Exploring Textiles: Tapestry Weaving


Under the guidance of master weaver Ixchel Suarez, this four-week course will see participants explore the art of tapestry weaving. With reference to exhibitions at Oakville Galleries, tapestries of historical significance and commissions undertaken by the Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre, students will work hands-on with tapestry frames. Introductory techniques—including shaping and shading—will serve as the foundation for the course, with more complex techniques such as creating circles, using supplementary warps and making textured tapestry will be subsequently explored. Participants will also experiment with hatching, blending and cartoon making. This program is suitable for beginner and intermediate students. Participants with previous experience may be able to complete more than one sample during the program.

  • Ages 18+
  • $153 ($180 for non-members) + HST



Saturdays, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
30 September – 21 October 2017


Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens
1306 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville

What to bring

All materials are provided. Participants may bring extra yarns if interested in working with specific colours or textures. Designs for future tapestry projects can be brought to class for the instructor's feedback.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation with a refund must be applied for at least 7 days before your program begins. Refunds are subject to a $15 administrative fee. There are no refunds for cancellations requested less than 7 days before the program begins. Please allow 2-4 weeks for refunds by cheque.

Instructor Bio

Ixchel Suarez has worked as a textile and fibre artist for over 35 years. A dedicated weaver that explores different materials and tapestry techniques in non-conventional ways, Ixchel has received many awards and acclamations as an artist and educator throughout her career. She has held positions as University Professor in the School of Design at Anahuac University and Docent at the Textile Museum of Canada. Ixchel holds a Masters Degree in Museum Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, a Diploma in the History of Art, and has studied at the post-graduate level in Contemporary Textiles in Poland. She has taken courses in natural dyes, fashion design, pattern transformations, Batik, diverse reserve techniques, as well as many other fibre and textile related courses. Founder of the Textile School Textile Creativo in 1989 in Mexico City, since 2007 Ixchel has worked as the Founding Director of the Oakville Arts Studio Inc and is currently the Founding Director of the not-for-profit Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre.