I was recently in an exhibition in
Albany, Oregon at the gallery in Albany City Hall. One of my tapestries
was stolen off the wall. It was titled: "Variations on a Theme: Sky Series
- A Moment to Pause" Click here to see a
picture of it. Please notify me if you see it. Thanks.
Kathe Todd-Hooker has been a tapestry
weaver since 1980. She has a deep and abiding interest in historical textiles,
symbols, and how those symbols have been used in textiles. Ms. Todd-Hooker has
exhibited her art work both nationally and internationally. She holds a Masters
degree in Craft design, History, and Clothing, Textiles and Related Arts. She
lectures locally and nationally on design, tapestry, and the Russian Old
Believer. Her primary focus for the last several years has been in small
scale/small format tapestries. Ms. Todd-Hooker also teaches workshops in
tapestry technique, colour theory, design and journaling. In her spare time Ms.
Todd-Hooker is writing books on tapestry technique, avoiding housework, reading, and tormenting family and friends. She is a member of HGA,
the now defunct Tapestry Forum, a former Board Member for the American Tapestry Alliance (ATA), and past President/Vice
president of the Corvallis Handweavers Guild.
- Tapestry Books
- Writing a series of monographs on advanced
tapestry technique for Fine
101: This book is a beginning course for the person interested in learning
how to do woven tapestry. It will give you the foundation you need to
understand tapestry weaving and be able to express yourself in this wonderful
medium. There are plans for a simple, but competent loom, information on the
equipment and materials you'll need for weaving, and instructions on doing the
basic techniques that you need to know to complete your own tapestry. There is
also information on finishing and mounting your tapestry for exhibition. Even
if you have been weaving for awhile, Kathe has covered information on all
aspects of tapestry weaving that will be a help to you. (There are 108
pages of written information, diagrams, and photographs with a spiral binding
so that you can lay the book flat beside your loom as a reference while you're
weaving.) Cost: $29.00 plus shipping and handling. ($3.67 inside USA and
Canada. $8.50 outside North America.) ISBN 978-0-9753698-5-2
in Tapestry: Been weaving tapestry for awhile? Then you aware that there
are sometimes difficulties with weaving the perfect line for the situation.
Or are you a beginner who wants to get a good technical foundation? Then
knowing how to weave lines easily and correctly is important. How do you
keep it from being wavy when you need it perfectly straight? How do you
shade with dots or create a floating bar? How do you make vertical straight
lines? Or lines that travel in all directions? Are in you interested in the
linear techniques of kelims such as zilli, soumak, and cicim? What about
textured lines such as those made with chaining or brocading? How do you
tame a line and make it do what you want? This book is written about line
use, line technique, and producing lines in tapestry from the simple to the
complex. There are explanations and illustrated techniques for producing
lines for all occasions and purposes. If you want to understand line usage
in tapestry, this is the book for you. (82
pages of text, black/white drawings and photos. Spiral bound so that it lies
flat for quick reference when you're at the loom) Cost: $25.00 plus shipping
and handling ($3.67 inside USA and Canada. $8.50 outside North America.)
ISBN 0-9753698-2-2 Available from
Fine Fiber Press.
Tapestry: This book is filled with information about weaving tapestries
"out-of-the-box". There are many ways to weave a non-rectangular tapestry.
These include: shaping the loom itself, using weave structures that cause
the weaving to become shaped, and using scaffolds and other devices to hold
areas of warp that are then manipulated into 3-D shapes when the weaving is
finished. Naturally, these types of techniques require some special
finishing techniques, and this book covers those as well.
In addition, this book has a lot of information of general use to tapestry
weavers. These include: methods of stabilizing edges, choosing the warp and
weft for tapestry, overview of tools useful for tapestry weaving, tips for
beginning and ending weft threads so that you don't have a lot of extra ends
hanging off the back of the loom, tips for easily securing weft ends, how to
re-align warp ends, adding supplemental warps and wefts, hints on
controlling eccentric weaving, methods of ending and finishing tapestries,
and readying them for exhibition. There is a lot of information here that
can be applied to all types of tapestry weaving, not just shaped work.
(78 pages of text, black/white drawings and photos. Spiral bound so
that it lies flat for quick reference when you're at the loom.) Cost: $25.00
plus shipping and handling ($3.67 inside USA and Canada. $8.50 outside North
America.) ISBN 0-9753698-0-6
Fine Fiber Press.
- Russian Old-Believer's Research
- Gathering research for a book on Russian
- Studio Tapestry Work
- Teaching Workshops
- Teaching all levels of tapestry, creative
journaling and design.
Seminars and Workshops, Titles and Descriptions
CLASSES AT FINE FIBER STUDIO
For classes at Fine Fiber
Studio, there is a minimum of 4 students, maximum of 7.
To register for these classes please see the Fine Fiber
- For a list of classes offered by Pat Spark and
Kathe Todd-Hooker at Fine Fiber Studio, please link to the
Electronic mail address
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© Kathe Todd-Hooker
April 04, 2008.