Workshop – Silk Tapestry

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silk_tapestry01silk_tapestry02silk_tapestry03silk_tapestry04silk_tapestry05silk_tapestry06silk_tapestry07I had a wonderful day yesterday learning to make small silk tapestries. The class was taught by Marie Clews and Yvonne Eade (see some of her work in my post 2-Mar-2013), and organised by ATASDA.

It was a really nice group of seven students. I thought it might be a relaxed, chatty sort of day, but apart from the breaks we were all very quiet and focused on our work.

We worked on canvas stretcher frames and wove 20/2 silk using a needle. The warp width was 5 cm and most of us chose to weave slightly less to keep a rectangular shape.

I am very excited about the possibilities with this – results with relatively small time investment; it’s small and portable, unlike most weaving; 20/2 silk is one of my favourite yarns and I’ve got lots of colours I’ve dyed in the past (for example see post 28-Jan-2011); it’s weaving!; although I haven’t done tapestry weaving before, I think some of the ideas learnt from a rug weaving class with Jason Collingwood (see 23-Apr-2011) may be adaptable, and there’s lots more learning potential; the results could be taken further with beading, stitching, etc; I’ve already started thinking about lots of applications as special little elements in a work.

On the right are all our results – unfortunately I didn’t make notes of names! Pretty little things, aren’t they 🙂

Edited later to add: I can’t believe I wrote “I haven’t done tapestry weaving before”. There was just Project 9 of Textiles 1: A Creative Approach (see for example my post 14-Oct-2012)! Ahem. It will be interesting to try some of those techniques on a smaller scale.


4 Responses to “Workshop – Silk Tapestry”

  1. 1 Claire B November 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    So which one is yours, Judy?
    They look great. You could thread tiny seed beads on the weft, use variegated threads or several thinner silk threads of various colours together.
    Nice to take a short time out from OCA to do something different.

    • 2 fibresofbeing November 17, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Hi Claire

      Mine is the bottom one – purple and a mix of blue and green. We actually used the 20/2 silk doubled, and I think some people tried tripled or mixed. I like the idea of seed beads on the weft – possible using a beading thread in the weft bundle for strength and to avoid problems with fitting through the bead.

      Textured threads could be good too – I think I’ve seen some mohair in some of Yvonne’s samples.

      • 3 Claire B November 18, 2013 at 7:26 am

        Eyelash yarn is very thin so you could build up a small area with texture or do periodic wefts so you get lines of eyelashes throughout.
        You could try thin boucle or crinkle yarn as well.
        Lots of scope.
        Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

  2. 4 Meg November 18, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Yes, indeedy! I started looking into the tapestry technique a while back, and am convinced it has its uses outside just making tapestry for me. Figureing out the shed has been my next goal among other things.

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