withwendy: tapestry weaving essentials (everything you need)

withwendy: tapestry weaving essentials (everything you need)


Hello There’s been a lot of requests for me to show how I do my tapestry I took a class and I personally found it really easy to pick up tapestrty weaving is Pretty ancient art form with very very intricate and beautiful history But more recently the more popularized version of it is to use these techniques to make beautiful wall hangings They add a lot of texture to the wall They make everything look soft and serene and also they have been kind of a fun way for me to make use of Sewing supplies that I already had leftover. So I find it very forgiving on The quantity and odds and ends that you insert into it. Plus they make for a pretty nice gift Give a board that I just strung up for you all These strings going up and down are the warp and what we’re going to be adding is called the weft The string is going this way. This is a large-size loom to help us work faster I’m not going to use the full width of it so we can feel the progress faster and I’ll put a link in the description to some other videos that I found that show how you can make a loom very easily out of a picture frame or Even I remember as a kid. I did one out of just a piece of cardboard paper The biggest tapestry weave that I made so far. I just used the two legs of my dining table Flipped that thing on to the side. This was one leg This was one leg And I strung it up. We tied a knot in this bottom corner and then went back and forth up and down And up here tied one more knot to secure it off And one thing that I was taught to do was kind of like give them a little tug after stringing it so that everything is nice and tight and There’s just a little bit of balance, but not too much mouths For this drink you have to make sure you use string that does not stretch So a common one that can be easily found is butchers or kitchen twine That’s the same stuff that used to tie up some nice Roasts and delicious things you can cook in the oven no stretch in it. So it’s also good for weaving Next you want to get some spare cardboard or something firm and we’re going to weave this over and under to the bottom of our entire set up this helps to make sure that you have some left over strings at the end in order to tie it all off and It’s all going to disappear at the end. It’s just a temporary placeholder Another bonus to have is a long flat stick This one is specifically for weaving but as you can see it looks a lot like a ruler So a ruler would do just fine too or even the kitchen spatula we’re gonna put this one in over and under as well and it’s going to help us create some space so that Half the time it’s a little bit easier to pass the thread through Next up we’re gonna weave in the footer. So using the exact same butchers twine I’m going to go back and forth for twelve rows in total The way the rod helps is by twisting it. You can create a shed Which is the space in which the weft can go through once it’s all the way over. We’re just going to brush it down So it’s all the way at the bottom you can use your nails, but my hairbrush is even better Now when you’re going the opposite way you want to be under where you were over before and Over where you were under before so we can only use the rod when we’re going in one direction and we have to go String by stream when they go the opposite direction You never want to apply too much pressure when you’re making these turns because if you squeeze too hard Your strings are going to start to slowly bunch together. So make sure there’s always just barely enough breathing space and then brush it down Now I’m going to go back and forth to make the 12 rows Whenever starting and ending a string don’t use any knots just let them hang freely I now have finished 12 rows in total and you can count six lumps here and six lumps here and a fire alarm that’s going off my building and That gives you 12 so this is just gonna be a nice and secure footer for our tapestry What we just said here is a plain weave so every other string just goes over and under the previous string That gets you this diamond pattern and that’s beginning of the end there’s no knots just make sure you leave about a Two to three inch tail and we’re going to secure all of those at the end So using this fashion, you can change colors you can start and stop wherever you like now I’m going to show you how to swap out the colors and change it up And that way there’s no gap at all What’s going to happen over here as I fill this up is? That there is going to be a gap here now If you do too many of these gaps, it can damage the structural integrity of your weave But at the same time it can be strategic too because putting in a few gaps can be a nice Artistic choice and I’m going to show you how to do a looped pile which gives a really really cute effect So what you’re going to need for this is you need to establish at least three rows already which we have done. This is so teacherly Wingardium Leviosa Also, I want you need to establish three rows minimum I clearly have that already and now I’m ready with the rest of this yarn And so when we’re moving across here instead of just doing the plain weave We’re gonna create loops I lay this chopstick over here You can freehand this you can use a really thick stick Whatever you please I’m gonna go with this chopstick. Let’s make a tight loop We’re gonna go through the neighboring string that creates a loop. Tuck it underneath And go through the next string at some point you can let go of the stick Mmm-hmm. Tuck it underneath Then the next guy Oops tuck it underneath And now obviously The harder that I tug on the stick the bigger the loops are gonna be so I’m just giving it a couple of tugs along The way to make sure that they’re all even and they stay the same. So now we’ve created a first row of loop and Before we take out the chopstick we need to do three rows above it to secure it in place Now we’re gonna pull out the chopstick You’ve got a cute little loop. How cute is it some of you may realize that this is very rug like and tapestry weaving Technique is very similar to the technique if not identical in many ways to the technique used to make rugs So this is with a chopsticks worth of pile, but you can make this even bigger or even finer if you use a different yarn cute now not all tapestry weaving is Nice and straight neat rows. So let’s have some shape to it Have a bowl And I’m gonna place it over This design and then just add some markings to try to Create a circular shape. I have a green pen. Hopefully will be invisible when we’re done because it’s also great Last line of the green ends here. So we got to start down here and work our way up to it You always have to start at the lowest possible point. So this right here is the ditch I’m going to start there and work my way up and then start doing the curve. Let’s begin we’re gonna insert that there leave a tail and Then go over and under every other strength Because this is really thick we’re going to make progress on it really fast, which is great Okay, now I’m going to show you sumac which is a different weaving pattern but it’s one that has a lot of uses Particularly, it looks really good in roving. It’s like raw wool. It’s used for felting it can be spun into yarns, but when you buy it in its most Untouched form. This is what this well obviously this one’s been dyed. You don’t cut this you just Tear it split it down the middle. So I’m gonna start right here And again, you just leave a little bit of a tail at the back So in sumac style we’re wrapping around Every single string as we go but sometimes when you’re dealing with something so thick that doesn’t look as good We’re gonna pass four and come back up the middle always tug lightly because you don’t want to string your tapestry That created this looped style that seems to go tuck under every single time So depending on what direction you do this in it can combine to look like one big braid and I’ll show you what I mean Let me brush this guy down first Leaving a little bit of a tail again, we’re gonna go past four Remember how last time I came out on top this time? You want to come out below? You sure it’s not pulling too tightly so he brushed that down Even out these strings a little bit give him some room to breathe And there you go see because they went in opposite directions combined. They look like one big braid Here’s where we’re at as we reach the end of the day I did some plain weave over here to raise it up and Then my plan I’ve already drawn in the little lines is to do one more circle. I feel like boop boop boop three lumps is a good look It’s a new day there’s no more fire alarms and last night. I looked my way up to Flatten this out. So I did add this other circle. Like I said through another braid through some more looped pile it’s just like this and Let’s finish this up You The last up here is to cut this free from the loom so for that we’re just going to cut the first string Then you place it over the next string bring it under that same string and then pull through and Down cut this next one We’re going over under pull through and You want to keep things pretty consistent even though the tension of the tapestry is going to change because it’s shifting You And there you go here is the finished piece you can always trim the fringe if you like there was not too much that I covered but Actually with everything that I’ve cover here, you’re gonna make quite a few things You can make this with some thicker yarns and spare fabric and even some shrimp Or this everything with nice and neat rows and lots of color and you can make this with more colors more Hill style but every single I’ve covered in this this is actually my first type of Street and there is a video for it And that is the end of that If you make a tapestry with this tutorial, don’t forget to use hashtag made with Wendy I can’t wait to see them. Bye. Bye

