Are these tapestries, needlepoint or stitching? What is the difference?
My pieces are needlepoint, created by stitching with yarn through a stiff open weave canvas. Tapestry, on the other hand, is a technique that involves weaving yarn on a loom, using two sets of interwoven threads–the vertical fixed warp, interwoven with a horizontal yarn called the weft.
Over time, the terms needlepoint and tapestry have sometimes been used interchangeably within the industry, particularly when referring to needlepoint stitching. For that reason, I also substitute one term for the other. Yet I also respect tapestry artists who may argue that needlepoint should not be referred to as tapestry. I use the term stitching when describing how I apply my yarn to the canvas. This is what differentiates it from tapestry weaving.
How long does it take to make a piece?
Each piece takes many weeks or months to produce. There are thousands of stitches in every tapestry. The time taken depends on the size, the complexity of the design, and the number of colours. Some of my smaller pieces have taken up to four weeks to complete, my larger pieces have taken six or seven months.
How do I take care of the tapestries?
Tapestries are relatively easy to care for, as long as you keep them away from areas of unusually high levels of direct sunlight, dust or moisture. Once they are hanging, you simply need to dust them every so often.
Why would I choose a tapestry over a painting?
Tapestries and other decorative textiles serve a unique purpose. They have been used in a range of spaces to modify thermal conditions and to manage the acoustic treatment of space by dampening noise, particularly in rooms with hard surfaces, or in high traffic areas. Their tactile nature adds a feeling of warmth to a room.
Would I be able to make these myself?
My pieces are one-off, original artworks, created from decades of experience honing advanced stitching techniques and working with design, colour balance and composition. I use a freestyle technique of blending colours within individual stitches and apply wool to the canvas as a painter may apply paint. Because I work in a way that is unique and cannot be prescribed or easily emulated, you would be unable to make one of these yourself. However, should you wish to stitch a tapestry of similar style, you may be interested in my range of pdf patterns available for you to purchase in my Etsy shop, which can be found here.