Monday, September 17, 2007


I had a productive morning, finishing the warping of my table loom as well as sewing on the backing for my latest tapestry. The tapestry is done, off the loom, rested for a week and is now being blocked in the backyard. A picture of the finished work should be up at the end of the week.

It's an odd piece to block since there are lots of ends around the maze but not much in the center where the portrait is. The photo shows how I ended up applying the pressure. I am hoping I can flatten the ends on the back so it will fit within the half inch rabbet of the frame. Then it should hang OK on the wall.

I had originally thought an antique gold frame would be best. Most Van Goghs I have seen in museums are in gold frames. Blick was having a great sale on frames so I bought one. In the end, the gold didn't look right with the tapestry so I have painted the frame a reddish brown. It blends nicely with the maze around the portrait on the tapestry and increases the size of the piece. I also have some acrylic paint in two colors similar to the browns in the maze. I may paint the frame to give it a bit more depth and texture.

Hopefully, by Wednesday I will be able to put it all together and see how it looks framed and on the wall. I do like the is worth the wait.