Tapestry For Dummies Basics, Instructions and Techniques



Tapestryis a form of art where an artist weaves from some piece of fabric. It usually depicted a particular image or a scene. Nowadays in modern world, tapestryis either hand woven or woven with the help of a machine. In spite of manufactured tapestries, art communities still claim that only a hand-woven image is truly called a realtapestry.

  • Where to find.Tapestries are found all over the world. In the US it can be found with Navajo Indians in the Southwest; in areas of Russia and Japan, as well of Scandinavian countries, Australia and even in the Arctic Circle.
  • Time to make.A largetapestryrequires a lot of time, efforts and devotion. It can take up to a year toweavea good big tapestry by hand; however, it takes professionaltapestryweavers a month toweaveone square meter of art. Time also depends on the how much detailed the image is.
  • Styles.Italian tapestries depict conventional images of Italian landscapes or villages. For Chenille-style tapestries include a lot of scenes of Flemish style as, for instance, hunting, floral art, unicorns, etc.


  • Tapestry Choose your own project, i.e. you should decide what to make and whattapestryyou want toweave.
  • Prepare the yarn and determine what amount you will need to make your project. Pick the yarn you will want to use for warp and determine what amount of that you will need. Afterwards choose the yarn colour for your warp and make sure the colour goes with all the weft colours thus, it won’t distract you. Find out how much yarn you need and select the needed colour for the weft.
  • Warp the loom fortapestrylooms have either limited number of heddles or rigid heddle loom. If you work with a floor loom, use only two heddles to warp it. All the piece patterns have to be simple in order not to distract your attention from the overall image.
  • Increase the image size. If there is such an opportunity, make the image as large as your piece. This tip will be very helpful to beginners.
  • Fun part - use toilet paper to even out the weft to make sure all the threads are separated evenly.
  • Starttapestryweaving. Intapestryweavingone won’t need toweavefrom one end of the piece to the other. Go in a section and add color in the middle of the row. Create a shed and decide where a new color should start. If it is in the middle, slip the shuttle between the threads which make the top of the shed, pull the yarn to the place where the colour should stop and carefully slip your shuttle out again through the threads.
  • Place a row of colour and beat it into place, afterward move to the next row. Go on weaving until the whole image is done.
  • Beat several more rows of toilet paper into place this will hold the threads in their place and remove the ready piece from the loom.
  • Remove used toilet paper and at last knot the piece ends in place in order to hold everything together. Congratulations, yourtapestryis done!


  • {LikeAndRead}

    Tips for tapestry
    Keep in mind that the correct side is the top of the weaving piece. Don’t have yarn hanging out from the front piece. In case it happens, use a needle to thread yarn to the back of yourtapestryweaving.
  • Be creative withtapestry. If it is your first time, color might be woven incorrectly, but don’t be disappointed and keep experimenting to achieve the best look of the image, and you will get atapestryweavingyou can be proud of for a long time.


  • Techniques for tapestryJoins.This is a technique of how to join threads of different colors.
  • Hachure.This is a technique that givestapestrycolorful details. It uses uniform triangular shapes in order to create detail depth and half tones.
  • Hatching.This is anothertapestrycolorful details technique, which is slightly different from hachure. Hatching alternates colors, but using both techniques allows for vivid shading and color gradation.