This week we are going to finish our wall-hangings!
First, we will weave a footer using our warp thread just like we did with our header. Make this a little more than twice as long as whatever stick or dowel you will hang your piece on (or even longer, especially if you are using an uneven stick). When you’re done weaving this, tie the end of the footer weft to your selvedge warp thread. Do the same with the end of your first header weft.
Now we are ready to remove the piece from the loom. This can be scary, but don’t worry! You can really do this a variety of ways, but I like to remove my heddles first because otherwise they tend to get tangled in the warp threads.
Now, loosen your tension and remove your warping bar from the loom.
Remove the spring bar before taking the piece off.
Then cut the loops off of the ends of the warp threads on both ends of your piece. If your warp threads on one side or both sides are very long, you can trim them here. Leave at least 5″ of warp thread so it’s easy to tie your knots.
Now, you want to let your piece rest so the warp threads have a chance to relax after being under tension. It is best to let it rest for at least a few hours.
Shhh, she’s sleeping…
Now, take pairs of warp threads on one end of your piece and tie them together. Be careful not to buckle the weaving at all when you do this. If you have an odd number of warp threads, you will have to tie three together at one point. Do this on both sides of the piece.
Now, take your pairs of warp threads and tie them in an overhand knot. To get the knot in the correct place, insert a tapestry needle in the knot and hold it where you want the knot to be (flush with the edge of the tapestry). Do the same on both sides of your piece.
Next, trim the ends. They should be about 1/2″ long.
At this point, I like to trim the ends on the back of the tapestry a bit. We’ll deal with these more later. You also want them to be about 1/4″ to 1/2″ long.
Now, place your stick or dowel at the top of the weaving, but below your footer.
Fold the footer over the stick or dowel and glue this piece down. You may have to remove the stick to put down your strip of glue.
Place a heavy book (this is where you get the chance to use giant textbooks you keep around but never open) over this piece and wait for it to dry.
Do the same on the bottom (with the header), but without the stick or dowel.
Now, more waiting until the glue dries! If it’s evening, I think you deserve a glass of wine.
Once your glue has dried, you can sew the footer and header down, making sure your stitches are not visible on the front of the piece. You may be able to get away with not doing this, though. It’s up to you.
There are many ways to finish the back of a wall-hanging. One option is to take twill tape and sew it on the edges of your piece to keep the ends from showing when you hang it, but I find this is difficult to do when you are weaving a tapestry like this one because of the thickness of the yarn/roving and because we worked with a lot of stripes ending on the selvedges. Another way is to back the entire tapestry, but this can be an issue in the future if the backing material and tapestry materials expand or shrink at different rates over time. We are just going to go a very basic route to make sure you can’t see your weft ends from the front.
Now, place a cotton cloth over your piece and iron it on a very low setting, making sure to face any weft on the selvedges towards the inside of the piece. Be careful!
Now, take some of your glue and dab it on your ends to help to prevent them from pulling out. Also glue any end threads near the selvedges of your piece so they cannot be seen from the front.
Wait for your glue to dry. Again!
If you’d like to add fringe, now is the time! Cut evenly-sized pieces of whatever yarn you’d like your fringe to be made of. Each piece should be twice the length you want your fringe to be (you can always trim this later, so longer is better.) Thread your tapestry needle with a piece of fringe yarn.
Sew each piece of fringe onto a header weft thread, pulling the fringe piece down so the middle is looped over the weft thread it is sewn to.
Then, make an overhand knot like you did when preparing the ends of you warp threads.
Them, trim. You can either trim straight across or in a shape like I did.
Now tie a piece of yarn around your stick or dowel to hang your piece with!
And you’re done! Hang and enjoy!
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