Sunday, November 16, 2008


These are my first two four by four inch squares...

I just finished the backs of them as practice for the other small tapestries that I am finishing this week. I used the method James Koehler described in the workshop I took. I thought you might be interested.

Each square was started with -

1. one row of twining with the warp
2. six pics of warp as weft
3. six pics of weft, the kind used in the tapestry
4. soumack - with the ridge showing on the front side
5. then I started weaving the design.

Each square was ended in the same way but in reverse.

I folded the tapestry at the soumack edge and steamed it to make sure it was as flat as it could be and was as close to 4 by 4 as it could be.

Koehler suggests using twill tape and sew the velcro on it. Since these pieces are so small I didn't use any twill tape and simply placed the velcro right at the soumack edge and sewed it on with my sewing machine.

I did a damask edge [simply half hitches pulled upwards] with the loose warp on the side where the warp was long. On one side I had really short warp left over so I simply glued it. I cut the warp so there was less than an half inch left.

I then sewed the other edge of the velcro by hand to the tapestry making sure to catch all the warp ends.

Here's what it looks like on the back -


At 6:10 PM, Blogger Sherri Woodard Coffey said...

Thanks for the finishing tips for the Squares. I'm wondering what you used for a loom. I've been looking for something small to weave on for years to do small tapestries.


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