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How to learn to do tapestry

Updated February 21, 2017

Tapestry is the weaving of a pattern or design, usually on a loom. Artists use linen, wool, silk or cotton to make tapestries, which may end up as decoration to hang on a wall, as purses or even clothing. Although it had its beginnings in the 11th century, the art of tapestry is kept alive through groups such as the American Tapestry Alliance and daily newcomers to the hobby, who can learn the art of tapestry through a variety of channels.

Purchase a book on beginning tapestry, such as "Tapestry 101"; look for titles with "beginner," "easy," "new" or "simple" in the title. Besides online or standard bookstores, look for tapestry books at craft shops and speciality tapestry supply retailers.

Sign up for educational seminars for beginners from longtime tapestry masters. The American Tapestry Alliance (ATA), a non-profit group promoting the art of tapestry, offers educational retreats, a "Helping Hands" distance learning course for beginners, and online critique and forum groups.

Ask if your local craft supply shop or chain arts store employs a "materials" expert who can consult with you about the first basic purchases for starting tapestry and may hold drop-in classes where you can come and work on projects.

Search online interest groups to check whether there's a tapestry club in your town. Usually, these sites require you to type your Postcode to check whether anything is within a 30-mile distance of your area.

Attend a tapestry, weaving or hand-arts conference or convention. Held throughout the year and all over the country, leading tapestry professionals host conventions where attendees take classes, shop at tapestry material booths and network. For one attendance fee, you can take courses such as "Felt Tapestry with Bas Relief," "Cavandoli Tapestry Knotting" and "Introduction to Rio Grande Style Weaving."

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Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.