Tapestry Postcards – The Lilli Loom Tapestry Weaving Collection

For a few years now—honestly, that’s how slow I move—I’ve wanted to weave some tapestry postcards. I became intrigued at a tapestry show where one of the requirements was to design your tapestry as though it were an actual postcard; I think some people even mailed theirs with a stamp on the back. (Clearly, there were some completely trusting souls in that group!)

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Just a few weeks ago I discovered Vedauwoo in Wyoming. Yet another tapestry postcard candidate? Photo credit: Susan E. Horton

For a tapestry weaver, a postcard is probably not a big deal—it’s a small format—but for me, a non-tapestry weaver, it seems like a huge challenge. I can envision my postcards, but putting yarn on a tapestry loom and actually weaving a little mountain, cottage, or what-have-you is daunting. I don’t know where to begin, so I keep dreaming of them arranged on my wall in a beautiful grid, but I do nothing to make that dream a reality.

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The Lilli Loom comes with the tools you need to get started. Photo courtesy of Schacht Spindle Company

I also spend a lot of time looking at other people’s tapestries on Pinterest and other sites. I love tapestry, but I just don’t do it. That’s why I’m hoping that the Lilli Loom Tapestry Weaving Collection we have put together will encourage me and, perhaps, you to weave your first tapestry. I felt invested in the idea, so I picked out the 12 colors of Waverly Wool from Brown Sheep Company that are in the kit, and I did so with the idea of picking colors that might work for postcards. I picked “travel colors,” if there are such things. As much as I love linen, I felt that for a first tapestry kit, 8/4 cotton rug warp was a better choice, so we included an 8-ounce cone. For instruction and inspiration, we added Rachel Denbow’s ever-popular ebook DIY Woven Art, although if you’re weaving postcards, you may not need any inspiration. The Lilli Loom, the star of the collection, is made by Schacht Spindle Company. The loom, at 10” x 15”, is compact enough for travel but large enough to weave more than just postcards. The Lilli Loom comes with a beater, stick shuttle, pick-up stick, shed stick, and weaving needle, so you don’t have to figure out what other tools you need to get started.

And you will get started, won’t you? Join me in a tapestry journey. This time, I’m going to do more than dream.
Weave well!

Featured Image: I’d love to capture this photo of the Montreal Botanical Gardens in a tapestry. Photo credit: Susan E. Horton

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