Woven Works from John Adams

Showcasing Textiles From Deborah Corsini’s Tapestry class and Janice Sullivan’s Weaving I, II, III

Photos 1 and 2 by Swan Vega from the Floor Loom Weaving class, photo 3: Tapestry weaving on a handmade frame loom

The John Adams Campus Library is proud to host this amazing selection of textiles created right here in our building!
The Weaving classes are offered through the Fashion Department
and a Textile Certificate is now available.


October 11—December 9
Reception: Monday, November 14
John Adams Campus Library
1860 Hayes Street
2nd floor, room 204
San Francisco, CA 94117
415 561-1946

Library Hours and Link:

Monday-Thursday 9:00-6:45
Friday 9:00-12:45


Tapestry is a hand woven pictorial weaving.  Students build their own frame looms and learn the techniques and language particular to this type of weaving. Color, design and history are all aspects that are examined throughout the semester. This exhibit showcases some recent student work in all of its variety. Deborah Corsini’s Tapestry class is primarily a beginning class, but many students choose to continue studying after their first semester. It is non-credit, and may be repeated as often as the student wishes. Tapestry is offered on Friday, 9:30 -1:30.

The textiles woven by the Floor Loom Weaving classes represent intermediate and advanced students. These students work on looms that are capable of weaving many yards of cloth with very intricate patterns. They also work in a variety of fibers, wool, silk, cotton and rayon. Surface design techniques can be incorporated onto the woven cloth. That means that the cloth can be hand dyed, printed or discharged (color removal) after weaving. These techniques can be applied to the warp and/or weft and enhance the cloth to create a richer, more complex surface. The Floor Loom classes taught by Janice Sullivan are credit classes, Weaving I, II, and III may be repeated a limited number of times. Weaving II & III, Monday 12:00pm – 5:00pm and Weaving I, Tuesday, 9:00am – 1:00pm.

John Adams Campus is a great place to weave!

Tapestry: The word conjures up images of the blue-green forests of medieval times, a thousand flowers, castles, hunting scenes, unicorns, and the tales and myths of knights and maidens, knaves and kings. But the rich history of tapestry is even more prodigious than that imagery suggests.  Tapestry traditions are thousands of years old and are found in cultures around the world: from Coptic or tiraz tapestries from ancient Egypt, Pre-Columbian tapestries of the Central Andes of South American, classical European Gobelin / Aubusson tapestries, kelims of central Asia, Navajo rugs, Chinese kesi, and folk tapestries from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  All are part of the vast wellspring from which contemporary tapestry artists draw inspiration.

In essence, tapestry is a hand woven pictorial weaving.  It is technically defined as a weft-faced, plain weave using discontinuous wefts. For the non-weaver this means that the weaving yarns are woven in small areas to build up a color instead of traveling from selvedge to selvedge with a shuttle. The weft yarns (the weaving yarns) completely cover the warp or structural threads that are held taught to the loom. The weft yarns create the design of the tapestry. The unique quality of tapestry is that the surface image and the construction structure are intimately connected and embedded. Various techniques are used to join and blend colors including slits, dovetailing, and interlocking. The weaving of tapestry is one of the slowest and most labor-intensive of art-making processes. Despite its time-consuming nature, tapestry is created by weavers around the world because of irresistible qualities — the depth of color, the range of designs that can be created, the challenges of the woven mark — that make tapestry unlike any other media.

– Deborah Corsini, Instructor

See the flyer for this CCSF Library Exhibition

Find books and articles on textiles in the CCSF Libraries

Find more classes in the City College of San Francisco Fashion Department

Group project copying a medieval tapestry, each student creates one section

Scarves woven by the floor loom weaving class, various techniques: Handspun yarn on Peruvian and Navajo spindles, boat shuttle


Top: projects from the floor loom weaving class
scarves and runner, double-weave wall hanging, scarf and wall hanging

Bottom: landscape based tapestries


Reception event photos,  photo credit: Alan D’Souza

Download: Weaving Assignment John Adams Campus Library

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