Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cave Painting Tapestry -- The Process

Cave Painting -- the finished tapestry

The Process:

drawing the cartoon cartoon -- it sits under the warp threads while I weave

pastel -- a guideline for choosing threads and yarns

beginning the weaving process -- frame is a foam core board with waxed linen wrapped around pins

getting the unicorn right -- there is no set order to free-form needle tapesty

needle-shaping and filling in spots

ends all tucked in -- I prefer to work from the front because this style of tapestry is very textural; the back is smoother and more like conventional tapestry


Luann Udell said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Ellen Shipley said...

High praise coming from you. 8-] Thanx.

Rachel Matteson said...

Brilliant work. You have great talent for making nice things. Kind of hard to do it when you're a beginner like me but I'll learn eventually. :)

Ellen Shipley said...

Thanx Rachel. Just jump in ~ that's what I did! I didn't know what I was doing when I started (heck, who says I do now?). ;-]