Tapestry embroidery

No extra ability or experience is required to make a tapestry. You only need to know some basic stitches, have a general idea of starting and ending different sets and supply yourself with some tools and a dose of patience. Nowadays, this technique is used for materializing your own ideas onto a canvas, but in the past it has been widely used for upholstering seats, recliners and smaller couches.

The type of canvas used is dependent on further use of the embroidery. Most of the time, though, the canvas is made from cotton or colored flax. Darker canvases can be used, but only in combination with bright threads (otherwise the dark background would almost certainly ruin the overall impression of the embroidery).

Tapestry yarns have to be very firm to be able to be used with the fabric the embroidery is stitched on. It is, of course, best to use a yarn according to the type of fabric used. It is recommended to stick to using three threads, more rarely two or a single one.

Special needles with a larger eye and a blunt tip have to be used for tapestry embroidering.

Your work can get easier if you place the canvas into a frame since the canvas will not be getting stretched or rippled for the duration of you embroidering on it.

The stitches are the same as usual for the first row of stitches, but since we’re going for the slant stitch, keep going one way – left or right.

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