Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Using a cartoon for tapestry on a floor loom

I got a lot of responses on Facebook, in comments on the blog, and in my inbox from people about my last post Tapestry Weaving Differently. The post talked about the different ways we weave tapestry (from the front, from the back, high warp loom, low warp loom) and the discussion focused on why this is so. I think in the end there was a lot of agreement from people responding that factors such as the way you learned and the sort of weaving you are trying to accomplish make a great deal of difference.

I most appreciate and agree with the perspective that I am making art (at least that is what I am aiming for) and the way I make it is an individual choice hopefully based on what I am trying to accomplish as an artist. What works for me doesn't work for someone else and having lists of rules of what is and isn't tapestry only narrows our ability to create something that speaks to the world.

Someone asked about how I attach a cartoon to my floor loom and from there I was off on a video-making quest. I got some new software I needed to test out and I finally learned the new program well enough to post a video. So here it is. This is one way to attach a cartoon to a floor loom. The video also gives you a better idea about how I weave. It runs a little long, so if you only want to know the actual attaching part, skip in a few minutes.

And more progress on the tapestry. Feet and all. Don't look too carefully at the feet. I've never had a pedicure in my life and it is summer (sandals, dry, dirt, etc).


  1. Rebecca,
    I just came across your blog, and fell in love with your work! You have really inspired me!
    I am a weaver. I am mostly weaving rugs, as that is what I sell the most. I have done a little tapestry weaving, and would love to try it on a floor loom. I have 3 floor looms, and was wondering what size reed I should use. Thank you, Patty Martinson

    1. Hi Patty, That all depends! I can't answer that question unless I know what weft yarn you're using and what the designs are. Everything is interconnected. I talk about this extensively in my online class Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry. But as a starter, I recommend beginners use 8 epi and a worsted-weight equivalent yarn.


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