The Ultimate Guide to DIY Tapestry: A Free Ebook

Master Tapestry Weaving Techniques

According to textile historians, tapestry weaving has been practiced for more than two thousand years, and it is a favorite craft among both experienced and novice weavers today. Tapestry can be woven with simple looms and simple tools, yet tapestry weaving can create intricate designs, sometimes using hundreds of different colors to make realistic pictures.

Let the experts at Weaving Today guide you through the joys of this ancient form of weaving with this eBook full of instructions, free projects, and tips for using a tapestry loom.

Tapestry weaving is a creative journey. Warping for a tapestry is quick, and the process affords hours of weaving pleasure. Extensive sampling of wefts and shapes can improve your skill for a final piece. It’s easy to experiment: taking out and redoing a section is easy and simply part of the process.

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Get free tapestry weaving techniques and patterns in this free eBook.

What’s Inside?

In this free eBook, you’ll find tons of tapestry weaving patterns, with instructions suitable for any weaver, beginning to advanced. Don’t have a loom? No worries! We’ll teach you how to make a cardboard loom on the way. You’ll also learn how to make a tapestry loom stand for ergonomic tapestry weaving.

Learn to design a woven tapestry with geometric shapes, master Navajo Wedge Weave woven in minature on an embroidery hoop, and weave a tapestry bag, using a cardboard box for the loom and for shaping.

Finally, master tapestry weaving techniques with inspiration from Nancy Taylor’s woven tapestry postcards. Learn to seamlessly join colors, bring designs to life, and take your weaving on the go!

Make a wall tapestry with this eBook of tapestry weaving patterns.

How to Make a Hanging Wall Tapestry

Geometry Man Tapestry by Karen Donde

Karen stumbled upon this design while designing a sample for her Certificate of Excellence. She was arranging random geometric shapes in her design software when “Geometry Man” appeared! Create your own “Geometry Man” or try out other geometric designs. Either way, this is an easy way to jump right onto the woven wall hanging trend. You’ll learn to weave straight lines, curves, and diagonals, all with seamless weft joins.

Learn how to make a tapestry loom stand easily with nothing more than an art easel!

How to Make a Tapestry Loom Stand from an Art Easel

Set Your Body (and Your Loom) Free by Karen Piegorsch

Frame looms are popular among both tapestry weavers due to their portability, low cost, and ease of warping. Commonly, the frame loom is used in the lap, balanced against the edge of a table, but this isn’t very ergonomic. A painter’s box easel makes a great portable tapestry stand, because the loom can be clamped to the box for transport. The briefcase-style handle makes carrying the loom easier and helps mitigate the easel’s weight. Learn to make a tapestry loom stand in this article!

Get the free weaving pattern for this woven tapestry bag!

How to Make a DIY Cardboard Tapestry Loom

Weave a Tapestry Bag on a Box by Sarah Swett

Weaving on a box is immensely satisfying. You can take your time and play with blocks of color without tying up a floor loom. Sarah usually recommends a small box for your first bag, but there’s no limit to the fun you can have playing with size, shape, and designs to fit the future life of the bag. Once you’ve enjoyed the pleasure of upcycling a sturdy loom from the rubbish, you’ll never look at the UPS truck in quite the same way.

Learn the Navajo tapestry weaving techniques to make miniature wedge weaves.

Tapestry Weaving on an Embroidery Hoop

Wedge Weave in Miniature by Margaret Windeknecht

This article is an introduction to a very unique adaptation of this old tapestry weaving technique. Margaret calls the technique drawn-thread tapestry because it is similar to drawn-thread embroidery and can be used with any tapestry technique. It is done with cotton or linen fabric on an embroidery hoop, using cotton, silk, or wool floss wefts threaded in a tapestry needle. These miniature wedge-weave tapestries can be presented as framed artwork, dollhouse-scale handwovens, or small bits of jewelry.

Get expert tapestry weaving techniques in this free eBook, plus the instructions to make woven tapestry postcards!

DIY Tapestry Postcard

Postcards from the Field by Nancy Taylor

If you’ve ever wondered how to make your own tapestry in the traditional, photo-realistic style, this is the perfect place to start. This woven tapestry project allows you to try your hand at emulating a real-life scene on a small scale. These woven tapestries are each only the size of a postcard! This is a great travel or holiday tapestry project, since it’s woven on a portable tapestry loom.

Try these projects and find out why bloggers love making tapestry wall hangings.

Along with this FREE eBook, you’ll also receive a free membership to our Weaving Today community. Your membership provides you access to our free projects library, our weaving community blogs, and our email newsletter with all sorts of tips, tricks and more free projects!

Hone your tapestry weaving techniques with these weaving patterns for tapestry looms.