Friday, November 16, 2007

This is not mine!

This beautiful tapestry is by Annalia Ferreri and she won the first prize at an Italian exhibition. This lady lives and works in Rome and I'm proud to say that she is my teacher! I discovered her at a local Adults' University organization and signed up for her tapestry course. She uses a very basic frame as a loom and she simply wraps it up many times to form a warp yarn. She then weaves in and out whatever weft material she fancies by simply using her hands or a mattress needle and voilĂ !
I had two lessons so far (once a week) and I'm enthused. Here is my frame to practice the different stitches, with a detail of sampler. We are told that before Christmas we'll start working on individual projects ... I'm starting to think of ways to integrate weaving into my Distant Stitch course and the other way round.