A tapestry gives you a richly textured departure from the usual wall-hung art, and has the added advantage of muffling "bright" sound in a bare room. All but the lightest of the woven tableaus require careful hanging, to protect the tapestry from damage and ensure it stays securely in place. Choose the most appropriate method for mounting your tapestry based on its size, fragility, weight and the wall.
Rod and Finials
A tapestry with a rod pocket requires a sufficiently strong rod that won't bow under the weight of the cloth, and you'll need a carpenter's level and a stud finder. Determine where the art will hang on the wall, aiming to locate the center of the tapestry at approximate adult eye level. Find the studs in the wall and mark the spots lightly in pencil. Measure to get the bracket placement even; stretch a board between the marks and check it with a carpenter's level to be sure your tapestry will hang straight. After installing the brackets, slip the rod into the tapestry sleeve, and then attach the finials and set the rod in the brackets.
Hook and Loop Tape
Tape and batten hanging is an inexpensive way to mount a tapestry on the wall. A sealed wood batten about 2 inches shorter than the width of the tapestry supports the textile. Non-rusting staples secure the "hook" half of the tape to one flat side of the batten. Hand-stitch the "loop" half of the tape to the tapestry itself, working from the center out and disguising the stitches in the weft of the weave. Screw a couple of eye-hooks into the top of the batten, and align them with nails or hooks in the wall. Smooth the tapestry onto the batten so the tapes lock together. Slip the eye-hooks over the nails or hooks in the wall.
A tapestry with a sleeve or pocket to accommodate a flat board may be hung directly against the wall. Choose a smooth, sanded board about 2 inches shorter than the tapestry. Drill two holes in the board, one at either end. Match the holes in the board to holes and screw anchors in the wall studs at the height you wish to hang the tapestry. Screw the board to the wall at the anchors, smoothing the tapestry over the edges of the board once it's on the wall. This mounting method suspends the tapestry very close to or touching the wall. Tapestries do well when air circulates freely around them and the fibers don't risk abrasion against a hard or rough surface. Only allow a textile to rest against a wall in extremely dry conditions to avoid mildew, or place a linen cloth between the tapestry and the wall.
Clips and Clamps
You can hang a lighter tapestry on the wall without stitching through it or adding a sleeve for a curtain rod. Archival quality compression clips screw to the top border of the cloth and have depressions in the back for hanging on nails hammered into the wall. The trick is to align the nails perfectly and space the clips so there's no sag in the tapestry. Compression clips come in high quality sealed or painted hardwood -- decorative because they remain visible at the top of the tapestry. This trick works with plain metal clips, binder clips or pinch clothespins with a hole drilled into one arm, but only if your tapestry is very light and not very valuable. It's a cheap trick for a dorm room but too casual for an art weaving.
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