Fringeless: Four Selvedge Warping with Sarah C. Swett
Produced by Rebecca MezofF
This online class will teach you how to warp a loom so that when you are finished weaving, there is no fringe and no hem. This warping method is often called four selvedge warping.
Taught by master tapestry artist, Sarah C. Swett, it is a unique opportunity to learn how to warp and weave tapestry in this fun way while getting all of Sarah's inside weaving tips. You'll see Rebecca in this course also asking questions, giving her two cents about tapestry weaving, and generally keeping the camera rolling.
Introduction to four selvedge warping and weaving
Materials you'll need
Weaving on a four selvedge warp as well as some exceptional tapestry weaving tips from Sarah
Removing your piece from the loom and finishing
Suggested projects and resources
You will need a loom that has tensioning ability to do this technique. We provide plans for making a variety of pipe looms or you can use a Mirrix. Looms without tensioning (the ability to get longer to make the warp tighter) will not work for this method of four selvedge warping. You can make a copper pipe loom for about $25 plus one simple tool ($8-10) and we'll show you how to do that in the course. Or for a little more investment but far less fuss and no cutting, you can make a galvanized or black pipe loom which screws together in about five minutes. All you have to do is buy the parts (and again, we'll show you how).
Looms with beams to roll the warp on will not work for this technique either. This is not the technique to try on your floor loom. A simple pipe loom is the best choice.
This is not a beginning tapestry class. It is assumed that you have warped a loom for tapestry before and that you know basic tapestry techniques.
Regular price for the full course: $249
You can see a webinar Sarah and I did about the Fringeless technique HERE. It includes some great information about our work, answers some questions about weaving and the course, and is generally a fun dive into the recording of a live online event.
Below are some photos of work done in by people taking the Fringeless online class. Some of these weavers have been making tapestry for a long time, some are quite new at it.
Click the images in the gallery below for larger images and captions.