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Joined: 02/08/2010

Hi all,

I have a copper frame loom and would like to add heddles - 2 shafts, preferably.  Anyone have some good pictures of a frame loom with such?  I didn't build it, unfortunately, with the parts that come out of the top and overhang, and it's soldered.

Thanks!

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Hi,

Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild is sponsoring an Intermediate Tapestry Workshop with Rebecca Mezoff on January 16, 17,18, 2016.  Registration is now open.  For additional information or to register go to the Chattahoochee Handweavers Website:  www.chgweb.com.

 

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Kathe Todd-Hooker will be teaching a tapestry workshop at the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild in October 2012.  Registration is now open.  If you are interested in the workshop details are available at:  www.chgweb.com.  Online registration is there as well. The workshop will be in Dunwoody, GA which is in the Atlanta metro area.

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Can I weave a tapestry on a regular weaving loom, or do I need a tapestry loom? What is a good tapestry book? Can I also weave a Navajo style rug with a regular loom?............Steve.

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Joined: 08/05/2010

Hi Steve,

whether you can weave a tapestry on a floor loom depends on how wide your tapestry is in relation to your loom ( in my opinion) and how heavy your loom is. If you can get your tension high,  and you can get a hard beat you maybe able to do it. Remember if you do a narrow sample, the wider piece will not beat as hard. I have done 3  / 10 inch wide tapestries done on a 36 in LeClerc and I used a tapestry beater, everything turned out very well. ( so I didn't weave in straight rows and didn't use the beater bar)

Now I only use a tapestry loom, there are many tapestry professionals who say it can't be done on a floor loom because of not getting tension tight enough,  but I do know of a couple of tapestry artists who do. But don't know what kind of looms they use.

i do not know about Navajo Looms. 

there are plans ( online) to build an Archie Brennan loom, it's a cooper loom, which works very well and inexpensive to build, for regular tapestry. Everything you need is at one of those big building stores:)

hope this helps,

Cathie

P.S. I agree with Claudia about Kathe Todd-Hooker's Tapestry 101, great book!

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Hi Steve,

I have several books on Navajo style weaving and they all stress the use of a Navajo style loom.  If you are weaving a Navajo style rug, it's a weft faced design on tightly spun wool with a sett of 8-10 epi, I imagine you could do it on a loom where you can get very high tension.  I'm not an authority, just thinking out loud.

As for tapestry, there is a thread from several months ago on resources for tapestry weaving.  I prefer Kathe Todd-Hooker's book, Tapestry 101.  It's excellent and available from Kathe here.  I have read others but favor this one.  

Claudia