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Rebuilder Tapestry

LouLou Morris, one of the regulars to our local Stitch and Bitch group that meets on Monday evenings at The Park Tavern in Chichester, is also a tapestry weaver. Recently she was commissioned to weave a tapestry for the Chichester Cathedral to celebrate the rebuilding of the cathedral spire.

Rebuilder Tapestry
Rebuilder Tapestry

Artist Statement
Loulou Morris
“Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the foundations of past generations. You will be called the Rebuilder of Broken Walls and the Restorer of Streets Where People live” Isaiah 58:12

Although the theme of my residency is linked to the collapse and subsequent rebuilding of the Cathedral spire, I have chosen to use the prophetic words to explore the idea of “rebuilding” in other ways – as I believe they were intended. There is much to celebrate in the reconstruction of a building; there is even more to celebrate in the regeneration of a people, the renewal of relationships or the healing of an individual. All these strands have been in my mind as I have chosen imagery and words to be included in the tapestry that I shall be weaving during the residency. The act of weaving – creating both imagery and surface at the same time – is wonderful to partake in, as spectator or maker. First there is emptiness, then warp as the foundation and then weft builds the structure and tells the story. Tapestry weaving is a slow and careful art in a fast world. There are no instant results.

Tapestry Artist Rebuilds New Spire
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How long will it take to complete? Loulou estimates about 4 months. So follow on to LouLou’s blogspot to watch the continued progress of this tapestry.

Tapestry on Pipe Loom
Tapestry on Pipe Loom

Rebuilder Tapestry
Rebuilder Tapestry

Rebuilder tapestry

Rebuilder Tapestry
Rebuilder Tapestry
Rebuilder Tapestry
Rebuilder Tapestry

Tapestry Weaving
Tapestry Pillow
Hemp Rya Tapestry
Cardboard Loom Tapestry
Twill Tapestry
Horse Song Tapestry

Tapestry Weaving Books
Tapestry Weaving (Search Press Classics)
Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide
Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique
Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide

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Tapestry pillow: aa041506

hemp tapestry pillows

These pillows were woven on the loom using a double width weaving technique. The centre of each pillow was also woven on the loom, with a variety of techniques: clasped weft, tapestry, and leno lace.

Warp length: 4 yd.

Warp: 3 ply bleached hemp

Sett: 16 epi

Width on Loom: 19 inches

# Ends: 304

Double Width Draft woven on 4 shafts
double width weaving draft

This weaving draft shows how to weave 2 layers on 4 shafts.
Shaft 1 & 2 (Orange) )weave one layer,

and Shafts 3 & 4 (Green) )weave the second layer.
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The above draft shows how to weave a tube.

  • Raising shaft 1 – weaves the top layer.
  • Raising shaft 2 – weaves the bottom layer.
  • Raising shaft 3 – weaves the top layer.
  • Raising shaft 4 – weaves the bottom layer.

 

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To weave the pillow

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The tapestry is centered onto the pillow front. Allow for approx. 2-3 inches for the outside edges of the pillow.

Weave the bottom section of the pillow first, as a tube.

  • Raising shaft 1 – weaves the top layer.
  • Raising shaft 3- weaves the bottom layer.
  • Raising shaft 2 – weaves the top layer.
  • Raising shaft 4 – weaves the bottom layer.

 

After you have woven the bottom edge of the pillow – approx. 3 inches, you will now weave the top sides and the back of the pillow, leaving the centre section unwoven.

  • Starting at the right side of the pillow, raise Shaft 1 to weave the top right side of the pillow.
  • Leaving the centre tapestry section of the pillow unwoven, pick up and weave the top right edge, throwing the shuttle from left to right.
  • Now lift shaft 2 and weave the bottom of the pillow, throwing the shuttle from right to left.
  • Raise shaft 1 and weave the top left edge of the pillow, throwing the shuttle from left to right.
  • Raise shaft 3 and weave the top left edge, throwing the shuttle from right to left.

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Once you have woven the sides of the pillow you can now weave the tapestry centre.

Clasped Weft

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In this example I used a clasped weft technique. Using 2 shuttles of different coloured wefts, throw one shuttle across the weft (Yellow) and return it, looping the weft around the second (Red) weft thread. Pull back gently on the first weft yarn (Yellow) to adjust the placement of the 2 wefts. Change sheds and beat. You may need to use a tapestry beater to beat the threads into place. Weave the next row again with the same clasped weft technique

Clasped Weft

Martha Rae Middleton has collected wonderful examples of this tapestry technique
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Tapestry Weaving

Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide
Tapestry Weaving (Search Press Classics)
Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique
Contemporary International Tapestry
The Complete Book of Tapestry Weaving

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Clipart Guide

Threading the Loom

 
 
Reference:

An Introduction to the Study of Textile Design

A. Barker, Methuen & Co, London,1903

 

Distaff Spinning Wheel

 
 
Reference:

Textiles, Westminster Series

A. Barker, Constable & Company, London 1910
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Textile Clipart Books

Japanese Stencil Designs CD-ROM and Book (Dover Electronic Clip Art)
Japanese paper stencils, called katagami, are exquisitely rendered textile motifs carefully cut from delicate paper and used for printing designs on cloth.
UK: Japanese Stencil Designs

Mexican Indian Folk Designs: 200 Motifs from Textiles (Dover Pictorial Archive Series)
highly stylized images of flowers, plants, animals, birds and humans, from Huichol, Otomi, Tepehua, Huasteco, Nahuatl, Mazatec, Tarahumara, Tepecano, Mestizo, Zapotec, Mixteco, Mazatec and Cuicatec.
UK: Mexican Indian Folk Design

..more Textile Clipart books..

