The Back of a Tapestry
There’s something poetic about the difference between the front and back of a tapestry. The front is (well, theortically) perfect. Each thread is placed with intention. The back, however, is a bit chaotic.
We get a lot of questions here at Mirrix about what to do with the ends of weft threads. The short answer -just let them hang out the back of the piece! The weight of the tapestry on top of the weft threads will keep the ends from sneaking out and, we promise, it doesn’t matter what the back of your tapestry looks like!
There are some tapestry weavers, including Navajo weavers, who weave each end into the tapestry instead of letting it hang off the back. Others actually weave their ends in after the piece has been woven.
Typically, though, the back of a tapestry looks something like this:
Perhaps the difference betwene the back and front of many tapestries is a good metaphor for how many of us present ourselves to the world. On the front, everything is neat and clean and perfect, but on the back you can really begin to see the chaotic work that goes into it!