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DIY, How to Weave Beautiful Tapestries On Rings - Putting A Radial Warp On A Ring and Weaving A Tapestry

Updated on February 28, 2016

Weaving On Rings Is Fun and Versatile

One of My Southwest Inspired Tapestries
One of My Southwest Inspired Tapestries | Source

A Ring Is The Easiest Loom You Can Use

I learned to weave in Sweden, and I was so hooked. I bought a 60" wide floor loom before we left Sweden and had it shipped back home. Now this behemoth loom is wonderful, and I wove a lot of really great pieces on it including a 10 feet long tapestry which is a World Map. (It has pride of place in my art studio now).

The problem is that you can only weave one thing at a time on a floor loom. (the world map was on my big loom for 2 years). So when I had other ideas, I found out I could weave on other supports, and I love rings the most as an alternative to a traditional loom. Rings are affordable, portable and convenient.

So Let's Get Started

Package twine or string is good for your warp. You want it to be strong, and in tapestry the warp should be covered, so as long as it coordinated with the colors of your design it can be any type of string.

Radial Warping Diagram

Radial Warping Instructions

Always, always have an uneven number of warp strings or you won't be able to turn and go back and have the under-over threads alternately placed.
Always, always have an uneven number of warp strings or you won't be able to turn and go back and have the under-over threads alternately placed.

Simple Techniques

I used tabby weaving (under, over, under, over across) and soumak for this piece.See diagrams.

Your mission while you are warping your ring is to always have an uneven number of warp strings.

Closeup

This weaving uses regular tabby weaving and soumak.
This weaving uses regular tabby weaving and soumak. | Source

Once you have your warp on the ring, begin weaving with yarn threaded through a large eyed tapestry needles. I usually start my piece on the outside edge with a few rows of waxed linen so that it sticks together. You can find waxed linen on-line if your local craft store doesn't carry it. I use a table fork or an Afro pick to tamp down the weaving.

I sew the beads on after the weaving is done.


Tabby Weaving Technique

Let's Look At Some Definitions

BEATER – a device used to beat the weft into place, we will be using table forks. In traditional looms the beater is usually built into the loom.

LOOM - a device used to weave cloth. The basic purpose of any loom is to hold the warp threads under tension to facilitate the interweaving of the weft threads. The shape of the loom and its mechanics may vary, but the basic function is the same.

OFF LOOM – Many devices can be used to stretch the warp including large metal

rings, tree branches, picture frames, the list is only limited by your imagination. The weaving which is the end result stays on the support, and the support is part of the design.

RYA - A rya is a traditional Scandinavian wool rug with a long pile of about 1 to 3 inches. They were made using a form of the Ghiordes knot to make the double-sided pile fabric. Rya makes a very decorative method for adding texture to a tapestry. Usually it is followed by several rows of Tabby weaving to hold it in place.

SHUTTLE – a device used to wrap a quantity of weft yarn around to carry the weft yarn across through the warp cords. We will be using yarn needles instead.

SOUMAK – a weaving technique that adds texture to a weaving. It is a method that skips one or several warp strands as it crosses the warp – see diagram for instructions.

Usually it is followed by several rows of Tabby weaving to hold it in place.

TABBY WEAVE – also called Plain weave is the most basic type of weaving. It is strong and hard-wearing, used for fashion and furnishing fabrics.

WARP—The strings or cords which are stretched across a support. Warp forms the inside structure of the weaving. It needs to be strong, and it is usually thinner than the weft. In order to weave over the warp, there needs to be an uneven number of strands in the warp. The warp can be left hanging free below the weaving as a fringe.

WEFT— The yarn or fibers that are woven across the warp. In our project, we will be using yarn needles to carry the weft yarn across the warp in an over, under, over, under pattern called Tabby.

WEFT-FACE- In wall hangings, the weft usually covers up the warp and the weft should be larger in thickness than the warp.

WARP-FACE—a type of weaving used for belts or guitar straps—the warp is what is showing in the finished weaving, while the weft is inside. Possible techniques for this may be card weaving or inkle weaving.


So That Should Get You Started On A New Addiction

I hope you love it too. Be patient with the process and yourself. Please share your results with us on Hubpages.


Enjoy!!!

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      Anne Crary Jantz 10 months ago from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, U.S.A.

      Thanks for your comment. Let me know what you weave.

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      Cool Tapestries 14 months ago

      Great write up, thanks for sharing!

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      Donna Herron 19 months ago from USA

      Good to know. I like that idea!

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      Anne Crary Jantz 19 months ago from Dearborn Heights, Michigan, U.S.A.

      You are so welcome. It is a lot of fun for sure. You can also wrap the ring with fiber if you don't want the metal to show.

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      Donna Herron 19 months ago from USA

      This is such an interesting technique! I love the mix of beads with yarn. Pinned to study and try in the future! Thanks for posting and sharing!