Gear Guide: Tapestry-Weaving Tools

Whether you’re weaving traditional-style tapestries or textured art pieces, there are a few weaving tools that will make your life easier.

MUST-HAVES:

1. LOOM

Looms used for simple tapestry are the most basic of tools, just enough to hold the warp evenly spaced and under tension for your creative endeavors. For the pieces demonstrated here, a frame loom or lap loom will do the trick. Some tapestry looms have another element, a mechanism for holding heddles and a shed. Another fun option is a circular loom, which holds the warp threads in a radiating pattern.

Weaving Tools: Schacht School Loom

Schacht School Loom

2. NEEDLE

Depending on your yarn and the width of your warp, you may be able to use a typical tapestry needle or longer weaving needle to pass the weft.

Hokett Would Work Needle

Hokett Would Work Needle

3. SHED STICK

A smooth piece of wood longer than the width of your warp, this will hold one of the weaving sheds open, making half of the weft passes a cinch. Most weavers use a pick-up stick for this purpose.

4. STICK SHUTTLES

Although you could use a needle to place each pick, the short lengths of yarn involved can make for a lot of ends to weave in. A shuttle will hold more yarn and be easier to pass through the warp.

5. LOOM

Majacraft Circular Loom 7″ (available from The Woolery)

Weaving Tools: Majacraft Circular Loom 7" (available from The Woolery)

Majacraft Circular Loom 7″ (available from The Woolery)

NICE TO HAVE:

1. TAPESTRY BOBBINS

Special tapestry bobbins help the yarn pass between warp threads.

Weaving Tools: Glimakra Tapestry Bobbin

Glimakra Tapestry Bobbin

2. WEAVING FORK, COMB, OR BEATER

To press the weft into place, you will need a device that slips between the weft threads easily. You could use a dining fork, but a specially made tapestry fork is more efficient.

Navajo Weaving Forks (available from The Woolery)

Navajo Weaving Forks (available from The Woolery)

Schacht Tapestry Beater

Schacht Tapestry Beater

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