Tommye McClure Scanlin – Nov 2022


Tommye McClure Scanlin is Professor Emerita, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, where she began the weaving program in the 1970s. She has exhibited her tapestries widely and is the author of The Nature of Things: Essays of a Tapestry Weaver (University of North Georgia Press, 2020) and Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond: Planning and Weaving with Confidence (Schiffer Publishing, 2021). Her article, “Paper Weaving–Intriguing and Inspiring,” appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Handwoven magazine. Visit her website:

Workshop: Loom-less Paper Weaving
November 5 and 6, 2022 (Saturday and Sunday)
More details below (after lecture description)


  • Guild members: $35
  • Non-members: $70
  • Materials fee: Students provide their own materials

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Lecture on Nov 2, 2022 at 10:00 am (during the guild meeting):
The Nature of Things: A Life in Tapestry Weaving
Zoom & Luther Burbank Art and Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa (map)
Non-Guild Members welcome

I am an artist who observes and responds to my surroundings for inspiration. My primary artistic medium is handwoven tapestry, an ancient method of working with fibers to create images. As I seek images and ideas to interpret into tapestry I experience my surroundings as closely as I can. Photographs, sketches, paintings, and writings all are part of the research I put into my work.

I have been living in the southern Appalachian mountains for most of my life and my surroundings are filled with the natural forms of woods, streams, and fields. My eyes are frequently drawn to the myriad details of the landscape and many of my tapestries are based on aspects of those details, simplified and enlarged in a weaving.

Workshop on November 5 & 6, 2022, from 10AM-Noon Pacific (Saturday and Sunday):
Loom-less Paper Weaving

Weaving with paper strips can be an end in itself and can also open a world of ideas about color, pattern, and texture to take to other methods. In the workshop we’ll explore simple to more complex ways to prepare and interweave strips of papers of all kinds. Although easy to do, the results can appear quite complex because the colors or patterns of the strips can give unexpected relationships between the warp and weft. After the workshop, Tommye will assemble a Powerpoint presentation with photos of students’ completed works with comments from students and instructor that we can present during show and tell in the next guild meeting.

Students will be emailed written instructions/handouts in advance of the first Zoom meeting. Instructor will be available via email to answer questions prior to and following the workshop pertaining to the presented information.

Suggested materials include:

  • Papers of all kinds, colors, and decorative patterning can be used. Anything that can be easily manipulated usually will work– for instance, copy and scrapbooking papers; junk mail; old greeting cards.
  • Ruler (preferably with metal or with metal edge)
  • Scissors for cutting paper, and/or X-Acto knife and cutting board
  • Pencil or pen
  • Paper Cutter (optional)
  • Adhesive (glue stick, PVA, double-stick tape, regular cellophane tape, painter’s or masking tape)

Class size: Minimum of 17, Maximum of 25 students

Ability level: All levels; Beginners welcome

Workshop fee: $35 (members) or $70 (non-members)

Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be made for cancellations if the remaining registration exceeds the minimum participant requirement for the workshop. Refunds will not be made for workshop costs already incurred at the time of cancellation (such as materials fees).

For more information: Contact Trudie Folsom,