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Introduction to Tapestry Weaving Class
June 11, 2022, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Introduction class with Bobbie, Weaving on a Loom

Bobbie is an art historian, runs At Home Modern, and is a weaver. Five of us joined her at Second Street Press, an art center, near Center City Philadelphia. In a 3-hour class, we got introduced to Tapestry weaving.

We put the warp thread on first winding up and down. It is the thin black cotton vertical threads. I upgraded to the 14″ Weaving Frame from in case I want to create larger pieces. In order to keep up with class, I kept this one at about 10″ wide.

We started with Twining.

Added rows of Tabby. You can weave with your hands or the long wooden weaving needle seen in the photo. I did it both ways.

Then, I manipulated the colors because weaving rows back and forth would not have been much of a challenge. And added Soumak stitch using wool roving the fluffy large light blue fiber (also used in needle felting).

I see now that my top row of Twining is wrong. It should look like a braid. Easily removed. That was as far as I got. I could end it here but we got yarn to take home so I will make it longer to practice weaving more. I also need to add a row between the light and dark blue rows because they are woven in the same direction although it certainly would be interesting to see in a larger area. Kind of like a double brick stitch. I enjoyed seeing Bobbie again and very nice people in class.

The thinner of the light blue fibers and the darker blue fiber are both single ply yarns called Tuff Puff, which you can get at (

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