What kind of online classes do you offer?
Introductory tapestry techniques course -- Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry.
Advanced beginner/intermediate techniques course about color -- Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry.
You can find my course catalog on the course platform HERE.
How long do I have access to the material?
You can access the material any time you want for as long as you want. I will answer questions pertaining to the course content whenever you ask them in the course.
Help! I have registered but I can't find the course site!
The class is hosted on a platform called Pathwright. One easy way to get there is to click on any registration button on my website or to go HERE. I suggest bookmarking that page on your computer. This PDF shows some screen shots of how to sign in after you've registered. Click HERE for the PDF.
I try to register but the system doesn't do anything after I click "register"
Most likely you entered a username that the system would not accept. You should scroll back up and look for error messages. Click HERE for a PDF with some screen shots about registration.
I am a student in your classes but the platform isn't working
The technology troubleshooting sheet that is found in each of the courses can be downloaded HERE. Remember that rebooting or opening a new window can often fix things. Also please note that recommended browsers are Chrome, Firefox, and Safari in that order. If your system is many years old and you have not updated your operating system or your browser, things may not work. I cannot be responsible for you not doing updates!
To test whether the course platform works on your system, go to THIS LINK and then see if you can watch the trailer video indicated by the arrow in the photo below. If you see weird things or error messages and you are still running OS 10.7, consider updating your system before registering for the class. I am not as familiar with PC systems, but make sure you have software that was updated in the last couple years.
Are there specific start dates?
There are not currently start dates. You can register and start any class today. However, in one instance, the Warp and Weft All-Three course as well as the Part 1, 2, 3 sequence, I may institute start dates again in the spring of 2017. This class works very well when students are at about the same place in the material and having start dates facilitates this. There will be either two or three start dates per year.
There will not be start dates for the Color Gradation Techniques class (or any of it's parts) or the Little Looms class.
How is the beginning techniques class set up?
Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry is a three-part class. Part 1 lays the foundation with good skills in warping, bubbling, beating, making your header, and learning some basic weaving concepts and terms. Part 2 works through making joins and angles. Part 3 moves into using curves, cartoons, design, and troubleshooting various problems in tapestry. You can also take all three parts as one class called All-Three-in-One in the course catalog.
How is the Color Gradation Techniques class different from your Warp and Weft class?
Warp and Weft is the class for people who need the basics. It has all the information you need to know to be a successful tapestry weaver. It lays the foundation. Color Gradation Techniques is for people who have some experience with tapestry and want to learn some more advanced techniques specifically for dealing with form and color.
I have noticed that some of the sections of the Color Gradation Techniques class are similar to the ones in Warp and Weft. Should I still take those parts of the Color Gradation Techniques class?
There is some information in the Color Gradation Techniques (CGT) class that is a repeat of what you learned in Warp and Weft. All of the videos in CGT are new with the exception of the Swivel Technique video and part of the Straight Diagonals video (these are optional and are for people who didn't take Warp and Weft). The Irregular Hatching section especially has a lot of similar information. There is information on Regular Hatching and Pick and Pick which was also covered in Warp and Weft. In all of these cases I take these techniques much farther than we did in the introductory course, the goal being to apply them to design questions in your real tapestry work. Most of the CGT course is brand new material and I don't think you will regret taking the whole course!
What are your online classes like?
My classes are heavily video based. Each class has several hours of video instruction complimented by extensive handouts with drawings and diagrams. You will have the advantage of asking me questions, interacting with other students in discussion forums, uploading photos of your progress for tips and suggestions (and kudos!). At the end of each part of the course there will be a series of exercises to further your thinking about design and to practice the concepts you have learned in the prior weeks. The class is hosted in a platform with clear steps to follow in a linear fashion.
What have people who have taken the class said? Can I see the kinds of things I will be weaving?
There is a review page for this class and you can see it by clicking HERE! I have included videos with samplers and projects created by students in the classes.
I've never taken an online class before and I am worried I won't be able to figure out how it works.
Online education takes so many different forms these days. My particular classes take place in a platform called Pathwright. This is a platform which is easy and intuitive to use (you can see bits of this platform in the trailer video for Warp and Weft HERE). Once you sign up, you will be directed to the platform where the first videos will help you figure out what equipment and supplies you'll need for the class. The learning materials are presented in video and printed form. If there is a video to watch, you will see it in the Pathwright program and push play right there to view it. There are sections where you can ask questions which I will answer and there are documents (PDFs) which you can download and print. This class does not contain any face-to-face interactions through FaceTime or Skype. You will work at your own pace and ask questions as you go along. I am always available to troubleshoot any questions before you even sign up, so email me!
What materials will I need for the Warp and Weft class?
There is a video called Tapestry Tools which you can watch as soon as you register for the class. This video shows you all the various materials you can use for the class and which ones are required. If you need help deciding before you register, you can download a PDF containing a list of suggested and required materials as well as a little discussion about looms appropriate for tapestry.
