A Tapestry Retreat: Plein Air Style

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A Tapestry Retreat: Plein Air Style
with Doris Florig

Medium – Wool Fiber | All Levels of Experience

May 18 – 20, 2023 | Thursday – Saturday 

Thurs 1-4 pm*; Fri 9 am – 4 pm; Sat 9 am – 12 noon

*Doris is giving a presentation to the Verde Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild at 10 am on Thursday, May 18 in the North Studio at the Sedona Arts Center.  Registered students are welcome to attend.

Learn or improve your tapestry skills while surrounded by the natural beauty of Sedona, Arizona.  While weaving on our nomadic, Navajo style looms, you will have the opportunity to select fibers hand-dyed by Doris Florig from plants and minerals . These wool yarns will play an important part in your tapestry design. Weaving Plein Air Style will allow you to capture the effects of weather and light that would otherwise be difficult to capture while producing art in a studio environment.

Contact Doris Florig, dorisflorig@gmail.com in advance to learn how this class can help you develop your skills as a tapestry weaver and suit your personal artist interest.

$20 Material Fee is to be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the workshop by cash, check or Paypal.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Face masks are optional at this time.

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Doris Florig

Doris Florig

Doris Florig: Biography of a Textile Artist

I spent the last 50 years looking over shoulders, asking questions, reading and experimenting with weaving techniques. I’m committed to a lifetime quest of learning weaving technical skills by connecting with people who have a cultural history in textile arts. I have absorbed the skills of netting and braiding from the Cree Indians, Flechee finger weaving from the French Canadians, spinning from Ontario sheep farmers, natural dyes from the Navajo, plaiting from the Bahamians, and seat weaving from the blind. I learned their techniques, then experimented until I became comfortable adapting the skill to suit my own creative style. Fiber is my connection to history, environment, people and their cultures. When spotted with fibers in hand, strangers open up their homes knowing that we have a lot to share.

My excitement in weaving is now in designing for both indoor and outdoor locations. I am inspired by the architectural surroundings, the environment and the people sharing those spaces. I focus on site specific installations which enable me to dye my own fibers and create very large weavings to meet the needs of our surroundings.

As a fiber artist living a nomadic lifestyle I am often confronted with limited space which does not discourage me from continuing with my large scale installations. My choice of loom is dictated by my living situation at the time. When in a studio situation, I weave on an upright traditional tapestry loom. I also own many multi-harness floor looms. When traveling across the country or internationally to teach or learn, I weave Navajo style, taniko, tablet or use any number of off-loom techniques. Oh, and of course, I always travel with a dye pot for experimenting and learning about the native plants.

I weave from morning to night. I am constantly learning and creating something new and different. My eyes are always open. Teaching and traveling is a big part of my education. When I teach I often feel like I learn as much from my students as they learn from me. It is the nature of a fiber artist to share their technical knowledge.

$20 Materials Fee paid directly to the instructor on the first day of the workshop by cash, check or Paypal.  

Students bring a pair of scissors and felt markers in a variety of colors.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before April 18, 2023. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after April 18, 2023.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.

Vera Donavan

"Doris provided an informative, comfortable, and extremely supportive class. I arrived early and was tasked with helping with the assembly of a new loom - a deep dive into the weaving experience. We were all new to weaving and each came away with a completed project! In addition to teaching us how to weave, Doris shared the origins of the wool and many of the other projects she is involved in. All in all, a beautiful experience."

April Landale

A workshop with Doris is a multi-dimensional learning experience, full of great projects, stories, and fiber art techniques. Her knowledge of fiber arts; weaving, tapestry, and spinning is based on decades dedicated to the art, her understanding of natural dyes, the results of indigenous knowledge, experimentation, and trial and error. But her workshops are also infused with her travels; weaving aboard a sailboat as she sailed through the Carribean or camping at the base of the Teton Range with her dyepots over an open fire.