• During the year, Joan teaches beginning and intermediate tapestry classes in her Charlottesville,VA studio. She offers both individual instruction as well as small group weekend workshops. All supplies are provided including the use of a loom for the Beginning Tapestry Workshop. For the intermediate class student should have a loom or can rent one from me.

Joan at loom

2018 Class Schedule…Try something new this year! Perhaps Tapestry would be a good choice!

Tapestry Weaving: Beginning Tapestry Workshop….   Class dates listed below.  …I schedule my workshops in my tapestry studio over 2 consecutive days .After many years of weaving and teaching , I think it is important to have a good foundation in the basics of tapestry weaving so that a student can then move on to a more personal expression using the techniques they have learned.  The classes are held in a friendly, learning atmosphere in my studio in order to see a working studio as well as the opportunity to try various types and sizes of tapestry looms. Students also have access to a large library of tapestry books, different kinds of yarns and various approaches to designing.

The 2 day class  concentrates on the basic techniques of tapestry weaving on a portable loom. during the 12 hours of instruction, we cover 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  tapestry sampler they completed during the weekend for future reference. Check out the dates listed below. Classes are 10-4 on Sat. and 10 – 4 on Sunday. $198 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. Please register in advance since the classes are very small.( max 5 students) contact me via email below.


The Next Step:Intermediate Tapestry Class.   New Classes TBA early 2018.. After basic tapestry weaving class  what next?

  • Learn how to translate your ideas into woven tapestries.How do I figure out what it will look like before I weave it?
  • Can I weave my design?
  • What colors to choose?
  • What sett do I use? What warp size?
  • How do I finish my tapestry?
  • How do I figure out what technique to use for a shape?
  • I need some feedback on my tapestry weaving?

Workshop designed for those who have taken a basic tapestry class but want to advance their knowledge from any level .  Student should have a tapestry loom or can rent one from me. $175. please register in advance . . contact me via email below.


Ongoing: Pick the date that works for you!

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. Minimum 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)

2018 Class Schedule: Because of small class size please register in advance via email address above.

Beginning Tapestry Workshops Winter /Spring  2018 ..

February 3 and 4

April 7/8..this class is filling but a few spaces available.


June 2/3..this class is filling but a few spaces available.


Intermediate Tapestry Workshops:

TBA shortly. spring me if you wish to be notified.




What students have said about the tapestry workshops:

“The workshop was amazing! And I do plan to continue on this weaving journey. Thank you for letting me learn in your studio. I am humbled by your knowledge and the way you opened your studio to us.”…Lynn B.

“Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed my class. It was very kind of you to explain everything so patiently”..Deborah B.

“Thank you for your class. We all enjoyed it and learned a lot. You are a very sharing person”….Carol B.

“Thanks for a wonderful class. I feel like I learned so much. Thanks again for your patience and insight.”..Liz A.

“Had  a wonderful time and learned so much”…Molly R.

“Thank you for a great weaving workshop. I most enjoyed learning how you transform a vision of what to weave from an idea.”..Eva C.

“Thank you so much for providing  a wonderful class”..Kay S.









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