October 4 through December 15, 2022
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Summary of Term Catalog (details follow)
Last minute reschedule means one opening in the November 12 Natural Dye Workshop with Francisco Bautista. Details found on the Summer 2022 catalog page.
October 4 through December 15. Open Studio $200. Come as often as you can when the building is open. Tuesdays 10am-3pm, Thursdays 10am-3pm. First two Wednesdays and first Saturday each month,10am-3pm. Daily rate is $25. (Half-term, five consecutive weeks may be an option in specific circumstances-please inquire.)
Open Studio participants need to have basic tapestry and/or Navajo style weaving knowledge, by experience or by completing a basic class/workshop as listed below. Roving Instructors work every Tuesday and Thursday, and the first Wednesday, to answer questions, teach techniques, help solve problems and enhance the path of your learning.
Classes and Workshops–In Person
Tapestry on Tuesday. Oct 4-Dec 13. 10am-3pm. Terry Olson. Choose any 5 Tuesdays for your class. $250 plus $40 loom and materials.
Tapestry on a Navajo-Style Loom. Thursdays. Oct 6-Dec 15. 10am-3pm. Kevynne Layne. Choose any 5 Thursdays for your class. $250 plus materials.
Raised Outline Pick and Pick. 5 Wednesdays, Nov 30, Dec 7 & 14, Jan 4 & 11. 10am-3pm. Kiki Dembrow. $250 plus materials. This class is not for beginners.
3-Day Beginning Tapestry Workshop. Friday-Sunday. October 21-23. 9:30am-3:30pm. Janet Dorow. $290 includes 12″x18″ copper pipe loom. Plus materials.
3-Day Beginning Tapestry Workshop.
Friday-Sunday, November 11-13. 9:30am-3:30pm. Janet Dorow. $290 includes 12″x18″ copper pipe loom. Plus materials.This workshop is canceled.
3-Day Beginning Tapestry Workshop. Friday-Sunday, December 2-4. 9:30am-3:30pm. Margaret Jeppesen. $290 include 12″ x 18″ copper pipe loom. Plus materials. THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.
Create Your Own Workshop
Pick several of your friends. Pick a topic. Pick a teacher. Pick the dates. We will try to make your workshop happen! We have instructors with a vast background of knowledge and skills in tapestry and related subjects.
Small Group Rental
Rent the building space for the day for your fiber-related activity. The rates vary, the dates are flexible. Contact us with your idea!
Fall Term Classes and Workshops Details
Tapestry on Tuesday
Choose any five Tuesdays in the term, October 4 through December 13. 10am-3pm. Cost is $250. Terry Olson works with individual students at the level of their interest and skill. Beginners welcome. Techniques you might learn include warping, meet and separate, weaving shapes, curves, lines, pick and pick, what makes a good tapestry design, color choices. Students join the Open Studio weavers, learning along with them. (No school Thanksgiving week.) Materials purchased from the school shoppe. Students are encouraged to buy a $40 copper pipe loom.
Terry Olson has been teaching tapestry and its variations for over 25 years at Damascus Fiber Arts School and at workshops. In 2020, Terry received the American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence for her tapestry, “Wilsonville Bridge over the Willamette River, 1960”. Terry loves to weave and is constantly trying new things to add to her “tapestry toolbox”. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with her students.
Terry served on the American Tapestry Alliance Board of Directors (Education) for eight years, retiring in 2022. She is a founding member of the Willamette Tapestry Artists. Her work has been in juried and open exhibits.
Tapestry on a Navajo-Style Loom
Choose any five Thursdays in the term, October 6 through December 15. 10am-3pm. Cost is $250. Kevynne Layne. In this 5-day class, students will spend one day warping the loom and planning their individual project. Over the remaining 4 days, students will learn Navajo-style techniques using traditional tools such as the fork and batten. They will practice diagonal, horizontal, and vertical patterns which are derived from classic Navajo motifs. Motivated student can complete a 5”x10” weaving. Materials purchased from the school shoppe. Class include use of the school’s looms and tools. Maximum: 5 students.
Kevynne Layne weaves on a Navajo-style loom as well as several models of Mirrix looms. Her studio time is split between the design process, cartoon construction, dyeing of colors, and the actual weaving itself. Kevynne often has two or more projects going at once, including experiments using techniques and colors in samplers for future projects.
Applying the skills she uses in graphic design and photography, Kevynne finds that it is the creative process that is most satisfying to her. She says that translating a concept or story into a tapestry that is both visual and weaverly is the challenge that excites her the most. Kevynne’s work has been exhibited in juried and open exhibits. She is a founding member of the Willamette Tapestry Artists.
Raised Outline Pick and Pick
This five Wednesdays class will be held on November 30, December 7 and 14, and January 4 and 11. 10am-3pm. Cost is $250. Kiki Dembrow. Learn how to use pick and pick to weave vertical and diagonal raised outlines for geometric and non-geometric designs. Pick and pick and raised outlines can also be used for creating interesting color patterns and gradations. Class discussion includes color choices, design options and tips for planning a cartoon. Students will weave a sampler that can serve as a guide for the techniques. This class is not suitable for beginning weavers. Materials purchased from school shoppe. Maximum: 5 students.
Kiki Dembrow became a weaver after teaching French and English for non-native speakers for 30 years. She enjoyed the challenge of creating bridges between people of different languages and cultures, but always harbored a desire to create visual images. She began weaving at Damascus Fiber Arts School in 2004, learning from Audrey Moore and Terry Olson, but she has also taken workshops with Archie Brennan, Susan Martin Maffei, Sarah Swett, and others, including workshops in Aubusson, France. She has woven and taught Raised Outline Pick and Pick for about 5 years. Kiki is a member of the American Tapestry Alliance, a founding member of the Willamette Tapestry Artists, and currently serves as President of Damascus Fiber Arts School.
