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Finished (Finally!): Tapestry Weaving

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It only took me about ten months to finish this 4″x6″ weaving. Honestly, the Lightning Weaver is an awesome loom and I’ve used it for several small tapestries, but quite awhile ago, I wished I hadn’t started this type of a project on it. I used embroidery thread and needles to weave it. At 12 epi, it was pretty fine. My goal when I began was to work in more curves and colors. You can tell I jumped into “finish” mode where the lines start traveling from selvedge to selvedge. I went back to shapes near the end.

The Lightning Weaver has little hooks on either end, which makes it impossible to weave up until the edge. So, I’m left with some white threads poking out, but that’s okay. Throughout the weaving, I overlapped where I started and stopped threads. This keeps the back very tidy. Any loose threads can be safely trimmed away.

Tapestry Experiment

Tapestry Experiment

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Tapestry Experiment

Loopy

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The first part of the green loop was fun. Drawing a spiral with a marker on the warp threads is one thing… actually weaving it is another. I was surprised that it moved along really quickly. There are areas here and there with warp threads peaking out. I’m having some trouble beating the weft enough to cover them because the warp threads are a bit loose.

Orange Tapestry

New Little Weaving

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Orange is probably my favorite color. I don’t wear it, but I like it, especially when it’s bright and cheerful and nearly hurts your eyes. Here I’m playing around with embroidery floss on the vintage Lightning Weaver. (I drew a pattern on the warp threads with a Sharpie.)

This experiment started because I want to practice weaving with little patches of colors and shapes to see how the background (orange!) will build up and recede.

Lightning Weaver Tapestry