(112) FULL ~ Using Photographs to Design for Tapestry. Part 1 of 2

NOTE: This is a 1-day, 2-session class. Many of us carry a smartphone everywhere and we take lots of photos that inspire us. But how can we turn those images into tapestries? It’s not as simple as printing out the photo and saying “there’s my design” (if only!). Discover how to use your own photos as springboards for weave-able and impactful tapestry designs—and also learn what pitfalls to avoid. Learn how to distill the essence of the photo you love to convey the mood or idea that’s important to you. Make choices that ensure your weaving will be fun and successful. At the end of the workshop, you will have at least one design cartoon for a tapestry. As time permits, begin a sample weaving for your project.

This is primarily a design class using paper and pencils to explore many possible design solutions. Weaving a sample for color, shape or technique is optional.


X-Molly Elkind

Experience Level:


Class Length:

One-day Class

Class Day/Time:

Thursday Morning

Maximum Class Size:


Student Supplies:

  • At least three photos to potentially develop into a tapestry design.
  • Tracing paper.
  • Sketchbook or blank paper.
  • Pencils, black fine-line marker (sharpie), color pencils (optional).
  • Glue stick.
  • Scissors for paper.
  • Ruler.
  • Optional weaving supplies: small tapestry loom, warp and weft yarns, your usual tapestry tools.