Four Selvedge Warping with Sarah C. Swett
Produced by Rebecca Mezoff Tapestry Studio, LLC

This online class will teach you how to warp a loom and weave a piece so that when you are finished weaving, there is no fringe and no hem. This warping method is often called four selvedge warping.

Taught by master tapestry artist, Sarah C. Swett, it is a unique opportunity to learn how to warp and weave tapestry in this fun way while getting all of Sarah's inside weaving tips. You'll see Rebecca in this course also asking questions, giving her two cents about tapestry weaving, and generally keeping the camera rolling.

2.5 inch square four selvedge tapestry weavings by Sarah Swett

Course outline

  • Introduction to four selvedge warping and weaving
  • Materials you'll need
  • Looms
  • Warping process
  • Weaving on a four selvedge warp as well as some exceptional tapestry weaving tips from Sarah
  • Removing your piece from the loom and finishing
  • Suggested projects and resources
  • Bonus videos!

Registration information

Full information about registration is coming soon. Expect registration to open sometime in June with the course starting about a month later. Watch this page for updates and sign up for Rebecca's newsletter below for her Thursday Tapestry Picks updates. 

You can find Sarah's blog and sign up for her newsletter HERE.


Why would I want to use this warping technique?

Four selvedge warping is a rather magical way of setting up a tapestry warp. When you're done with the piece, you'll remove the two supplemental warps and your piece will be finished. No hems, no fringe. This particular technique is different from the way the Navajo weavers work in that you get a working shed for the entire time you are weaving. There is no painstaking weaving with a needle to finish up the work.

What is this thing about a jig? I am not a woodworker and I'm not sure I can make that.

In the course we present three different ways to make a jig and you might come up with your own modification. If you have woodworking skills or a friend who does, certainly you could make a simple wooden jig. But Rebecca and Sarah both make sturdy jigs out of PVC pipe. Cutting PVC is simple with a rotary "cutter" (a simple, inexpensive, pressure-applying rotating tool available at any hardware store) or PVC snip. You could probably even use a hacksaw (a tiny little hand saw with a strong blade). Alternatively you can make a jig out of straps or twine and plain old sticks. It does not have to be complicated!

What is a jig anyway?

The four selvedge warping technique involves using a sort of scaffold to hold the warp you will weave on while attaching a supplemental warp. The jig can be very simple and we'll show you how to make one one in the course.

A jig is also a lively folk dance and you'll hear some of this music in the course played by Sarah herself.

When will the course be ready?

Editing video takes awhile! The content has been shot and Rebecca is working hard on editing the video. She and Sarah are putting together handouts that include some outstanding drawings by Sarah. Plan on the content being ready in July of 2018. Watch Rebecca and Sarah's blogs and newsletters for further announcements.


Four selvedge tapestries by Sarah Swett