100 thoughts on “withwendy: tapestry weaving essentials (everything you need)

  1. I used to have a large loom, way before my daughter was born. Haven't woven in a few decades, and have wanted to get back into it. THIS is the style I'd love to do now, dont know how I stumbled across your video, sure am glad I did!

  2. This was just incredible, everything I needed and explained soo well. I had so many doubts that you covered. Thank you so much for this video, really helped a lot!

  3. Здравствуйте!Помогите найти картины для гобелена для начинающих.Предложте свои.

  4. First video I've seen of yours and I'm hooked. I love everything about this video. Liked and subscribed. I can't wait to see more.

  5. Simply amazing. Weaving has a strong tradition in my family, my grandmother had the big kind of loom to make carpets and sometimes fabrics and all us kids have been taught how to use it. She passed away a few years ago and now my sister is moving in and renovating her old house. I’ve been brainstorming what to give them for housewarming present and this seems like the perfect combination of modern style, memories of my grandma and a fun new craft for me to try. Thank you for the video Wendy 💕

  6. Wonderful! Your work is splendid, instructions easy to follow, the music restful. I am inspired. Thank you.

  7. This was a very relaxing video. I love taking care and detail in something. I love you, Wendy, for showing us. You are such a beautiful soul. Thanks tapestry, Mama!

  8. Hi 🙆🏾‍♀️ I tried the looping technique but when I pulled one of the loops to check if it’s secure one of the loops next to it became loos as well and the whole row was gone and turned into this one big loop? How do I keep the loops secure? I mean is it supposed to do that?

  9. I'm not sure I would ever finish! Weaving in the ends, for some reason, seems so tedious. In crochet I work them in as I go whenever possible. But it is soothing to watch you do it!

  10. What a fabulous channel. Your voice is so wonderful to listen to as well. Very intoxicating and soothing. You should use your beautiful serene voice and do some audio books. Seriously!

  11. Im confused as to what the middle moving stick in the middle of the loom is for still 🙁 can i color every other verticle string to help me see?

  12. Hi Wendy! Just wanted to say thanks so much for making this video. 🙂 I’ve watched it through probably about a million times by now and I’m just about to finish my second tapestry ever! You’ve created a monster, hahaha. Just wanted to say thank you for this!! <3 <3 <3

  13. When you tear the wool don’t rip it really hard just very lightly hold it apart and pull your hands slightly

  14. my head whipped around so fast to my dining table when you said you used the legs of your table as a loom i have whiplash …. I have a straight legged dining table and I need rugs! Thanks for the inspiration Wendy!

