Continuing education classes are being taught remotely. Studio classes have live remote meetings. Basic requirements to take a class are an internet connection, computer, and an internet linked camera (like a cell phone). Most classes will be hosted through Zoom or MassArt Moonami. For specific course requirements, contact the CE office at or your instructor. New classes are being added, keep checking!

Introduction to Weaving: Backstrap and Tapestry Summer 2021


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Mondays, Wedn



This online course features the following types of interaction:

  • Live meetings
  • Live critiques

In this course, we will learn to weave without the constraints of heavy looms or expensive equipment. Using simple materials, we will build backstrap and tapestry looms that can easily be used at home or on the go, and will greatly expand the possibilities of your studio practice! We will study the history of strip woven cloth in Ghana, Japan, and Central America, global tapestry traditions, as well as current weaving practices in Contemporary art. Through, lectures, critiques, readings, and discussions, the course will focus on development of a personal approach to the medium. 

Note: Our classes are enrollment driven.  Please check with Continuing Education before you buy materials.


Backstrap Loom Kit

Tapestry Loom (any size) OR wood frame and a flat wooden stick

Tapestry needle

At least 3 colors cotton weaving yarns (size 8/4) for backstrap Assortment of sizes/ textures/ materials for tapestry weft (bulky knitting and crochet yarns will work too)


Optional Materials:

  • Tapestry beater (can also use a fork instead)
  • Warping board
  • Additional flat or tapestry shuttles
  • Circle or triangle-shaped tapestry frame
  • Additional colors 8/4 cotton weaving yarns


Jenine Shereos is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in fiber and textile processes. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and published in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Frame Magazine, Make Magazine, Textile Plus Magazine, and Mary Schoeser’s publication; Textiles: The Art of Mankind. Shereos is also a … Read more