Monday, October 26, 2015

How to Make Tapestries (part 2 of 2)

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.

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