Free Tapestry Weaving Projects and Guides

You'll love these tapestry weaving patterns whether or not you have a tapestry loom. Our free eBook includes instructions and photos to follow as you weave.

Long Thread Editorial Staff May 6, 2019 - 6 min read

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Sara Lamb working on a cut pile tapestry. Photo courtesy of Sara Lamb

According to textile historians, tapestry weaving has been practiced for more than two thousand years, and it is a favorite craft among both experienced and novice weavers today. Tapestry can be woven with simple looms and simple tools, yet tapestry weaving can create intricate designs, sometimes using hundreds of different colors to make realistic pictures. Tapestries have proven more durable than paintings, and many have been passed as heirlooms through families, generation after generation. Let the experts at Weaving Today guide you through the joys of this ancient form of weaving with this free eBook full of instructions, free projects, and tips for using a tapestry loom.

I love tapestry weaving for so many reasons. It allows you to paint with yarn, mixing colors as easily as a painter mixes oils on a palette. You can create depth and wonder in a flat surface, or add techniques such as soumak and pile that make your surface not so flat. Tapestry can be almost photo-realistic, or it can be deeply evocative with the simplest shapes. You can weave tapestry on a fancy tapestry loom, on a simple wooden, copper, or PVC frame, or on a piece of cardboard. Tapestry weaving is easily portable, if you're not making an epic piece, and it gives the slow-weaving, fingers-in-the-warp, tactile satisfaction that I love.

DIY tapestry weaving is easier than you think with this free eBook.

Learn How to Make a Hanging Wall Tapestry

Learn how to make a hanging wall tapestry in this free DIY tapestry weaving book.

Geometry Man Tapestry by Karen Donde Karen stumbled upon this design while designing a sample for her Certificate of Excellence. She was arranging random geometric shapes in her design software when "Geometry Man" appeared! Create your own "Geometry Man" or try out other geometric designs. Either way, this is an easy way to jump right onto the woven wall hanging trend. You'll learn to weave straight lines, curves, and diagonals, all with seamless weft joins.

Make a Tapestry Loom Stand from an Art Easel

Learn how to make a tapestry loom stand from an art easel in this free DIY tapestry weaving guide.

Set Your Body (and Your Loom) Free by Karen Piegorsch Frame looms are popular among both tapestry weavers due to their portability, low cost, and ease of warping. Commonly, the frame loom is used in the lap, balanced against the edge of a table, but this isn't very ergonomic. A painter's box easel makes a great portable tapestry stand, because the loom can be clamped to the box for transport. The briefcase-style handle makes carrying the loom easier and helps mitigate the easel's weight. Learn to make a tapestry loom stand in this article!

DIY Cardboard Tapestry Loom

Learn how to make a DIY cardboard loom in this free diy tapestry weaving guide.

Weave a Tapestry Bag on a Box by Sarah Swett Weaving on a box is immensely satisfying. You can take your time and play with blocks of color without tying up a floor loom. Sarah usually recommends a small box for your first bag, but there’s no limit to the fun you can have playing with size, shape, and designs to fit the future life of the bag. Once you've enjoyed the pleasure of upcycling a sturdy loom from the rubbish, you'll never look at the UPS truck in quite the same way.

Tapestry Weaving on an Embroidery Hoop

Learn how to make a tapestry on an embroidery hoop in this free diy tapestry weaving guide.

Wedge Weave in Miniature by Margaret Windeknecht This article is an introduction to a very unique adaptation of this old tapestry weaving technique. Margaret calls the technique drawn-thread tapestry because it is similar to drawn-thread embroidery and can be used with any tapestry technique. It is done with cotton or linen fabric on an embroidery hoop, using cotton, silk, or wool floss wefts threaded in a tapestry needle. These miniature wedge-weave tapestries can be presented as framed artwork, dollhouse-scale handwovens, or small bits of jewelry.

Tapestry Postcard

Make this DIY tapestry postcard in this free guide.

Postcards from the Field by Nancy Taylor If you've ever wondered how to make your own tapestry in the traditional, photo-realistic style, this is the perfect place to start. This woven tapestry project allows you to try your hand at emulating a real-life scene on a small scale. These woven tapestries are each only the size of a postcard! This is a great travel or holiday tapestry project, since it's woven on a portable tapestry loom.

Tapestry weaving is a creative journey. Warping for a tapestry is quick, and the process affords hours of weaving pleasure. Extensive sampling of wefts and shapes can improve your skill for a final piece. It’s easy to experiment: taking out and redoing a section is easy and simply part of the process. Try these free projects and find out why we love making tapestry wall hangings.