I went to a tapestry class the other week called “Optical Illusions” tutored by Louise Martin. It was actually quite funny, as everyone there had a different idea of what that was. Louise was beginning to doubt herself on her choice of subject. But as usual it turned out to be very interesting….We thought it would be quite difficult to get the same result when weaving as on the printed picture, but Louise mastered a lot of them by knowing what techniques to try. You can see in the sample photo’s here how well some of them worked out. I was not having a good day as I was really tired and couldn’t quite get in the zone! Some of the ladies did really well though.
I also attended Louise’s “finishing & Mounting” class the following Saturday as I thought that would be really useful. She showed us a few techniques on tidying the back threads of your tapestry and a few ways of working the warp threads after you cut it from the loom.
We also learned how to mount our work on to wood or foam board and gave us some tips on framing as well. It was great fun as we all got to use hammers and staple guns!
Louise does a lot of classes through the year and she changes them regularly. I’ve lost count how many I have attended. She worked for years at Stirling Castle doing the “Unicorn Tapestries” and has exhibited all over the country. You can find Louise here http://www.louisemartintapestry.com/