The Tapestry Weaving group meets to share and explore any information, techniques or ideas
relating to tapestry weaving.
The group is open to anyone with an interest in tapestry weaving. All skill levels are welcome. Members are encouraged to bring along whatever current project they are working on for show and tell.
There is lots of discussion and sometimes weaving actually takes place!
Enquiries: Liz Long by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is tapestry weaving?
The vertical warp is intersected by the discontinuous wefts
completely cover the warps.
Tapestry weaving is one of the oldest forms of woven
textile. Unchanged for centuries, this hand weaving
technique can be done on the simplest of looms.
Tapestry is a weft-faced weave, which means the weft completely covers the warp, forming a flat smooth
surface. The weft is woven in by hand, using bobbins, butterflies or needles. The design is usually drawn on paper and placed behind the warp and used as a guide during weaving, or it can be marked directly onto the warp.
Each colour or design area is woven independently of the others and requires a separate weft thread. Depending
on the thickness of the warp and the size of the tapestry,
the number of weft threads used in each ‘bundle’ varies.
Having multiple weft threads allows the weaver to mix a limitless range of colour.
Despite the craft being deemed not economically viable (in Victoria) and phased out of our art and
textile courses, there are growing numbers of tapestry weavers, both professional and avocational
producing their own designs. There are also a number of regional, national and international
organisations, which have formed to promote an awareness of and appreciation for tapestry
weaving as an art form.
Further information and inspiration can be found at:
Australian Tapestry Workshop
American tapestry alliance
Visiting Tim by Glennis Leary
Cotton warp, wool, silk and cotton weft.
Size: 51.5 cm X 63.5 cm
Inspired by a trip on the Ghan to Darwin and the Kimberley to see my son who lives there.
The escarpment-like shapes represent some
of our experiences from the trip.
I really enjoyed translating the experiences
into weavable images.
Ammonite by Mary McArdle
Based on the theme Mountains to Sea, this is an image of an ammonite, a shell that was formed in the ancient seas but is now found in the mountains in stone form.
Cotton warp, wool and silk weft.
Size: 13.5 x 20 cm.
||Detail: from one of a suite of three tapestries woven by RMIT students for the Dorothy Impey Nursing Home, Pascoe Vale. 2010
Mt Tongariro and Napier Beach by Joy Smith
Wool and cotton. 2012.
20 cm x 20 cm