Hit the Road with Tapestry Weaving

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 Christina's backyard tapestry inspiration.

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imageplaceholder Christina Garton
Editor, Weaving Today
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I believe that in the past I have often stated my love of portable looms. As soon as the weather gets vaguely spring-like I spend as much time out of doors as possible. And now that the sun rises extra early and doesn’t set until well in the evening I am able to spend many happy hours on my back porch sipping iced tea, looking at mountains, and weaving.

While in the past my looms of choice have been pin, rigid-heddle, and even inkle, I am very excited to be adding a new little loom to my repertoire. I have long wanted to try my hand at weaving miniature tapestries, but getting both the loom and a nice selection of tapestries yarns was a deterrent. So while we were coming up with ideas for summer kits, I admit to greedily suggesting a kit that would meet my own needs: a kit that included a both wonderful little loom and plenty of tapestry yarn in a variety of colors. Other people seemed to think this was a good idea and so the Tapestry on the Road kit was born!

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  One of the Hokett looms in action.

This kit has EVERYTHING you need to weave (except, perhaps, for scissors): the miniature handloom and tiny weaving equipment (all handcrafted in bird’s eye maple by the delightful Jim Hokett of Hokett Would Work), a tapestry wool starter pack that has twenty 8-yard skeins of Waverly Wool tapestry yarn in a wide variety of colors, and a digital copy of the May/June 2012 issue of Handwoven where Nancy Taylor wrote about how she weaves mini “postcard” tapestries when she travels.

I plan on not just weaving tapestries from my back porch but also taking the loom with me on weekend trips in the mountains and on my longer summer vacation. The loom will also accompany me to the dentist when my husband has his wisdom teeth removed, to the DMV when I renew my driver’s license, and to the shady park across the street where I can weave and watch wee lizards scamper through the underbrush.
 
I figure I’ll start simple with geometric shapes and slowly work my way to more “realistic” tapestries. Maybe by this time next year I’ll be able to weave my beautiful view of the Organ Mountains as I set on my back porch.
 
Happy Weaving!
 
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