Monday, May 19, 2008

Finished Tapestry

And this is my finished tapestry, ready for hanging. (I posted about its beginnings on Jan 25). I mounted it on a gallery canvas painted in acrylics for the Tapestry course exhibition of end of year, but I'm thinking of making a plexiglass case later and have it somewhat suspended inside. Will think about it. Front view Side view
It was fun to make but I will think twice before embarking on a new weaving enterprise at least for the time being! It DOES take an awful lot of time ...

Buttons - Part Two (Toggles)

Before tackling fibers I tried out basic toggle shapes in strips of my coloured papers. After these first attemps I gave it a try in fabric and produced some samples. Sample 1 - Felt toggle (11 cm) Self-dyed boiled felt, edged with irregular stitches and beading and one big acrylic drop hanging from the middle.
Samples 2 and 3 - Tower toggles (both 8 cm)
For the sample on the left I used strips of different dyed fabrics and a crown of bugle beads,
while the second one was edged with free scalloping stitches and has a head made by a bought Chinese knot.
Sample 4 - The wiry one (14 cm)
For this sample I wrapped some dyed paper silk I still had from Summer School in 2006 (remember?) around some spiky fibers I found in a mattress shop, which I dabbed in golden acrylic at the ends to make a sort of "beading". The copper wire has two different thicknesses and I obtained the spiralling by means of a gizmo device.
Sample 5 - The jolly sample (21 cm)
This was made for fun by wrapping and trapping fabric strips, felt, yarns and other small bits around a painted wooden skewer which I left as a core.