Tapestry weaving is a combination of design, materials, and patience. The cloth is built up on a loom, by hand, starting at the bottom, adding new threads (the weft) with every color change.
Ruth Schachter: Tapestry Weaver
I have been involved in the craft/art world for much of my life. When I moved to Florida from Philadelphia several years ago, I moved down here with an unused tapestry loom that I picked up at an auction for $1. I found a terrific online teacher and started my tapestry journey. When the world unexpectedly shut down soon after, I started weaving all the time and have kept weaving. Thanks to the internet, I’ve found an international community of wonderful weavers and generous teachers. Thanks to the Broward Art Guild and Art Around Town, I have this opportunity to exhibit my work.
Tapestry weaving is a combination of design, materials, and patience. The cloth is built up on a loom, by hand, starting at the bottom, adding new threads (the weft) with every color change. Within the framework of warp and weft which create a simple grid, the possibilities in design are endless. There are always new techniques and fibers to try. I’ve recently begun to experiment with botanical dyes, using plants from my own garden to dye wool yarn. I get much of my visual inspiration from Florida’s flora and fauna, which are still relatively new to me.
Contemporary tapestry weaving is fascinating, and every artist approaches it in a different way. Unlike historical tapestries which were woven on a very large scale, for massive spaces, like in your local castle, most contemporary weaving is not, which is perfect for today’s homes. Thank you for checking out my tapestry work and for supporting local artists.