I will be going over different weaving tools in a few posts describing what they are and how to use them. Some tools may not be completely necessary, however they do make weaving easier and quicker. I’ve also found that one weaver might rely heavily on a certain weaving tool that another weaver never uses, so these tools also are dependent on your style and what makes you most comfortable. Today I’m talking about the tapestry beater.
A tapestry beater is a tool that has teeth designed to go around the warp threads and push down your weft threads. As you weave you will want to pull your weft threads loosely through your warp threads, then use the tapestry beater to push the weft threads down. The tapestry beater will help keep your weave consistent and tight.
An alternative to the tapestry beater is a household fork. When I first started weaving I used a large metal serving fork and it worked great. Another option is to use your fingers to push the weft threads down the warp, I usually do this if I’m working in a small area of my weave. For example if I am creating a shape, I will usually use my fingers to push the weft threads down the warp. Tapestry beaters can be very beautiful but also can be on the pricier side so if you are just starting out, try using a fork for a little. You can always get a tapestry beater at a later time.
Do you use a tapestry beater when you weave? Is there a weaving tool that you can’t live without?
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