come at the scheduled times and wish to continue their tapestry education. Only requirement is that you have taken a basic tapestry class and have a loom.

Open Studio: After the basic tapestry class what next? Sign up in advance for a time that meets your schedule. We can focus on designing, review and or new techniques, how to work with  color and solving particular weaving challenges. Designed for those who have had a basic tapestry class and would like assistance continuing  on a design  or starting something new. Bring your design ideas and loom to work on your tapestry. Focus on your particular design concerns; get advice and technical solutions. Plan colors, warp your loom, review ideas and learn new techniques. $25 per hour or $80 for 4 hours( maybe divided into two – 2 hour sessions). Please register in advance but this option is ongoing. Pick a date and check with me.

For more information contact Joan Griffin. or joangriffintapestry at  .. (substitute @ for at)




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