How to Make a Finished Weaving Shorter

The more you learn how to fix your weaving mistakes, the more freedom you have to try new things.

No, Jackson Pollock couldn't remove the paint splotches, but you can change things in your weaving if you want.

When I wove this, I liked the way I used two colors for the sky. But after I finished it, hung it up, and lived with it for a few days I didn't like the way the two shades of blue worked together.

And I wanted it shorter.

So I decided to remove the darker blue on the top.

 weaving tapestry - ocean scene


Does that sound scary? 

Well, it kinda is, but I didn't want to hang up something I didn't like, either.

So I cut the knots on the top of the warp threads and unraveled most of the darker blue.

tapestry weaving with unraveled yarn 

I sewed the trailing blue yarn into the back of the piece, then I trimmed off the extra sewn-in weft yarn that had been revealed from the unraveling.

tapestry weaving back side


I tied the warp threads and put a dab of glue on each knot.

warp knots tied on top of weaving


After the glue dried, I trimmed the warp threads and sewed the weaving to the back side of the hanger.

 When you sew a piece to a hanging bar, be sure to pass the needle through the tied warp ends. That way, it will be secured by the warp threads, not the weft yarn. 

 back side of weaving sewn to hanger


Maybe I'll change my mind again, and decide that a longer weaving would look best.

Then I'll just weave a new one.

That's what I love about small weaving, each piece isn't a big investment of time, so you can easily move on to your next idea.