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Detailed descriptions and pictures which illustrate the process from the yarn to the finished tapestry.
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The Technique


The thread can be used for weft or for warp.

The first one usually does not go through other production processes, because it is directly put into the loom.

The warp thread, instead, before being worked in the loom, goes through different changes with which it is wrapped around a roll called beam that later will be loaded on the loom for the production stage.


Threads that will make the tapestry

Overview of the creel

The warp thread is first of all loaded with strict dispositions on a machine called creel. This is the feeder of a big drum: the warping machine.


The Check yarn is a system that it is used to control the correct unwinding of the thread around the roll.

If a thread breaks down, the check yarn interrupts the work of the creel, to avoid the damage of the quality of the beam.


Detail of the creel

Detail of the thread guide of the creel
Particolari dei cascafili della cantra

Overview of the warper

Creel and warper are the main machines used in the weaving arrangement process, because they make the beam: the semi finished staff that will be loaded on the loom

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