  15. Your video has inspired me to try weaving! I was wondering if you could please tell me where you got your loom from? It looks like it’s pretty portable and I like that it comes apart like that!

  16. Thank you so much Wendy for this video, it is the best I have seen, so soothing, so relaxing, and very easy to follow. Can't wait to get started.

  17. Nice Video, but isn't the wooden rod used as kind of a spool which is weaved through and then uncoiled once so you don't have to pass the yarn through by hand? 😅 that's how I learned in kindergarten I guess 😁

  18. Hi! I was wondering if you have a studio that I can visit. Currently I’m staying in Toronto and super curious about weaving. I’ve been looking for a place to get inspired and I thought you’re the one!

  19. Thank you thank you thank you! I purchased a loom as well as two highly rated books on loom weaving, but I just don't learn this sort of thing well through books: I have to SEE it being done and explained (and no courses are being offered locally). I've spent two days on failed hangings, and learned more watching this video than I did agonizing over books. You rock!

  20. i watched this with headphones on and i swear there's a cat purring… i noticed it around 9:00 and it took me a while to be sure!

  21. Hi Wendy, I just watched your other video of your very large weave, I love all your pieces- and I LOVE the scripture – PRAISE GOD!! God bless you sister!! 💗🌷😄

  22. just finished my very first woven tapestry following this video's ideas and techniques and i have to say, this was the best video i could have picked to help me learn how to do this! thank you so much for posting it! i posted photos of it on instagram and facebook and used the # you asked us to use if we posted on social media, so it should be easy to find if you want to see what i created 🙂 again, thank you!

  23. Nice video. Hey, Wendy. maybe sometimes you need to watch 'Ao Oni' movie animated. There's something interresting in it.

  24. Thank you so much, Wendy, for this tutorial. I was struggling with understanding the finishing techniques and you've helped me understand. And, I've learned a few more tips and tricks of weaving. May God continue to bless you.

  25. Love your weaving! It can sure add lots of interest in anyone’s home.

    I spin my yarns by processing raw sheep fleeces from local sheep farms in my region. I dye the fiber and spin, ply and weave it.

    Carded roving and combed top is NOT raw wool. What you have been working with is prepared fiber. Raw wool and animal fiber can still be dirty, at times with poop still in it along with dirt and often plant matter. Cleaner fleeces from sheep can be purchased from sheep owners who sell to spinners and have jacketed thier sheep.

    I am not sure if what you have is superwash or not, but if its not superwash, you can also use the prepared fiber for felting projects like scarves, pictures, and needlefelting detailed bits into or onto almost anything. Superwash wool is not feltable since it has been chemically treated to not felt or full. It is machine washable.

    I look forward to seeing your next tapestry weaving video! Happy weaving!

  26. very nice, thanks! I feel like it's pretty and all, but quite useless. I'd flirt with tapestry but i guess I'm staying with my main hobby which is crocheting.

  27. Such a calming, relaxing, zen tutorial! Thank you for sharing. Absolutely beautiful weavings, so talented, and you are lovely too! Subscribed and looking forward to trying this out for first time. About to go view your shop now. Love from Ireland! P.s. AMAZING largest size weaving too, OMG x

  28. Thank you so much for teaching us!!! It looked so intimidating until you walked me through!!! Can't wait to make my own!!!!

  29. Hello! Thank you for putting this video together, I also took a class where we had a weaving project. This reminded me of how to get started. If I remember, I want to share 1 more step in setup to help with ease 🙂

  30. I am so sick with food poisoning and your voice and the background music is bringing me so much relaxation.

  31. After watching this I immediately wanted to see someone make a really complicated LGBT+ themed tapesty and IDK why.

  32. This was so relaxing to watch! I feel like going to my local arts and crafts store and buying everything to start and make my own tapestry 😀

  33. Hi Wendy, just discovered your channel 👍 I started with macrame a couple of months ago and I'm now also interested in weaving 😀 Love the way you show and explain everything! Thank you so much for your video!!🙏😊

  34. I’ll have to watch a few more so know how to go through the strings. Beautiful content. 😊

  35. Just came from watching an old tutorial of yours. ❤️ I’m so happy that over the years, your personality has flourished and I just find you became more vibrant ✨ I love your work and you inspire me to venture into farther territories 😌 thank you for your work!

  36. Amazing job I love your music and your personality I am crocheting while I'm watching this might be my new addiction thank you

  37. My great grandma used to do rugs from old worn out textiles and the method is basically the same as in tapestry weaving, it's just done in this huge loom machine (kangaspuut where I live) that allows you to push the wefts really tightly and strongly together and it swaps out which warps are up and down so you don't have to pic them up one by one. The same system can be used to make woven fabrics (hence "kangas") which my great grandma also used to do, she made a local historical costume for herself entirely from scratch. I don't remember if my great grandfather made the loom system or not but it's usually made from wood ("puu", plural "puut")

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