Learning to weave Tapestry

Living in the Southwest, I am fascinated by the Navajo weavers and their rugs.  And to appreciate their skill and artistry, I have been TRYING my hand at rug and tapestry weaving.  Let me tell you that the Navajo weavers are true masters of their craft and I am no way anywhere near their level.  But I am having fun and slowly working on my own style.  Some of my projects do reflect my quilting background.  I’ve tried to use quilting patterns as a guide, but I’m not satisfied with those results.  If you promise not to laugh, I’ll let you see my progression.

This was one of my first tries on a Schacht table tapestry loom.  I used Brown Sheep yarn from my LYS.Image

The next one was adapted from a quilted wall hanging.   It’s rather sad, but one must start somewhere.Image

I wanted to try a larger one.  This design was taken from “Quilted Legends of the West” quilt book.  I used rug yarn from Halcyon Yarns.ImageImage

Next, I started working on my first Navajo style rug.  My spacing was off a bit, but I did finish it.ImageImage

Now for my latest attempt.  I developed the design from Arizona State Museum website.Image

And this is the progress so far.Image

I transformed an Ashford tapestry loom to a Navajo style loom.  Image

I’m using all my own hand spun wool and the center part of the rug will be woven with natural plant dyed wool.  I’m hoping to weave about an inch a day.We will see how this goes.  Sometimes life gets in the way.

See ya!


About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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5 Responses to Learning to weave Tapestry

  1. Cheryl says:

    Wow! How fun! And, I think you’re doing a fabulous job! I’m so excited for you about this and especially your latest project! I’ve been fascinated with this type of weaving for a long time and hope to give it a try one day too. I had no idea it was so challenging though. Can’t wait to see your finished rug. Have fun! 🙂

  2. Holy cow! That is awesome!!! You may not think you’re good, but let me tell you, you are! I’ve tried tapestry weaving and it is much harder than it looks to get all of those lines straight and even harder to do curves. I am very impressed!

    • psobrien says:

      Gee, thanks! I really appreciate your comments! I’m sure you’ve seen so many types of weaving, and I have a high regard for your opinion!

      Thanks again, Sandy Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason. Jos Maria de Ea de Queiroz

  3. ordinarybutinteresting says:

    WOW — I was impressed with your first attempt….I’m jealous at all the other ones! You’ve done an awesome job!!
    Nothing beats getting a true appreciation for something than trying to do it yourself. Congratulations on all your attempts…I mean successes!

  4. Patty Holland Bender says:

    Your weaving look super! I’m also attempting a Navajo style rug. The counting for geometric design coupled with color changes and various joins is so exacting. I’m really making a mess on the back. How they weave in the ends is amazing. I love how you adapted your loom, so clever. I’ve been considering converting my twining loom into a Navajo style loom. Thank you for sharing your journey. Patty

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