The materials list for the Warp and Weft class is HERE.
The materials list for the Color Gradation Techniques class is HERE.
Do I have to have a Mirrix loom to take your courses?
NO! Mirrix makes great looms, but so do other people. A good tapestry loom has nice strong and even tension. That is the primary criteria for a loom. Rigid heddle looms are the one kind of loom I will strongly discourage using. There are some videos on my blog that can give you ideas about looms, and then ask questions!
The cutest little loom you ever did see (about pipe looms)
I don't know what yarn to buy. Help!
In the Warp and Weft class, there is a handout detailing various available weft yarns. In the Color Gradation Techniques class, the first section (Color Theory Basics and Weft Yarns for Tapestry) contains a long video and handout about weft yarns from around the world. I talk about my favorites and why you'd use one over the other. You can take just this part of the Color Gradation Techniques class even if you're a complete beginner and want to do the Warp and Weft class.
If you need to see the yarns in person, I sell a yarn card with samples of 19 tapestry yarns from 12 different manufacturers around the world. You can find them on the Shop page of my website HERE.
Do you offer your classes without instruction?
Yes. There is a self-directed version of both classes which does not include any instruction from me. It is offered at a significant discount. You will be able to have discussions with other students taking your class and all the material is the same as that in the classes I actively teach. I recommend participating in the interactive format classes where you will get feedback from myself and learn with other students. However, some people learn better without the community class, so if you feel the self-directed course is more your style, bring it on!
Is the material time-limited?
No! You can take as long as you want to finish your course.
Can I start with Part 2 or 3 of the Warp and Weft class?
I will strongly discourage you from doing this. The few people who have started with Part 2 have had a significant amount of difficulty picking up in the middle. Several of them went back and registered for Part 1. This program is intended to be taken sequentially and understanding the steps of how I teach from the beginning is important to being successful in later parts. If you are someone who has taken many workshops with me in person, please talk to me about whether you might be the exception to this.
Everyone weaves and teaches tapestry differently. There is no standardized set of rules for the medium, so I am teaching the most successful ways to do the techniques from my perspective. If your prior teachers weave very differently than I do, chances are you'll be confused by starting in the middle of the course. The course is broken up into three parts for people who don't have time to take the whole thing at once, but each part does build on the one before.
Are the videos subtitled?
A few of the videos are subtitled. I am working on subtitling all of them, but if you are hearing-impaired, you will have difficulty with these videos. Most of the teaching shows my hands only and not my lips. Please let me know if you require subtitles and I will email you when they are finished.
English is not my first language. Can I still take your course?
Yes. I have had several students from French Canada and from Spanish-speaking countries in Europe and South America successfully complete a course. There are no language subtitles yet, but if your English is reasonably good, you will be able to take the course with a little extra work. I only speak a very little bit of Spanish, so don't count on me being able to answer questions in your language.
I live in the mountains of rural Alaska and I don't have fast enough internet to watch videos. Will you have this content available in DVD format?
No. At this time I don't have this course available in a DVD format. It was designed as an interactive online course. That isn't to say it won't be available one day, but that day isn't today.
I have registered but I can't figure out how to get into the class!
You should receive an email from Pathwright immediately after registering. If you don't see it, it may have gone to your spam folder. If you can't find the confirmation, go to this link: https://rebeccamezoff.pathwright.com/school/catalog/ which is the home page for my classes on Pathwright. From there you can sign in with the password you created when you registered or you can reset your password if you don't remember it. Please email me if you have questions (there is a HELP menu at the top right of the Pathwright page).
What are the computer system requirements for this class?
You must have an internet connection fast enough to stream video. Dial-up will not be fast enough. Cable, DSL, or broadband of some kind will all work. Browser recommendations are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Safari also works just fine. It is always best to have the latest version of your browser installed and be running a recent operating system. If you're still running the platform that came on your desktop computer in the 90's, I highly recommend upgrading your computer equipment before trying to access this class. Any of the more recent Mac and PC operating systems work well.
This platform works on iPad and is also mobile responsive. If you pay for your internet by the gigabyte, this course isn't for you unless you are willing to pay for much more data. There are many hours of video to stream.
What types of payment do you take and how do I pay for it?
Payment is taken through the Pathwright system. They use a payment system called Stripe which will keep your credit card information secure. If you don't have a credit card and would still like to take the course, please contact me and we will work out an alternate means of payment. You will not be able to register until the payment goes through.
Can I get a refund?
I don't give refunds on this material. Please ask questions before you purchase. I believe in my courses and I think you will find that they are everything I and my current students say they are.
Please note: The only issues I have had with people wanting refunds were centered around internet access. I am serious when I say that you cannot do this course if you have dial up internet or if you pay for your internet by the GB (if you use a cell phone plan for instance, unless you don't mind paying extra or have unlimited data).
Do not register for my courses if you don't have broadband. I will not give refunds for this or any other reason.