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Monday, 26 March 2012
The Tool Kit: getting started with tapestry weaving
Tapestry weaving is an art form. Pattern, symbols and pictures can be built up in the weave to create decorative wall hangings, rugs or cushion covers.
A yarn (which is called the warp) is wrapped around a simple sturdy frame and tied in place.
The warp threads wrapped onto the frame.
A (weft) yarn is then woven under and over the warp yarn using a tapestry bobbin. Each row of weft yarn is pushed down with the point of the bobbin until the warp is completely covered to create a 'weft-faced' fabric.
A variety of materials can be woven into the warp. Beads and feathers will add decoration, while strips of plastic bag or paper yarns will add excitement and texture.
When the tapestry is complete, the ends can be cut and tied-off or they can be tied onto a wooden dowel at the top and bottom so that the tapestry can be wall mounted. Another method of finishing off the tapestry is to thread the warp ends with beads.