Tapestries have been done for years. If you are considering taking this up as a hobby and making one, here are a few tips to get you started.
First, decide is what type and size of tapestry do you want to make. When we say type, we are referring to the theme of the tapestry, the fabric that will be used and how this will be mounted. As for size, we are talking about how big it will be since this will be displayed in one part of the house.
Next, there are two ways to make tapestry. You can sew this by hand or with the help of a sewing machine. If this is small, sure you can do this by hand but you should also take into consideration whether this will be trimmed or not and what fabric you will be using.
One you have decided, the only thing to do is prepare the materials. If you don’t have them, purchase this from the craft store. To check if you have everything you need, lay it out and do a last minute check.
Craftsmen in the past had an idea what they wanted to make so you should do the same and the best way to do that is to come up with a drawing and then use this as a guide. This should be done patiently so you avoid making any mistakes and it doesn’t matter whether you are doing this by hand or with the help of a machine.
Before you begin with your needle, make sure the edges of the canvass are framed. You can do this by putting masking tape on the edges or hemming it with a sewing machine. So you don’t have a hard time taking it out. It will be best to use the first option.
If you are still having a hard time, use a tapestry frame as this will hold the canvas and prevent the design from being distorted.
It is normal to feel tired after working on the pattern for hours. If you feel tired, stop, take a break and then continue work after you have rested. Always look at your work and the drawing so you know you are right on track with what you are doing.
One of the most challenging aspects of making a tapestry is the ending which is known as blocking. Yes we have used a tapestry frame to keep the design from being distorted but most of the time, this will still happen.
To fix this, dampen the canvas with some water and pin the corners to the desired shape and leave it for a few hours. When you come back, it will look exactly just like the picture which you have used as a blueprint.
Making a tapestry is not easy and it is going to take a lot of patience. Before you make a big one, perhaps you should start first with a small one and see how well you perform.
Remember, this is a just a hobby so there is no deadline when this will be finished. Just have fun and the rest will follow because you are sure to perform better when you are relaxed. After a few weeks or months, you can step back and be proud knowing that you did a splendid job making your first ever tapestry.