Introduction to Modern Tapestry Weaving

May 6 – May 7, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Tapestry weaving is not a new craft form by any means, but the endless variations one can employ while weaving can lead to exciting, modern takes on this traditional craft!

In this workshop, students will learn (or review) the basics: fibers, assembling a loom, warping, stitches and knots, shapes, space and finishing techniques. We will create woven wall hangings.

As we weave, we will explore ways to combine, deconstruct and distill those traditional basics down to the ones that bring you the most joy; resulting in your own unique and modern style.

We will learn about the concept of flow and reject the notion of mistakes – all while exploring playfulness and the possibilities different fibers present.

Everyone will leave with at least one finished woven wall hanging.

Students of all levels are welcome.

Skills and Techniques:
• Loom assembly
• Fiber types and attributes
• Tapestry stitches and knots
• Creating geometric and organic shapes
• Finishing techniques
• Nontraditional manipulation of techniques and fibers
• Finding your voice and style as a weaver

Materials Fee: $86 – $245

Looms and warp string can be found at:

Please purchase:
• a 20- or 36-inch loom (20 in. portable is not recommended for this class)
• a roll of warp string

Special Tools or Equipment:

Please bring a Philips head screwdriver, scissors, pen, paper and a tote bag.

Bobbie will bring some supplemental fibers you can buy on site, but each student should bring:

• If using a 20-inch loom, bring 1lb (or 1000g) of chunky, bulky and/or jumbo yarns. This should give you enough for a 20×24 inch wall hanging.
• If using a 36-inch loom, bring at least 2lbs (2000g) of chunky, bulky or jumbo yarn. This should be enough for a 36×36 inch wall hanging.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our Main Office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.
Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.
A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date.
A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class.Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.