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6 Basic Tapestry Weaving Techniques

A lot of things go into weaving unique tapestries. However, you need to first understand the basic techniques involved in their weaving. Here is a list of such techniques that helps you know what there is to know about tapestry weaving:

The Color Compound Technique

There are two methods here. The first one is compounding colors using the warp thread. Here the thread will end on the warp thread. So then when you start weaving with the thread of the next color you start from the last one. This will bring about a smooth transition, with one color passing through another.

The second method in this technique is to weave multiple pieces of different colors against one another. So while one piece of color ends up on the first warp thread, a fresh piece of a different color will begin from the second warp thread. This is quite a common method as it can create amazing results, while making the different contours visible.

Weaving Tapestries using Vertical, Horizontal and Diagonal Lines

Through this technique you can represent landscapes, animals, people and complex objects on your tapestries. It would involve making of a compound and transmitting threads of two colors as per the circuit. There will be a gap between the elements, which will add relief and provide volume to the details.

The Circular Technique

Although this technique is not too common, it does deserve some attention. In this technique you will have to first arrange your colored weft threads in a circular manner. The resulting tapestry will resemble a picture that is painted using large brush strokes. Using thicker threads here will emphasize your tapestry’s texture in the best way.

The Contour Technique

If you wish to highlight the contour of your object in the tapestry, this technique would be ideal. This is done by entwining two warp threads along with the working thread. Thicker threads are used in this technique too.

Weaving Tapestries using Decorative Cords

To make your tapestry interesting, there is nothing like using decorative cords in your pattern. Hence, this technique is usually combined along with the conventional woven fabric tapestry. Decorative cords may be twined with either one single or a couple of warp threads. You can also use these cords for edging or to create decorative items.

Decorating Tapestries using Dried Herbs, Beads, Feathers and Other Elements

Apart from different colors of threads, you can also use decorative elements such as beads, feathers and dried herbs to weave tapestries. For instance, you can weave tapestries along with stalks of grass or woven pieces of leather. To get a beautiful golden color, you can apply Cuban sisal fiber. You can string up a few beads on to your weft thread. You can decorate it with feathers, straw or thin bamboo sticks. To get a fluffy effect, you can weave your working threads with separate strands of fiber and then leave the ends of these strands free.

Using creativity and imagination to the maximum potential can help you create amazing tapestries with exclusive designs. You can choose any technique from the above or even create a new tapestry weaving technique of your own. All you would need is a tapestry loom.


Happy tapestry shopping!

Thanks & regards
Dr. Hitesh Sharma
Bless International (™)

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