WHAT IS TAPESTRY, ANYWAY?

I use the term ‘hand woven tapestry’, which is an artwork woven on a loom with a weft-faced weaving structure.

For information about how to care for a tapestry, please refer to my friend and fellow tapestry-weaver Rachel Hine’s website:  CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF WOVEN ARTWORKS

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Tapestry progress - the vertical threads are the 'warp', and the horizontal are the 'weft'

Tapestry progress – the vertical threads are the ‘warp’, and the horizontal are the ‘weft’

The word ‘tapestry’ is often incorrectly applied to needlepoint and cross stitch.  I believe that the term has been used as slang since the 1800s (especially in the US), when needlepoint became popular in the home and tried to imitate hand woven tapestries.  It’s one of my pet hates, since as much as I love needlepoint, it is very easy to learn, whereas tapestry weaving is incredibly complicated and takes many years of practice to master.

You can view videos of me weaving (both tapestry and handweaving) HERE!