The jumble of yarn looks like a random play of colors. But if you look a little closer, and push the yarn butterflies out of the way, you can tell that the color choices are deliberate. You see only a hint of the image, though, until you look through the back end of the monocular, or step up on the step stool to have a look from up above the weaving. That’s when you get an overview of what’s on the loom.
This warp is a study project. I want to test some tapestry techniques to help me develop my style. I made the cartoon by cropping and enlarging a photograph I took years ago. The butterfly had just emerged from its chrysalis! The subject for my study: the butterfly’s intricate wing.
Who designed the butterfly wing? A stained-glass artist may conceive it. A tapestry weaver may copy it. A silk dyer may imagine it. But only our Creator could bring it to life. God makes himself known. Push the obstacles out of the way. Look for design. Gain a higher perspective. With each woven row, the image becomes more and more clear. When the butterfly wing begins to flutter you know you are witnessing something from the mind of God.
May you see what is hidden.
8 thoughts on “Tapestry that Tries to Copy”
It’s going to be beautiful!
Hi Beth, Thanks for your encouragement!
Beautiful color study.
May this project continue being inspired by God.
Hi Nannette, The colors make this an interesting project. Colors in God’s creation always amaze me.
Blessings to you,
Your tapestry and your words are beautiful. Thank you for brightening my day!
Hi Debby, Thank you so much for taking time to leave a kind word. It means so much!
All the best,
This is also a great lesson in the contrast in values. That contrast makes the whole composition very interesting and pleasing, no matter what the subject is. You have accomplished that here in this design. Joanne
Hi Joanne, Your feedback is helpful. I find that I’m paying more attention to contrast in values with every tapestry. I’m sure that has to do with your influence more than anything. Thank you for the compliment.