Holiday Tree Ornament
I have never before woven a non-rectangular piece so it was time to try. Actually, Elena told me it was time to try! After pondering my options for a few hours I came up with the idea of weaving a simple triangle shape that would be a Christmas tree ornament, literally. I started this piece thre times before I finally figured it out.
The concept ane execution is very simple: weave a triangle (I used hand-painted silk with a maysville warp set of 14 ends per inch) decreasing every six rows (three turns around the warp on both sides). I added a little bit of soumak knotting for some texture. At the top of every increase, I made a knot around the side warps so that the piece would be more stable when I took it off the loom. While the piece was still on the loom, I sewed around the two side edges with silk to add even more stability. I did not want to knot the warp threads once off the loom so adding this stability was necessary.
This is how she looked when I took her off the loom. I kind of like the hairy warp look!
I cut a piece of ultra-suede slightly larger than the woven triangle and sewed it to the back of the weaving.
To finish the ornament, I strung crystals on a silk thread and created “Christmas lights.” I then trimmed the edges with beads and created a beaded loop with which to hang it.
What kind of shaped tapestries have you woven?
The kit and ebook for this project will be available late next week! Get started on your holiday gifts early this year!
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