01 September 2010

The Shores of Faery are still faraway...

... But at last I've started weaving at this tapestry again! I don't even know how many months I've left it aside, working at other things, feeling a bit guilty each time I saw it on the loom...
But a couple of das ago at last I decided I want to finish it...If only to take it off the loom and start a new work!  I have ideas for new tapestries, but I must keept them in  wait until this one is finished.
It is a slow work, but even few minutes a day are better than nothing! And two days of work showed  some progress! I reached the foam of the "green sea" , and soon the sky will become lighter as I approach the Moon...
31 August 2010
Will the sea be the right hue of green? I don't know... I can't judge it yet, and when it will become clear, it will be too late to change it...
Tapestry weaving is very different from painting. You can't correct a colour you've woven a few centimeters away: the only way would be  to undo completely everything and start again. If you don't,. your mistakes will remain and become part of the tapestry. But maybe this is the way should be. I'll finish weaving and decide that no, the green should have been a tone lighter...That's too late, ther's no "undoing" like in embroidery, where one can selectively undo a part and re-stitch it in a different colour.
Things change. If I started this tapestry today I wouldn't do it this way anymore (which is probably why I left it aside so long). I would use bolder contrasts, brighter colours... Maybe one day I'll remake it and weave a "The Shores of Faery II" that will have little in common with Tolkien's watercolour.

2 comments:

Silvia said...

A me sembra sempre magico vedere come si possano ottenere questi magnifici arazzi intrecciando semplicemente dei fili, e soprattutto come tu riesca a seguire con precisione il disegno! Mistero!

Elena said...

Grazie Silvia! Il realta' la precisione non e'proprio perfetta... Ma alla fine "tutto torna", per una qualche ragione. e le imperfezioni spariscono nell'immagine generale...