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Lots of free resources aimed at helping the development of skills and understanding in a number of textile related activities. Please get in touch if you know of any resources that you think would enhance this open education area.

Tapestry Weaving

The American Tapestry Alliance's Unlimited Blog Tour was an initiative undertaken between December 2015 and January 2016, with 6 experienced tapestry artists sharing their knowledge and expertise via their blogs. This is an amazing learning resource and below are the links to all of it.

  • Getting started: the first entry was from Vancouver Yarn and includes detailed videos plus lots of information about terms and equipment.
  • In 'techniques to blend colour' Rebecca Mezoff integrates yarns of different colours to create the illusion of further colours. This blog also introduces how to manage multiple wefts. Rebecca is an amazing tapestry artist and runs online tapestry weaving courses as well!
  • Using slits to create vertical lines in tapestry weaving is the focus of Terry Olsen's posting for the Blog Tour. Terry is a very well established tapestry artist who has been weaving for about 25 years.
  • Weaving shapes are addressed by Claudia Chase from Mirrex Looms. She shows how, using the grid of warp and weft, shapes of different types can be woven - including the ever challenging circle!
  • How to 'paint' with yarn: colour blending through multiple strands of weft. This well-illustrated description of a more advanced approach to colour blending is from the wonderfully informative blog by tapestry artist Elizabeth Buckley.
  • The Value of Tapestry is a contribution from amazing tapestry artist Sarah Swett. She is looking at the challenge question of tonal value in the choice of colours when weaving tapestry images. Her post is not only well informed but fantastically illustrated.

Other learning opportunities.

Four selvedge weaving: this is an advanced technique that results in a tapestry without any warp ends to 'tidy up' once the weaving is finished. The very well illustrated explanation is another great blog from tapestry artist, needlewoman and illustrator, Sarah Swett.

Dovecote Tapestry Tutorial with Jonathan Cleaver.  

Tapestry Weaving Technique Videos. The American Tapestry Alliance website provides links to a collection of online videos that demonstrate tapestry weaving equipment and techniques.


Rebecca Mezoff teaches James
Koehler's weft interlock technique
for tapestry weaving                   

Making a Tapestry Woven tapestry techniques


Wind a tapestry bobbin Finishing a Tapestry


 Cloth Weaving


Winding a warp                    
How to warp your table loom. Part 1 How to warp your table loom. Part 2

Free resources can be found at the On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics

Stacey Harvey-Brown's YouTube weaving channel

Textile School has a very wide range of resources and information on weaving

The Weaving Library provides details and drawdowns of a huge number of weave structures

Knitting & Crocheting

How to knit: the basics       How to knit: the purl stitch

General resources

Learning about Merino

Open Library: an easily searched digital lending library

Project Gutenberg: Free eBooks – for textiles and weaving look under art and crafts sections. Two examples Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving by Grace Christie   and Hand-loom weaving by Mattie Phipps Tood