I started weaving after my mother had passed away and I was never scared of weaving circles... I must admit to being much more flummoxed by weaving straight lines at specific angles than weaving a circle. I figure I am not nervous about circles since I saw so many circles appear on my mother's looms over the years that I knew they were doable. For me it was never a strange shape for a tapestry. Never something to be nervous about.
I found some really old photos of one of my first circles that I wove in tapestry. It was the planet Jupiter and was woven on my counter balance floor loom. This was the same loom that sat in our kitchen when I was a kid. The same loom that my mother used to weave her tapestries until she bought an upright so her back wouldn't hurt so much.
I have heard a few tapestry instructors say one must use a specific formula to make a circle in tapestry. I never found a formula that would work for me. I just use a cartoon. I attached the cartoon under the warp and I weave the shape by turning on the warp end that is closest to the line on the cartoon. If line is half way between two warps, I might use the one closer in and take a slightly wider turn of the weft to create a smoother curve. I avoid pulling on a warp when I turn the weft since I want the warp to remain straight without distortion.
Here is the cartoon I used when I wove my first big circle - the planet Jupiter and a number of progress shots along the way.
|I started with my cartoon which was attached below my warp.|
|Weave the base|
|Weave one side of the base supporting the circle. Follow the lines on the cartoon.|
There is no specific formula since yarns and setts vary.
PS I removed the cartoon for the photos.
|Weave the other side of the base|
|Start to fill in the circle, making sure to pack in the yarn|
as tightly as you packed the base and sides.
Once you finish the bottom half of the circle weave the top half of the circle.
Sorry I have no picture...remember to follow the lines on the cartoon.
Don't let your brain convince you your cartoon is wrong!
|Once the top half of the circle is woven fill in the edges on the right and left sides. |
Then finish the tapestry.