Kirsten Glasbrook trained as a weaver in Denmark where she was born. After moving to London in the 1960's she spent time restoring antique tapestries. She taught part time at the Bath Academy of Art for many years, and now lives and works in Devon, running workshops and classes for adults and children. Her commissions have included work for the Forestry Commission and numerous private collectors in the UK and other countries. Using mainly wool, linen and cotton, she designs and weaves tapestries, often with a mythological, mystical or meditative theme. The weaving techniques are simple and traditional and the brilliant colour ranges, and diversity of texture in the different yarns, are a constant challenge and excitement.
When modern crafters think of tapestry weaving, they often think of
the large-scale medieval tapestries that hang in museums or
historical landmarks, but the history of tapestry stretches back
much further, to ancient Egypt and other world cultures. In her
introduction to tapestry weaving, Glasbrook provides an overview of
basic loom setup, weaving techniques, and tapestry design in the
form of a sampler project featuring abstract designs. Unlike other
forms of weaving, tapestry weaving does not require an expensive
loom—one can be made from a simple frame or even stiff cardboard.
Glasbrook covers loom preparation, including winding the warp and
warping the loom, selection of warp and weft yarn, and techniques
for weaving a variety of patterns via a small sampler project. A
gallery of Glasbrook’s work, along with tips and techniques for
weaving similar projects, follows. VERDICT Tapestry isn’t generally
covered in beginner weaving books, and there’s plenty of
information here to get novices started with this fascinating and
*Library Journal USA*
Tapestry Weaving by Kirsten Glasbrook provides a logical and systematic approach to the craft. The book explains the weaving of woolen cloths, linen and cotton on simple rectangular frames with notches, or specially built looms for bigger work. The book explains many techniques, which are accompanied by step by step photographs such as such as deformation of weft lines, vertical appertures, diagonal shapes and curves. The book is suitable for beginners, but will also inspire experienced weavers too.