Mirrix’s Weave-Along 3: The Woven Purse
If you need a reminder of how to warp the Mirrix Loom for tapestry, please go to our instructions link:
In tapestry weaving, weft yarns are discontinuous; the artisan interlaces each colored weft back and forth in its own small pattern area. With slit tapestry, at each point where colors meet, a small slit occurs if the pattern boundary is vertical. Other tapestry techniques, in which wefts are dovetailed or interlocked, overcome this potential problem but have their own disadvantages. Slit tapestry produces the sharpest pattern delineation and the smoothest weave. It also permits the most freedom and spontaneity; thus it is a favorite technique among weavers worldwide. Slit tapestry is fun to weave.
Since the weaver avoids long vertical lines in her pattern (to avoid long slits), designs are composed primarily of diagonal and horizontal elements. To construct a strong piece, intersecting diagonal pattern lines are also avoided. Because most kilim designs have been shaped significantly by structural considerations, most tapestry motifs have developed directly on the loom; they have not been copied from other sources. This is why we find designs similar in character wherever slit tapestry is produced around the world–whether by Anatolian, Navajo, Pre-Columbian Peruvian, or other weavers.
|Warped Mirrix Loom ready for weaving.|
|Thread woven and attached to side bars.|
|Thread tied to side bar.|
Bubbling: Weave about a half an inch of warp thread going from selvedge. Place the thread in the shed in the shape of a hill. Take your finger and push down the thread in a couple of different places. Weave a few more threads using this technique. Then beat the several rows of yarn. You want to make sure you do not pull in at the selvedges and also that you don’t have loops at the selvedges. End this thread by sticking the end between two warp threads so that the end is at the back of the tapestry.
|Several rows of header yarn not yet beaten.|
|Beat the threads so that they form straight lines.|