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Tapping into Weaving
June 22, 2022, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Introduction class with Bobbie, Weaving on a Loom

About a week and a half ago, I took an introductory class on Tapestry weaving from Bobbie from At Home Modern in Philadelphia. And, I finished it yesterday. I enjoyed the process. I see tension issues but perhaps that was because the top part was done in class, the middle one night, and the bottom another night. I didn’t expect a masterpiece on the first attempt anyway.

You can’t see it in the picture but the yarn sheds and I don’t like that. It seems messy. And, it was stretchy which probably led to tension differencestoo. So, I will try a different yarn and there are lots of yarns to try!

It’s nice to see something finished relatively quickly unlike needlepoint which is a much slower process. The reasons it worked up quickly is because the fiber was so bulky and that won’t happen with thinner threads and warp thread was on every other tooth and I want to try it on every tooth.



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 BekaInc.com 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 knitpicks.com (https://www.knitpicks.com/yarn/tuff-puff/c/5420288).



Introduction to Weaving on a Loom with Bobbie – June 11 Class in Philadelphia
May 8, 2022, 11:09 am
Filed under: Introduction class with Bobbie, Weaving on a Loom

Bobbie is an art historian, and she runs At Home Modern. When she lived in Philadelphia, she ran a business to help people create midcentury interiors. When she purchased a mid-century home, she went on the search for bargello pillows to complement the 1960′s house. Here’s a story about Bobbie and her pillows: https://retrorenovation.com/2012/03/06/erica-wilson-and-margaret-boyles-teach-bargello-needlepoint-pillows-to-bobbie/. Since moving to Maine, she became a fiber artist weaving pieces on looms. She returns to Philadelphia for an introduction to weaving class on June 11.

Make your own woven wall hanging!

In this workshop, Bobbie says that students will learn the essentials of tapestry weaving by creating woven wall hangings using a frame loom. We will cover: • loom basics • fiber selection • weaving tools • warping a loom • stitches and knots • shapes and space • removing a weaving from the loom • various finishing techniques This workshop includes a 10-inch loom and everything you need to complete your tapestry (all yours to keep)! You are welcome to bring your own favorite yarns if you wish – I suggest bulky yarns (weight 5 or above) for beginners. Contact me (Bobbie) if you would like a larger loom for an upcharge: 14 inch +$10, 20 inch +30, 36 inch +$210.
Date:
Saturday, Jun 11, 2022 starting at 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Total of 1 session for 3 hours 30 minutes

Cost $200

Contact Details

Second State Press, North American Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

267-237-5413

bobbie@athomemodern.com

https://www.athomemodern.com/

https://www.athomemodern.com/coursesandworkshops

I (Melita) am already signed up and requested an upgrade for the 14” loom. Hope to see others there.