So You've Decided to Learn to Weave. Now What?

So you've decided to learn to weave? Now what? There are three main routes to learning to weave. You could take in-person classes, online classes or teach yourself using a variety of resources. In this blog post we will go over these three options to help you decide which path is best for you. 

teaching tapestry

The In-Person Class Route

Taking a class from an experienced teacher is a great way to learn how to weave and develop a strong foundation for future development. Not only do you get hands-on help, but your teacher can help fix bad habits you didn't even know you had or before they start. 

Finding a class that's convenient and affordable with the right teacher can be difficult. We recommend contacting your local weavers' or beaders' guild for direction. There are also great classes held at fiber and bead conferences. 

If you're looking for a tapestry weaving teacher, American Tapestry Alliance has a great list here.

Once you've found some class options, do your research on potential teachers and the specific classes you've found. Do you like the teacher's work? Do others recommend that teacher? Does that teacher teach exactly what you want to learn? Is the class the right level for you? 

The Online Class Route

Over the last few years, online classes have become a popular way to learn to weave. We even made our own Craftsy online course called "Bead & Fiber Cuffs" that goes over weaving different bracelets on a loom out of both fiber and beads. You can sign-up for it here.

If you're looking to seriously learn tapestry, Rebecca Mezoff's online classes are definitely something you should consider. Rebecca keeps adding to her stable of classes so there will certainly be a class or classes suited to your needs. We even have a loom starter package made specifically for her classes. 

There are also many other weft-faced weaving classes our there like those offered by Hello Hydrangea and Maryanne Moodie.

The DIY Route

Books

Just one good book can start you off on the right foot on your weaving journey. For tapestry, in particular, there are many good ones. We recommend Kathe Todd-Hooker's "Tapestry 101", Kirsten Glasbrook's "Tapestry Weaving" and Nancy Harvey's "Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide"

The American Tapestry Alliance has a very comprehensive list of tapestry related books.

Blogs are another great source of tapestry inspiration and guidance and they are exploding. We can't possibly list all the options, but here are a few:

Debbie Herd: http://debbieherd.blogspot.com 

Tommye McClure Scanlin: http://tapestry13.blogspot.com 

Kathy Spoering: http://kspoeringtapestries.blogspot.com 

Jan Austin: http://austintapestry.blogspot.com 

Rebecca Mezoff: http://www.rebeccamezoff.com/blog/  

Kathe Todd-Hooker: http://kathetoddhooker.blogspot.com 

Elizabeth Buckley: https://www.elizabethbuckleytapestryartist.com/blog/ 

Mirrix Looms: https://www.mirrixlooms.com/blogs/mirrix-blog  

There are no tapestry dedicated magazines as far as we know. But tapestry can be found in magazines such as Handwoven and Fiber Art Now. They are also good for inspiration. 

Online

There is a ton of information available online for free. Search YouTube, do a Google search and use resource's like ATA's website to find information to help you get started.

Beadshop.com is a great resource for online beading tutorials. 

Here are some links from the Mirrix Looms website that might be helpful:

For Tapestry

Mirrix's Tapestry Weaving Basics Guide: https://www.mirrixlooms.com/pages/tapestry-weaving-basics     

Tapestry is weaving, but weaving isn’t always tapestry: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/tapestry-is-weaving-but-weaving-isnt-always-tapestry/ 

Why choose a loom with a tensioning device? https://www.mirrixlooms.com/blogs/mirrix-blog/why-choose-a-loom-with-a-tensioning-device  

Floor loom vs. Mirrix: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/which-is-better-for-you/ 

Wood frame or Mirrix: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/choosing-a-tapestry-weaving-loom-wood-frame-or-mirrix/ 

10 reasons tapestry weaving should be your new hobby: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/10-reasons-tapestry-weaving-should-be-your-new-hobby/ 

Heddle troubleshooting for tapestry weaving: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/heddle-troubleshooting-for-tapestry-weaving/ 

Getting even tension when weaving tapestry: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/getting-even-tension-when-weaving-tapestry/ 

Saori-inspired weaving on a Mirrix! http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/saori-inspired-weaving-on-a-mirrix/

Why Tapestry? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgJUgAC5mV8

Textural Tapestry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gr6-czI3Q0 

Talking Tapestry Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_59HfXbpRA 

The Textural Tapestry Wall-Hanging Project: http://info.mirrixlooms.com.pages.services/textural-tapestry-wall-hanging/ 

Tutorial: Weaving for Dramatic Texture: http://info.mirrixlooms.com.pages.services/weaving-for-dramatic-texture 

The Eccentric Wefts Tapestry Eyeglass Case: http://info.mirrixlooms.com.pages.services/free-project-eccentric-wefts-tapestry-eyeglass-case 

Tapestry/Bead Cuff Bracelet: http://info.mirrixlooms.com.pages.services/free-project-tapestry-bead-cuff-bracelet-/   

For Bead Weaving 

Check out our Bead Weaving Basics Guide: https://www.mirrixlooms.com/pages/bead-weaving-basics and a recording of our bead weaving webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPWtzdl3o70 

Learn how to weave beads from a 7-year-old http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/learn-how-to-weave-beads-from-a-7-year-old/

Bead weaving warp coil cheat sheet: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/bead-weaving-warp-coil-cheat-sheet/ 

The Queen Nefertiti Beaded Bracelet: http://info.mirrixlooms.com.pages.services/free-project-queen-nefertiti-bracelet
Split-Loom Beaded Necklace: http://info.mirrixlooms.com.pages.services/split-loom-necklace
 

General Knowlege: 

What’s a warp coil? http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/whats-a-warp-coil/

Why warp spacing matters: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/why-warp-spacing-matters/

What do you need to begin weaving? http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/what-do-you-need-to-begin-weaving/ 

Why weaving a scarf on a Mirrix is like frying an egg in a stock pot: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/weaving-a-scarf-on-a-mirrix-is-like-frying-an-egg-in-a-stock-pot/

Warping is no longer a challenge: http://blog.mirrixlooms.com/warping-is-no-longer-a-challenge/ 

Weaving is Easy Ebook: http://info.mirrixlooms.com.pages.services/weaving-is-easy/ 

Which is Right For You?

Mix and match! You may want to start off on the DIY route and then find a class online or in person when you've really committed to the craft. The good news is, and this wasn't true even 20 years ago, there is tons of information available and much of it is free! Happy weaving! 

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