Weaving tapestry is a wonderful way to explore your innate creativity while working with that most versatile and luscious material, yarn. Weaving images with yarn is a wonderful way to tap into the inner artist that exists inside you.
Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms is an online class that shows you how to warp and weave on small pegged or slotted looms. I also include a video about warping copper pipe looms and resources about how to make them.
This class teaches you about different small looms and how to warp them. We go over how to make headers and the basics of making the shapes all woven images are composed of. We look at different projects and I offer inspiration from small-format tapestry weavers. You can see the entire course contents below. If you have questions, please do contact me!
This course addresses tapestry weaving from a traditional techniques perspective. Our goal is to make images in weaving, constructing the ground cloth as we weave the image. Tapestry weaving has existed for tens of thousands of years and there are some basic rules that are important when constructing a textile in this way. I'll teach you the foundations of tapestry weaving and get you started on a life-long exploration of expression through yarn.
And if you've already flown down the tapestry rabbit-hole, please do still join us for this class. There is much for even an intermediate tapestry weaver to experience here.
These are the steps included in the course. READ steps include printable handouts. WATCH steps are videos. Numbers in parenthesis are times of the videos.
READ How the course works
WATCH Tour of the course (13:17)
To-Do Class Community
READ Materials list
READ Tapestry terminology
WATCH Little looms introductory video (3:35)
READ Yarn sources
READ Video index
Meet the looms
READ Looms and tools
WATCH About little looms, tools, and materials (12:13)
WATCH Making a copper pipe loom (14:19 + extra for 16:09)
Warping little looms
Introduction to warping
READ Introduction to warping handout
WATCH Warping introduction (8:38)
WATCH The half-hitch header and its many uses (9:12)
Warping specific looms
READ Warping various looms
WATCH Warping pegged looms (8:37)
WATCH Warping slotted looms like the Hokett (15:57)
WATCH Warping a copper pipe loom (12:12)
How to start your weaving: headers
Why pick a particular header?
WATCH How weaving works (4:54)
WATCH Choosing a header (5:30)
Ways to make headers on little looms
READ All the headers
READ So you want a fast start?
WATCH Headers: My regular header with hem (25:53 + extra for 34:05)
WATCH Headers: Using half-hitches you will see (9:51)
WATCH Headers: The invisible header (5:17)
WATCH Headers: Other simple header options (13:55)
Weaving a tapestry
READ Technique basics
WATCH Bubbling and weft tension (9:51)
WATCH Meet and separate (12:22)
WATCH Making basic shapes: squares and rectangles (17:52)
WATCH Making basic shapes: diagonals (13:10)
WATCH Making basic shapes: curves (18:28)
Projects to weave
READ Weaving projects and designs
WATCH Some ideas from small format weavers (8:59)
WATCH Intro to weaving projects: some basic ideas (5:14)
WATCH Weaving projects: Landscapes, people, and letters! (11:41)
How to end your weaving: finishing
Taking the piece off the loom
READ Finishing and mounting
WATCH Finishing (22:39)
WATCH Mounting small tapestries (20:09)
Let's see what you made!
SUBMIT Your finished piece
READ Further tapestry resources
READ Recommended reading
WATCH Conclusion (1:32)
WATCH Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry (3:14)
The Answer Vault
This section contains surprise bonuses and trainings. You'll see them when you register!
This video was made in November 2017, thus the holiday theme. It shows a small slice of the work that was done in this course during the first year it was live.
There is so much more to do! Come and weave with me and join the online community if you wish. (Please understand that community participation is completely optional. I'm talking to you extreme introverts out there! I know you. I'm one too.)
Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms is $129. That includes forever access and the secret Facebook group where you can ask questions of me and interact with hundreds of other weavers also in my online classes. Please contact me with any questions HERE.
Blog posts/reviews of the Little Looms class
Another Small Tapestry Loom on Warped for Good blog