It is time to begin making your tapestry into an eyeglass case!
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Now that you have successfully danced with some weft and created your eccentric weft tapestry, it’s time to turn it into something useful. You next eccentric tapestry is perfectly allowed to live on the wall.
As we closed in last week’s weave-along, end with your piece forming a straight line. It should be 7 1/2 inches tall, her taller if you would like a bigger case or even taller if you are going for a small pouch instead. Your kit has a lot of yarn with which to play.
Next weave a footer using your warp material.
Turn the loom’s wing nuts clockwise to release tension. Remove the warping bar and allow your tapestry to slip off the loom. You might have to untangle a heddle or two.
Tie over hand knots with pairs of warp ends. First tie the beginning of a square knot (the one you use when tying your shoes) and bring it close to the tapestry edge. Then do an over hand knot. Stick a needle in the knot and push it toward the edge of the tapestry. The needle prevents the knot from closing until you have it in the right spot. I do all the edge warps first in order to keep the header and footer in place. I then go back and tie all the internal warps.
Tie the warps on the opposite edge. Then do the other side, just the edge warps. Then fill in by tying off all the other warps.
Trim the ends to about 3/4 inch as well as the weft threads coming off the back of the tapestry.
Fold the knotted warps to the back and sew.
Trim the lining material so there is enough excessive on each side to turn over.
Pin the velvet (velvet side out) with tucked in edges to the back of the piece. You don’t want your lining to come right to the edge. So leave about an 8th of an inch space between the edge of the lining and the tapestry. Before sewing this together, fold your case in two and see if the lining is enough out of the way to be able to sew just the wool sections together. In other words, you don’t want the lining to peek out the seams. When sewing this together just make sure you are only grabbing the tapestry with your needle.
That’s the bottom of the case. Note how the lining does not show through
Now wasn’t that fun! We’d love to see your final pieces. Email images to firstname.lastname@example.org for our Your Work Gallery!