More Clipart

Page 1: Drop Spindles, buttons

Page 2: Dye vats, Mechanical looms

Page 3: Clipart- Silk Moths

Page 4: Clipart -Yarn balls, cotton bolls

Page 5: Clipart -Tapestry weavers

Page 6: Clipart – WPA posters

Page 7: Clipart – Weaver at a loom

Page 8: Clipart – Weaving room, Distaff Wheel

Page 9: Clipart – Icelandic Spinning Wheel

Page 10: Clipart – Silk Reeling, Cotton Gin
Page 11: Clipart – Flax Retting

Page 12: Clipart – Lowell Mill Girls

Page 13: Clipart – Salish Woman – Emily Carr

Page 14: Clipart – Backstrap Loom

Page 15: Clipart – Spanish Woman Carding Wool

Page 16: Clipart – Hopi Basket Weaver
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Handweaving – Butterflies: bl-bfly

On larger looms, the weft thread is usually wound onto a bobbin or shutte, however, on this small cardboard box loom, a shuttle would be too big use. Instead, you can wind the weft thread into small skein or “butterfly”. Butterflies are often used in tapestry weaving as well.

butterfly

  • To start winding the butterfly, place the end of the yarn between your index and first finger.
  • Wrap the yarn around your thumb, forming a loop.

  • Then wrap the yarn around your little finger, and back around your thumb, forming a figure 8.
  • Continue back and forth, wrapping the yarn between your thumb and your little finger, forming figure 8’s.
  • This forms a “cross” in the middle of the 2 loops of yarn that are around your thumb and little fingers.
  • When you have wound sufficient yarn,
  • (usually 10 – 15 revolutions)
  • break the end of the yarn.
  • Then wrap the end of the yarn around the center of the 2 loops (at the cross) a few times.
  • At the last wrap, slip the end of the yarn through this loop and pull the end until it is snug.

To weave with the butterfly, you can pull gently on the starting end and it should slip out of the butterfly.

Tapestry Weaving

Weaving Tapestry on a Spears Childs Loom
Tapestry Pillow
Twill Tapestry
Tapestry Weaving
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The Horse Song Tapestry: aa-kady

I was inspired to weave this tapestry piece after hearing the stories and songs
of the scared Horse of my people. The inspiration came to me while
herding my sheep in the Carrizo Mtn, this past summer. A lot of wild
horses roam in the area and the songs and stories of the horse came
back to me. The Horse Song was taught to me by my grand father Kady
Gonna Begay. My mother still tells me stories of our horses of about a
100, and how she’d help her father tame them. My older sisters would go
out every morning to give offerings to the horses so they too can walk
in beauty.

Navajo Weaving Loom

FROM THE NAVAJO WAR GOD’S HORSE SONG I am the Turqoise Woman’s son.

On top of Belted Mountain,

Beautiful horse–slim like a weasel.

My horse has a hoof like striped agate;

His fetlock is like a fine eagle plume;

His legs are like quick lightning.

My horse’s body is like an eagle-plumed arrow;

My horse has a tail like a trailing black cloud.

I put flexible goods on my horse’s back;

The Little Holy Wind blows through his hair.

His mane is made of short rainbows.

My horse’s ears are made of round corn.

My horse’s eyes are made of big stars.

My horse’s head is made of mixed waters–

From the holy waters–he never knows thirst.

My horse’s teeth are made of white shell.

The long rainbow is in his mouth for a bridle,

and with it I guide him.

When my horse neighs, different-colored horses follow.

When my horse neighs, different-colored sheep follow.

I am wealthy, because of him.

Before me peaceful,

Behind me peaceful,

Under me peaceful,

Over me peaceful,

All around me peaceful–

Peaceful voice when he neighs.

I am Everlasting and Peaceful.

I stand for my horse.

NAVAJO HORSE SONG (Blessing Way)
How joyous his neigh!

Lo, the Turquoise Horse of Johano-ai,

How joyous his neigh,

There on precious hides outspread, standeth he;

How joyous his neigh,

There of mingled waters holy, drinketh he;

How joyous his neigh,

There in mist of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he;

How joyous his neigh,

These his offspring may grow and thrive forevermore;

How joyous his neigh!

Horse song tapestry

Horse song Navajo rug
This beautiful textile is for sale, and if you are interested in
purchasing it, the textile measures 25 1/2″ (W) X 35 1/1″ (L), the wool are all natural colors, hand-spun by my grand mother Elizabeth Kady
Begay and Shima.

