How to finish weaving tapestry


When the major work on the tapestry weaving is completed, it’s time to finish weaving the tapestry. In order to make your laborious work look beautiful, you need to do the following.

Take the tapestry off the frame

The Finishing of a weaving tapestry is possible with a few tight windings or a few rows of thin weft threads that are passed. When the weaving is completely finished, take the dividing plank out of the base threads. Then, trim the base threads, which are carefully fixed to the frame-loom. Having cut all the threads, take the woven tapestry off.


Remove the ends of the wefts

Despite the fact that all the weaving works are finished, our tapestry is not completely perfect yet. The weft threads are sticking out on the right side. To finish weaving a tapestry, you need to pull all the threads, which are sticking out to the wrong side, using a crochet.

To tie knots on the base

To finish weaving a tapestry, we need to fix all the threads of the base. The threads are fixed with knots. If you want to insert a tapestry into the frame or stretch it over a stretcher, you need a decorative fringe. This is why all the threads need to be tied with a regular single or double knot from 2 or 4 threads of the base. Then, the threads are cast to the wrong side. The right thread of a knot is left on the work, and the left one is tied together with the thread of the next knot. All the thread ends are trimmed and placed on the wrong side of the tapestry.

In the case you want to finish weaving tapestry with fringe, you need to tie a single ordinary knot from of 2 or 4 threads. When all the knots are tied, you may trim the fringe.

Steam off the finished tapestry

The finished tapestry needs to be ironed. Ironing isn’t neccessary if you applied fluffy threads with a thick pile to increase volume.

How to finish weaving tapestry

Stretch and hang

To make the finished tapestry appear decorative, it must be stretched and hung up in an area where it’s sure to be seen. Small tapestries look the best in frames with glass or without. Large tapestries need to be stretched on a stretcher or hung on a special holder for tapestry.

Tapestry in the frame

Tapestry in the frame

To stretch a small tapestry, we are going to need thick cardboard, about the size of the tapestry. Put the cardboard on the wrong side of the tapestry. Tighten the tapestry ends with cross threads from the wrong side over the cardboard. This is required to get our tapestry stretched evenly on all sides. Then, the work may be inserted into the frame.

Tapestry, stretched on the stretcher

Tapestry on the stick

Large tapestries may be stretched on the stretcher that is applied for pictures. The technique of stretching is the same one that is used for a canvas. A staple gun is the easiest way of fixing a tapestry on a stretcher. First, the tapestry is fixed on one side in the middle, stretched moderately, and fixed on the opposite side in the middle. Then, the top and the bottom of the tapestry is stretched and fixed in the middle. The corners are wrapped carefully. The fabric may be slightly cut if it’s necessary, in order to avoid thickening. The corners are fixed well in a few spots. After, the tapestry is nailed to the stretcher approximately in every 4” along the perimeter.

Tapestry on the stick

There are many kinds of tapestry holders available on sale. They look like a stick, onto which a tapestry is hung on.

Now that you know how to finish weaving tapestry, you may enjoy the final result of your laborious work and hang up your creation in the most visible place for all your visitors to appreciate.