How to Do Tapestry

The word tapestry evokes pictures from elementary school books of the Bayeux tapestry or possibly the Unicorn Tapestries from the Cloister's museum.
Neelepoint can be used to create tapestry.Neelepoint can be used to create tapestry.
Based on the Medieval examples given, it would almost seem that tapestry making has almost died out. However, the practice of tapestry is alive and well today. Tapestry in the modern era is almost any type of needlework that can be used to decorate a home. Cross stitch, embroidery and other forms of needlework are examples of tapestry.

Step 1

Place graph paper into a printer. Print a design from your computer to the printer. The graph paper is similar to needlepoint canvas. By using the graph paper as a chart, you can use the grid pattern of the canvas to stitch your tapestry design.

Step 2

Insert a piece of needlepoint canvas into a needlepoint hoop. The hoop helps to keep the tapestry fabric taut as you work.

Step 3

Thread needlepoint floss into a needlepoint needle. Match the color of the floss to the squares of color on the chart.

Step 4

Push the needle through the canvas from the underside of the canvas to the face side at the left lower corner of a canvas square. Pull the needle through to bring the floss through the canvas. Hold the trailing end of the thread on the underside of the canvas to keep it from passing all the way through.

Step 5

Insert the needle into the upper right corner of the canvas on the canvas's face side. This will leave a lenght of floss that crosses the square of canvas. Pull the floss taught, but do not allow the trailing end of the floss to push through.

Step 6

On the underside of the canvas, bring the needle down to second square's lower left side. Push the needle through and pull the floss taut. Tuck the trailing end of the floss under the taut floss to hold it in place. Push the needle through the upper right corner of the second square. Continue to stitch in this way until all of the blocks in this color in a row are covered with floss from their lower left corners to their upper right corners.

Step 7

Bring the needle down to the lower right corner of the underside of the final square. Push the needle through and bring it up to the upper left side. Push the needle through again. The final square will appear to have been crossed by the floss. Repeat this process for each square until the entire row is crossed. Run the needle and floss through the taut floss behind the canvas to secure it. Clip any trialing floss threads.

Step 8

Cross stitch the entire tapestry pattern using the appropriate colors to fill in the appropriate boxes. The canvas may be stretched and framed when you have finished.

Things You Will Need

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Graph paper
  • Canvas
  • Tapestry hoop
  • Tapestry needle
  • Colored floss
  • Scissors

About the Author

Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.