Please call me or email me back, may you all walk in beauty.


Roy Kady

P.O. Box 209

Teec Nos Pos, AZ., 86514

928-656-3498

Ethnic Textiles
Weaving Information
Weaving Drafts, projects, patterns.

Tapestry Weaving Books
Tapestry Weaving (Search Press Classics)
Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide
Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique
Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide

Tapestry Weaving: tapestry

Hemp Tapestry Pillows
A weaving project to weave a pillow, inlayed with tapestry.

Fish Hut tapestry

Tapestry
Tapestry weaving offers a much broader medium to work with than paint. Some of the basic tapestry techniques are touched upon in this article.

Winding a Butterfly
How to wind a butterfly.

Spears Weaving Loom
Weave small tapestries using a child’s Spears weaving loom.

Lady and The Unicorn Tapestries
A visit to see the Unicorn Tapestries in Paris.

Archie Brennan LoomArchaeology and Anatolian Slit-Tapestry
The Weaving Art Museum and Research Institute features an exhibit on slit-tapestry weaving (kelim) woven on warp weighted looms.

Bay City Tapestry
It took 1 year and nearly 100 lbs. of hand-dyed wool to complete this tapestry that depicts the landmarks in Bay City. Woven by tapestry artist, Monique Lehman.

Cecilia Blomberg
Swedish tapestry artist, Cecilia Blomberg lives in Gig Harbour and weave tapestry throughout the world. Here are some images of her work for Grays Harbor College.

Displayaway
Not a tapestry site, but a clever way to display and hang your tapestries.

Hand-Made Art
Specializes in custom made Romanian tapestries.

Kate Wells
Tapestry artist and carpet designer, Kate Wells, uses vibrancy of colour and distinctive imagery. She wants her “work to be as accessible and lasting as the sea”.

Marilyn Vee
“After my first contact with a loom at the age of 20, I could never forget the good feeling it gave me working it.” Marilyn’s tapestries exhibit her good feelings and her love of this craft.

Olga Knyaz Tapestry
Russian tapestry weavers specialize in commissioned art work, landscapes, family portraits and carpets.

Olga de Amaral: Woven Gold
Olga de Amaral applies gold and silver leaf to woven silk, cotton, horsehair or linen that results in shimmering tapestry.

Russian Tapestries
Textile artists Olga Knyaz and Yaroslaw Rozputnyak weave beautifully detailed tapestry. Enjoy!

Sarah Swett
Colours build on each other, telling stories in Sarah Swett’s incredible gallery of tapestries.

Shape Weaving
3 Dimensional shapes woven directly on the loom.

Tatyana Koozina
Take some time to enjoy Tatyana’s beautiful tapestry gallery.

Tapestry Weaving Books

Tapestry 101
There are plans for a simple, but competent loom, information on the equipment and materials you’ll need for weaving, and instructions on doing the basic techniques that you need to know to complete your own tapestry.

Tapestry Weaving
This book contains everything you need to know about the materials you need to get started, how to start and how to create wonderful patterns, landscapes and images.

Tapestry Handbook
The weaving process is explained step-by-step and illustrated with over 300 beautiful color photographs and diagrams of tapestry techniques.

Tapestry Weaving
Clear instructions on how to weave tapestry.

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Tapestry Weaving: aa123097

Jack Lenor Larsen describes tapestry as having “a pliable plane, with a forgiving surface which ages slowly and gracefully….it has far broader ranges of material, scale, pattern, and expression than any other medium.”

Tapestry is usually woven on upright tapestry looms, or on smaller frame looms. You can even weave tapestry on a cardboard box. To weave a tapestry, a cartoon is first drawn on a piece of paper. The cartoon can be pinned behind the warp threads. As the design is woven, the cartoon is repositioned with the movement of the warp.

Some of the more common tapestry techniques are illustrated below.

In the Slit technique, each colour is woven back and forth, separately. This is generally used in small sections as a slit is created in the rug.
Two colours can also meet by wrapping around the same warp thread. The Warp Interlock creates a jagged edge and is used in diagonal joins.
In the Weft Interlock, the two adjoining colours wrap around each other between two warp threads. It is used on long vertical joins.
Diagonal (or other) shapes are woven using a combination of interlocking techniques. The steepness of the diagonal determines when to change to the next colour.

Colour and shading in a tapestry is achieved by using multiple weft threads. By changing the amount or direction of twist in a group of threads, you can obtain different colour effects.

Tapestry
More links to inspiring tapestry sites

Tapestry Weaving Books

Tapestry 101
There are plans for a simple, but competent loom, information on the equipment and materials you’ll need for weaving, and instructions on doing the basic techniques that you need to know to complete your own tapestry.

Tapestry Weaving
This book contains everything you need to know about the materials you need to get started, how to start and how to create wonderful patterns, landscapes and images.

Tapestry Handbook
The weaving process is explained step-by-step and illustrated with over 300 beautiful color photographs and diagrams of tapestry techniques.

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