Textiles: Mending, Unraveling & Weaving

January 10, 2024 - April 03, 2024



This contemporary craft-based course will offer hands-on demonstrations and assignments structured to develop skills in visible mending, felting, weaving and tapestry. The class will introduce contemporary artists, current writers and thinkers working with textiles, and what it means to mend, unravel and weave in our lives and art practices. Students will be supported and challenged at their individual skill level to develop projects that combine the learnt textile techniques with conceptual content. This unique course will conclude with two sessions on tapestry weaving from Janna Maria Vallee, an experienced fibre artist who specializes in tapestry instruction. No previous textile experience necessary.

Special Instructions

This online course will be held via Zoom. Students will receive a link one week ahead of the start of the course.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List

Items required for the first class:

- fabric pieces

- embroidery needle

- embroidery cotton (2-3 colours minimum) or thin yarn (fits in your embroidery needle)

- personal textile item to patch

- paper or sketchbook and pencil

- medium size embroidery hoop (6-8”)

- fabric scissors


Additional items to be discussed during the first class:

- darning needle

- knit or crocheted wool object to take apart

- choice of felting needle, crochet hook or knitting needles (to be discussed in class)

- cardboard

- yarn, fingering or worsted weight in at least 3 different colour ways

- loom: Make your own PVC pipe loom for under $20 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kDTr-B-P7A) or a tapestry loom. (Everlea Tapestry Loom or Everlea Mini Loom: https://www.everleayarn.ca/collections/everlea-brand/looms)

- two tapestry needles or Everlea Weaving Needles

January 10, 2024 - April 03, 2024
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm