What Students Say...

Elizabeth Buckley helped me to solve some problems, clarified some techniques, and I even experienced a couple of “Aha” moments. I feel that I am another step closer to finding my tapestry voice and truly connecting with my loom and materials.

—Doreen Trudel, Seattle Weaving Guild workshop

Espanola Valley Fiber Art Center  photo credit: Elizabeth J. Buckley

Espanola Valley Fiber Art Center photo credit: Elizabeth J. Buckley

It was such a pleasure to be in Elizabeth Buckley’s workshop, ”The Visual Heartbeat of Tapestry,” at Espanola Valley Fiber Art Center. She is an exceptional teacher and artist....very knowledgeable and able to clearly convey that knowledge to students. Elizabeth met each individual student at their point of need and showed the way...at your side...demonstrating techniques...watching to see that you manage it correctly. Everyone left with a sense of accomplishment and a clear path to follow. —Beth Gustafson

I flew in from Texas to take the "Curves in Tapestry" workshop at Elizabeth Buckley's studio.  It was truly incredible.  Although the subject matter is daunting to many of us, the way in which she presented the material was easy to understand and enlightening.

Elizabeth is a gifted teacher and a very pleasant person.  I very much appreciate her openness to sharing her talents with those of us just starting the journey of tapestry weaving.  I look forward to several more of Elizabeth Buckley's classes and do not hesitate to recommend them to others.

--Regina Dale

For twenty plus years I have been a restorer of Native American textiles.  Elizabeth Buckley's workshop on "Explorations of Light and Dark:  the Use of Value in Tapestry Design" was a huge breakthrough for me. 

She helped me to overcome my mental block against design through exercises with line and value, which were then shared with the class in all-embracing, thoughtful and very kind conversations.  She easily matched her teaching level to the students’ experience, providing technical fine points to those who needed it and basic how-to’s to novices.  Elizabeth is a joyful, articulate, funny and a hugely talented and intuitive teacher.  My only regret is that I don’t live in a corner of her studio!

--Debbie Davis, 2013 Intermountain Weavers Conference

"Explorations in Light and Dark: The Use of Value in Tapestry Design" workshop at Intermountain Weavers Conference 2013

"Explorations in Light and Dark: The Use of Value in Tapestry Design" workshop at Intermountain Weavers Conference 2013

Elizabeth Buckley traveled to Tucson to teach "Shading Techniques in Tapestry" to our Tapestry Study Group.


I found Elizabeth to be a most knowledgeable and talented instructor.  Her enthusiasm for all forms of tapestry is infectious.  Part of her success as a teacher is her organization, having all materials ready to go the minute the class started, but not hesitating to help a student who was struggling with the basics.  Short explanations and lecture sessions were interspersed throughout the workshop, increasing in complexity, to accommodate the student's increasing knowledge.  I would recommend her classes to any one.

--Wendy Webster, Tucson, AZ


Elizabeth's "Shading Techniques in Tapestry" workshop in Tucson was outstanding.  Everyone felt they learned many new techniques.  Elizabeth was very accommodating to each student answering questions and providing advise and suggestions.  Our four days passed too quickly but I was able to finish my small sample in class.  I am pleased with the results.  

--Betty Headrick, Tucson Handweavers and Spinner's Guild


I have been working steadily on my tapestry of Santa Barbara dome reflected in water. I am fully engaged in the image I chose, my leanings always towards realism. The shading options I learned in Elizabeth's workshop helped me move in the direction of "impressionism" and yet remain in my comfort zone.

--Adrienne M. Moore-Mortimer


I am delighted to say that my experience as a student of Elizabeth Buckley's "Tucson Shading Techniques" four-day workshop was extremely positive. She is a most generous teacher, and warm and lovely person. I have recommended her workshops to my guild in Chicagoland.

--Loraine Stillman

workshop yarns--partial palette

workshop yarns--partial palette

Students traveled from AFAR-- California, Arizona, Colorado, Las Cruces, El Dorado, Los Alamos--for  the four-day intensive studio workshop:

Creating Illusory Space in Tapestry

Very happy weavers on lunch break outside my studio: Front row: Maddie, Marilyn, Ann, Marcia Back row: Lavonne, Debbie, Leslie

Very happy weavers on lunch break outside my studio: Front row: Maddie, Marilyn, Ann, Marcia Back row: Lavonne, Debbie, Leslie

It was a great class!  And it was a fun group of weavers.  It is such a treat to hang out with people who share our passion for warp and weft.  I will fondly remember those four days for a long time.       --Marcia Ellis 

Today back at the office my coworkers asked about my vacation and added that I looked tired (don't you love to hear that?) Well, I am, a good kind of tired!  Thank you, Elizabeth, for this wonderful class. I thought hard, tried new techniques and a very loud palette, and was surprised by how useful that gray-scale exercise was. Thank you, everyone, for your support, fun, kindness, brilliance and generosity. Spending 4 days with you was very special and will stay with me for a long time.      --Debbie Davis

Like everyone, I had a wonderful experience with your workshop, Elizabeth.  Thank-you for sharing your tribal knowledge.     --Maddie Tsurusaki

Marilyn and Debbie at their looms

Marilyn and Debbie at their looms

Maddie and Lavonne (n background) at their looms

Maddie and Lavonne (n background) at their looms

On the learning experience from a studio workshop...

I feel fortunate that so many tapestry weavers are willing to teach and to share their knowledge of the craft. This past year was extraordinarily full of workshops for me, and I learned a lot from all of them, but there was something special about yours.

Your four-day class was well-planned to take us through the steps that will lead to a tapestry, but there was even more to it than that. I think it was actually being in your studio that makes it different from all the rest. We (I and most students, I think) are trying to learn technique, but we are also trying to learn process--how you actually create a tapestry, how you get from idea to design to finished piece. So to be in your studio, to look at your loom, your finished pieces hanging on the walls, your books, your art supplies, your closet full of yarn, etc., is to be surrounded by all of the clues we need.

For instance, I was only half paying attention while you were explaining the steps that led to your “Petroglyph and Prairie,” but later when I was free, I was able to look at the pieces--drawings, cartoon, yarn sample card--and rethink the process at my own pace. Whenever someone had a question about how to do something, from tapestry techniques to finishing, you could pick up a book or one of your own tapestries that would be a perfect example. It would be impossible for a traveling teacher to have all that handy. How can you anticipate all the questions students might have? Or the tools or yarn they might need? And simply being in your creative space taught us things that we would not have thought to ask. For example, seeing your drawings on the walls and coming to realize that one of them was not going to be a tapestry but understanding that it had its own purpose was instructive and interesting. I even wonder if there might not be some magic just in spending time where so much creativity takes place.

So, thank you for sharing your knowledge and your space with us. It was wonderful.

 --Nancy Nordquist