The Ultimate Guide to DIY Tapestry

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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. Tapestries have proven more durable than paintings, and many have been passed as heirlooms through families, generation after generation. 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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In this free ebook download, you'll find DIY tapestry instructions suitable for any aspiring or advanced weaver. Don't have a loom? No worries! We'll teach you how to make a cardboard loom on the way.

 

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How to Make a Hanging Wall Tapestry

Geometry Man Tapestry by Karen Donde

 

The basic tapestry weaving techniques described here represent only a fraction of the many methods used by tapestry weavers. Practice with these for your own Geometry Man or try them with other geometric designs. Either way, this is an easy way to jump right onto the woven wall hanging trend.

 

Karen designed this tapestry while earning her Handweavers Guild of America's Certificate of Excellence when the first sample called for a tapestry of geometric shapes. She used a computer drawing program to create a variety of shapes and moved them around to stumble upon what is now "Geometry Man".


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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 experienced and novice tapestry weavers due to portability, low cost, and ease of warping. Commonly, the frame loom is used in the lap, balanced against the edge of a table. 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. This article uncovers the secrets to using good ergonomics with your tapestry weaving supplies.


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How to Make a DIY Cardboard 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 with 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.


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Tapestry on an Embroidery Hoop

Wedge Weave in Miniature by Margaret Windeknecht

 

This article is an introduction to a very unique adaptation of this old weave technique. I call 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.


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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 without being too intimidating, since it's only the size of a postcard. It's also a great travel or holiday tapestry project, since it's on a portable tapestry loom.


Try these projects and you'll soon find out why bloggers love making tapestry wall hangings so much.

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