3-Day Beginning Tapestry Workshop (October)
October 21-23. Friday-Monday. 9:30am-3:30pm. Janet Dorow. Cost is $290, which includes a 12″x18″ copper pipe loom. This 3-day workshop is designed for beginners and for those needing a refresher in techniques. In this small group workshop, learn the basics of tapestry. Learn how to warp the loom, then weave stripes, meet and separate, weave geometric shapes like triangles and rectangles, create smooth curves, and add colors. a full-color handout is included. Materials purchased from school shoppe. Maximum: 5 students.
Janet Dorow is a prolific tapestry artist, creating many of her designs from wildflowers and natural scenery. She admits to a secret interest in combining her love of plants with her interest in tapestry. She wants to more fully explore tapestry and continue to enjoy the learning process, which she does while teaching others to weave.
Janet has been teaching the beginning workshops for several years. She is an active volunteer at our school and is a member of the Willamette Tapestry Artists. She has shown her work in unjuried exhibits with the American Tapestry Alliance.
3-Day Beginning Tapestry Workshop (November) CANCELED
November 11-13. Friday-Monday. 9:30am-3:30pm. Janet Dorow. Cost is $290, which includes a 12″x18″ copper pipe loom. This 3-day workshop is designed for beginners and for those needing a refresher in techniques. In this small group workshop, learn the basics of tapestry. Learn how to warp the loom, then weave stripes, meet and separate, weave geometric shapes like triangles and rectangles, create smooth curves, and add colors. a full-color handout is included. Materials purchased from school shoppe. Maximum: 5 students.
Janet’s photo and bio are list just above here, by the October workshop details.
3-Day Beginning Tapestry Workshop- (December)
December 2-4. Friday-Monday. 9:30am-3:30pm. Margaret Jeppesen. Cost is $290, which includes a 12″x18″ copper pipe loom. This 3-day workshop is designed for beginners and for those needing a refresher in techniques. In this small group workshop, learn the basics of tapestry. Learn how to warp the loom, then weave stripes, meet and separate, weave geometric shapes like triangles and rectangles, create smooth curves, and add colors. a full-color handout is included. Materials purchased from school shoppe. Maximum: 4 students.
Margaret Jeppesen has been a fiber magpie since she was 6 years old. Early in 2019 she took her first tapestry class at Damascus Fiber Arts School. Since that time she has continued to explore the various tapestry techniques and share that with new weavers. Helping other begin to explore their tapestry journey has helped her deepen her understanding of the craft.
Create Your Own Workshop
Can’t find the exact right dates or topics for your tapestry needs? We will help you find the answers. Invite some friends, contact us about the subject and time, and we will try to work out a semi-private, create-your-own workshop for you. Email with questions: email@example.com
Small Group Rental
A small group can request the use of space in the building for a private or DFAS function. This is especially for any special interest group (such as Ravenstail or Raised Outline) that meets regularly. Current examples include the Ravenstail Group and Raised Outline Study Group that meet monthly and community members who create a dye day. In addition, any trained monitor can request to open the building for Open Studio for the entire community on a day DFAS is officially closed. Email with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment and Cancellation Policy
Please register by email: email@example.com. Your workshop registration is only complete when full payment has been received via PayPal, check, or cash at school. If you sent an email asking to be in a class or workshop, you will get an answer within a day. Look in your spam folder if you don’t hear from us.
- Choose your class or workshop.
- Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When you are enrolled, you will receive an email re payment options.
- Make payment and await confirmation email.
You will be contacted by your instructor 1 to 2 weeks before the workshop begins.
The Board has a policy of not turning away students who need assistance with the fees. Currently the Board works with these individuals on a case-by-case basis. For inquiries, please contact the President, Kiki Dembrow (email@example.com).
Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the enrollment maximum is reached, your name will be added to a waitlist. If an enrolled student cancels, DFAS will notify the first person on the waitlist, until the space is filled.
If a workshop is canceled for any extenuating circumstances* beyond the control of DFAS and/or the workshop instructor, full refunds will be issued to all participants. DFAS will do everything possible to avoid cancellations, including relocating the workshop within the metro area. If the class is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified at least 14 days prior to the start of the workshop and you will receive a full refund. We are not responsible for any other costs, such as travel or accommodation.
If you need to cancel your participation in a workshop for any reason, please email Damascusfiberartsschoolinfo@gmail.com or call Terry at 503.880.0722.
- Canceling 21+ days prior to workshop = 100% refund less a $35 administrative fee
- Canceling 14-20 days prior to workshop = 50% refund
- Canceling less than 14 days prior to workshop = 0% refund
- *Examples of extenuating circumstances include fire, flood, illness.
DFAS is guided by the latest requirements and guidance from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Oregon Health Authority and the fact that we are a vulnerable community. Our COVID-19 Policy is based on the latest guidelines. Our current policy requires proof of vaccination for participation in school activities and encourages everyone to stay up to date (which the CDC defines as all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccines, and a booster dose when eligible). Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination.
Currently, masks are not required indoors in Clackamas County. Masks are welcome; however, the decision to wear a mask is up to the individual. Always know things can change. If the CDC or OHA guidelines change, DFAS will let you know of any changes in our policy.
Terms & Conditions
By registering for a workshop, you are agreeing to allow photos/videos to be taken and possibly used for publicity on our school website and Facebook page.
Participants are expected to be polite and respectful. In the unlikely circumstance of intolerable behavior, a person shall be asked to leave the workshop, with no expectation of a refund.