Tutorial: How to Weave a Tiny Tapestry

17 November 2021
By Janna Maria Vallee
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Building on her introduction to tapestry weaving and its unique vocabulary, instructor Janna Maria Vallee returns with a thorough step-by-step tutorial on how to make a tiny tapestry on a cardboard loom you’ll construct yourself.

Ed. note: This tutorial is so thorough, indeed, that we are presenting it in the form of a mini-course so that it’s easy to progress through the steps in order without being overwhelmed by a very, very long page. This is a new approach for us, and we hope you enjoy it. Each section of the tutorial will display on its own page, and you may progress from one lesson or topic to the next. The mini-course is powered by online-course software; if you have taken an online course, some features may be familiar. As always, our tutorials and craft patterns are included with Studio Membership; join or upgrade today to learn and create along with us!

Tapestry Weaving Glossary:

Pick: One line of weft woven into the warp on the loom.

Sett: The relationship between the warp yarn and the weft yarn.

Ends per inch (EPI): The spacing of the warps and how many warps fall within a 1-inch (2.5 cm) area across the loom.

Shed: The space where the weft passes between the warps which are lifted and the ones which are left in a resting position.

All images credit Janna Maria Vallee.

About Janna Maria Vallee

Janna Maria Vallee is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily within the media of botanical dyeing and tapestry weaving. In 2008 Janna attended Capilano University’s Textile Art diploma program and in 2013 graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University’s Fibres and Material Practices program (Montreal, Quebec.)In 2016 Janna returned with her family to the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia and in 2018, as her son entered kindergarten, launched Everlea Yarn, a specialty shop offering naturally dyed yarns for knitting and weaving, tapestry weaving supplies and knitting kits.

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