WHAT MATERIALS WILL I NEED FOR THE WARP AND WEFT CLASS?

There is a video called Tapestry Tools which you can watch as soon as you register for the class. This video shows you all the various materials you can use for the class and which ones are required. If you need help deciding before you register, you can download a PDF containing a list of suggested and required materials as well as a little discussion about looms appropriate for tapestry.

The materials list for the Warp and Weft class is HERE.

What materials do I need for the Color Gradation Techniques class?

The materials list for the Color Gradation Techniques class is HERE

I DON'T KNOW WHAT YARN TO BUY. HELP!

In the Warp and Weft class, there is a handout detailing various available weft yarns. In the Color Gradation Techniques class, the first section (Color Theory Basics and Weft Yarns for Tapestry) contains a long video and handout about weft yarns from around the world. I talk about my favorites and why you'd use one over the other. You can take just this part of the Color Gradation Techniques class even if you're a complete beginner and want to do the Warp and Weft class.

Each class has some information about this question and you will get help and guidance if you need it no matter which class you choose.

What tools will I need to learn tapestry weaving?

There is a nice video about tools in the Warp and Weft class.

For other courses, here is a basic list of what you’ll need. Ask questions in your class for more specifics.

  • a loom suitable for tapestry

  • some kind of tapestry fork. I like THIS one.

  • warp and weft yarns

  • a tapestry needle (blunt needle for sewing slits—I like a size around 18 or 20)

  • a permanent marker for marking your warps

  • a measuring tape. A ruler might suffice for small things.

  • I most often use butterflies for my weft, but if you’re using a small loom with a short length and tight shed, small tapestry bobbins are useful. I like the ones THIS business makes or for a cheaper version, try THIS one. You can also use something like a very thin stick shuttle, a yarn needle, or a netting shuttle.

What tine spacing should I get for my tapestry fork?

Magpie Woodworks and a few other tapestry fork manufacturers use dog comb teeth to make the metal tines. They come in specific spacings and often you’ll get to choose. The spacing does not have to match the sett you’re weaving at. It doesn’t even have to be close. A tine spacing of 7-10 is pretty normal. Keep in mind that if the spacing is very narrow (many tines per inch), your warp may catch in the small space instead of sliding nicely. If you’re weaving at narrow setts with thin warp, tines of 11 tpi are fine. For most other applications, look for something in the 7-9 tpi range.