Elizabeth Buckley: Landscape in Tapestry | August 25-29, 2019

Elizabeth Buckley: Landscape in Tapestry | August 25-29, 2019

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Incorporate the pristine setting along the South Shore of Lake Superior in your tapestry weavings. All levels welcome.

Check In: Sunday, August 25th, 2019 | Check Out: Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Tuition + Materials + Meals: $975 per person
With Shared Lodging Package: $1,475 per person
With Private Lodging Package: $1,895 per person

Private lodging via our lodging partner for this retreat is now full. Registrants may call the Wild Rice Retreat office (715) 779-0178 for assistance coordinating other private lodging in the area.

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A 5.5% tax on tuition/meals will be added to the retreat rates displayed online. Deposits will not include tax and will be applied to overall retreat registration fees. Guests making a deposit online will receive follow-up written communication showing applicable remaining fees, including taxes.

Full payment of any remaining fees is due 60 days prior to the retreat start date. New registrations made less than 60 days prior to the retreat start date will require full payment of all retreat related registration fees.

Do you have a companion who would like to join you for the Bayfield experience without attending the educational components?. Companion Rates are available for one companion over the age of 18 and one per registered retreat participant. Companion rates entitle the companion to lodging, all retreat package meals, and use of Wild Rice Retreat facilities.

$30 supply fee due to instructor upon arrival.


The landscape is about one’s relationship with the earth, as well as a sense of place. The response in tapestry can be small and intimate, or large scale; abstract, representational, or somewhere in between. During this retreat workshop, we will incorporate the setting along the shore of Lake Superior with the language of tapestry.  We will look at different ways of describing water and quality of light in a weaverly manner.  We will work with effects of transparency through use of hachures and weft bundle mixtures. We will explore the varied aspects of the landscape, how to distill and interpret into woven form. The possibilities are endless!   

Students can expect to go through the process of developing a design, making a cartoon, and beginning the weaving of a small tapestry, or a study of a larger design, which they will complete at home, after the workshop. Students need to have a working knowledge of basic tapestry techniques and come with a warped loom. Materials fee of $30.00 will cover handouts, art supplies and wool weft yarns for a 6” x 8” project.



  • Portable looms warped 8 inches wide, 8 - 9 epi with 12/9 or 12/6 cotton seine twine: Suggested looms: Shannock,

  • Mirrix, Hagen, Copper Pipe  

  • Two or three examples of your work

  • Sketches, your own photos of ideas you have for landscape in tapestry

  • Sketchpad, camera (the one on your phone is fine) 

  • A few colored pencils

  • Sketching pencils, such as 2B, 4B, 6B, and white polymer eraser

  • Notebook and pens for taking notes

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

  • Ruler

  • Black Sharpie markers, fine and ultra-fine

  • Awl

  • Yarn needle

  • Hand beaters

  • Bobbins, if you use them

  • Portable table lamp (optional)


Please note that this schedule is subject to change and will be finalized in the weeks leading up to the retreat.

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4:00 - 6:00 pm                     Arrival and Check-in at Wild Rice Retreat

6:00 - 7:15 pm                      Welcome Dinner at Wild Rice Retreat

7:30 - 9:00 pm                     Instructor’s Meet & Greet with Students + Students get settled in the studio



8:00 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 am – 11:45 am             Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm          Lunch Buffet 

1:00 pm - 4:00pm                Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

5:00 pm- 7:30 pm               Dinner on your own in Bayfield or area (a list of restaurants will be provided at check-in)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm              Optional fire outside at Wild Rice Retreat, weather permitting 



8:00 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 am – 11:45 am             Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm           Lunch Buffet 

1:00 pm - 4:00pm                Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

4:30 pm                                Free time and dinner on your own in Bayfield + Optional Music in the Park



8:00 am - 8:45 am               Breakfast Buffet 

9:00 am – 11:45 am             Class Time

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm          Lunch Buffet 

1:00 pm - 4:00pm               Class Time (a snack will be set out mid-afternoon, coffee/water/tea available all day)

6:00 - 7:30 pm                     Dinner at Wild Rice Retreat 

7:30 - 9:00 pm                     Free Evening / Optional Fire at Wild Rice Retreat, weather permitting



Check out of lodging (luggage may be stored at Wild Rice Retreat)   

8:00 am - 8:45 am                Breakfast buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

9:00 am – 11:45 am             Class Time

12:00 pm                              Lunch buffet at Wild Rice Retreat

1:00 – 2:00 pm                     Clean-up and Departure


Elizabeth Buckley is a second-generation tapestry artist and teacher of over 50 years, who’s work evolved from using techniques of the Mexican and Rio Grande traditions to those of French tapestry. She further honed her skills in Aubusson, France at the atelier of Gisèle Brivet.  With her degree in art, Elizabeth brings to the classroom her deep grounding in design principles and color theory that specifically apply to tapestry. She draws from multiple tapestry traditions to provide her students with the technique vocabulary for finding and expressing their own unique voice. 

Elizabeth Buckley’s tapestries have a lengthy exhibition history, including national and Canadian juried and invitational shows, as well as in museum exhibitions.  Her work is in numerous private collections, and was featured in the Fiber Art Nowarticle on “An Artist’s Sense of Place,” Fall 2017 issue.  Her publications include:  FiberArts Design Book V and Carol K. Russell’s The Tapestry Handbook:  the Next Generation, and Contemporary International Tapestry.  In 2011, Elizabeth was awarded the American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence in Tapestry.

contact // elizabeth@elizabethbuckleytapestryartist.com 
web // www.elizabethbuckleytapestryartist.com 
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Lodging and Meal Rates & Info

All lodging costs listed are per person/per night costs. Due to the format of retreats, meal plans are required of all participants to maximize time with other students and instructors, while still providing time to explore Bayfield and the surrounding community. Please reference the cancellation policy as needed.