You've seeing these adorable woven wall-hangings on Instagram and Pinterest and you're ready to take the plung e to learn how to make your own woven art. Maybe you take a class on a basic frame loom or you make your own loom from a picture frame and follow some instructions you find online. Now, you're ready to take this craft to the next level. What's first? A high-quality loom! You've heard of Mirrix Looms, but they're tapestry looms... is tapestry the type of weaving you're interested in? What exactly IS tapestry?
This means you can see the weft (the threads that go across the loom horizontally) and not the warp. Imagine a piece of woven fabric. You can usually see both the warp (the threads that go around the loom vertically) AND the weft. With tapestry you are actually COVERING the warp threads with the weft.
Imagine a woven scarf or a blanket. It might be one color, stripes or a pattern, but usually it doesn't depict an image or a varying design. Tapestry, however, does. A tapestry might represent a realistic image, a complex design or even an abstract picture.
Generally tapestry has discontinuous wefts. This mean the weft (again, these are the threads that go across the loom) do not go from selvedge (edge) to selvedge (edge).
So is the type of weaving you want to do tapestry? If it is weft-faced and pictorial, it probably falls somewhere on the tapestry spectrum. What does this mean?,
1.) You can use, and benefit from, a dedicated tapestry loom like a Mirrix. Great tension, a shedding device and accessory options are just a few reasons why. Check out this blog post "Choosing a Tapestry Weaving Loom: Wood Frame or Mirrix" for a few more reasons.
2.) You can weave using tapestry techniques. Stripes and fringe are fun, but there are so many more amazing tapestry techniques. Pick and Pick is a great example. Learn how to create these fun vertical stripes here. Hatching is another great technique. You can learn about hatching here.
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