Friday, February 13, 2015

New Life to Old Tapestry

                                                                                                                                                I love being called to do custom work for folks. I usually involves finding someway to utilize some old family heirloom that may be worse for the wear, or some needlework project that was never quite finished.

In this case, I was asked if I could make three unfinished pieces of needlepoint tapestry that started to eventually made into decorative pillows.

The background color was a beautiful burgundy, with bouquets of flowers in the center. the customer wasn't quite sure what she wanted to compliment the pieces to finish them, but as they were going to be used in a formal parlor area it was decided to use a matching burgundy velvet for the back, with heavy roped piping for the edges.

The hardest part of the project for me was that the pieces had never been blocked when they were set aside, so I had to go through a bit of steaming and re-sizing to make them square enough to work with.

I actually went quite a lot smoother that I thought it would, and the end result was quite stunning.

Though the picture doesn't quite do it justice, the customer was very happy with the results. They now sit in her lovely formal living room at their summer house.

Old things made new!

Thanks for stopping by,


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