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Tapestry Weaving - an illustrated guide by Christabel Balfour

Tapestry Weaving - an illustrated guide by Christabel Balfour


I’m so pleased to be able to offer you (as the only stockist in Australia) Christabel Balfour’s beautifully illustrated guide to Tapestry Weaving.

Christabel has been weaving since she was a little girl and has much to offer in terms of techniques and advice for new and experienced weavers.

This 30 page booklet covers basic and advanced techniques, breaking them down into simple, easy-to-understand instructions, accompanied by beautiful, hand drawn illustrations.

This booklet covers:
-Tapestry weaving- what it is and how it differs from cloth weaving
-Types of looms for use in tapestry weaving
-Weaving tools and how to use them
-Planning your weaving and choosing your fibres
-Warping your loom and beginning to weave
-Shape-building, starting with geometric shapes and moving on to more complex structures
-Interlocking and hatching techniques for creating a well-structured weaving.
-Colour-blending, creating vertical lines with pick and pick and soft gradients
-Free Weave, a more organic type of tapestry weaving
-Creating texture with twill, soumak and rya knotting
-How to finish your weaving once you’ve taken it off the loom
-How to display and frame your weavings

A little more about the author

Christabel Balfour studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, where she specialised in woven sculpture.

Since graduating in 2013, she has developed a practice as a tapestry weaver, and set up her studio in 2015. She weaves large rugs and wall-hangings from her south London studio, working on a 1976 Harris floor loom and a 1992 Don Porrit Loom, both of which she restored and assembled herself.

Her designs are inspired by the modern architecture of the city, but also seek to evoke a sense of openness, space and tranquility. Working every day at her loom is deeply meditative, and this translates into designs which are simple, minimal and stripped down to their essence.

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