Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The holly and the ivy....


Lest you think I am a total Scrooge, I am posting part of the Winter Seasons tapestry today. It is a bit from the lower border, which I've also put in the banner above. You can click on this detail to see the weaving better, if you like. One of the things I do when weaving a 'background' area is to choose slightly different yarn blends each time I have to add a new butterfly. It's not a big thing, but adds interest to the process for me, and I think it adds a bit of interest to the background, too. You can see the slight variation in this detail.

The song, "The Holly and the Ivy" sung by the Mediaeval Baebes is one of my favorite holiday songs. I got my monthly email update from The Metropolitan Museum today, making me want to go to the Cloisters to see their holiday decor, and to revisit the Unicorn tapestries there, which includes this one with the holly in the upper branches.



I'm probably silly to post my work with such an amazing piece, but I think it is a wonder that I am inspired by some of the things that inspired the designers and weavers of such work. Though I have yet to weave a unicorn.

6 comments:

Theresa said...

What a magical piece. I love winter scenes in any medium and your tapestry is inspiring!
Beautiful Steller's Jay and Western Scrub Jay.
I'm sure you would do a Unicorn justice if you did decide to do one.

laurenfinley said...

Wow, this is sooooo beautiful. I love "The Holly and the Ivy" too.

Mary said...

I have just found your blog, very interesting! I am learning tapestry in Melbourne, Australia and find your tips useful. Thanks.
I am going to visit New York over Christmas and have realised that I should go to the Cloisters to view the tapestries.
Do you have any suggestions for other places I should visit, especially with tapestry in mind? I am only going to visit New York, from just before Christmas till about January 15th.

K Spoering said...

Mary, go to the Metropolitan Museum, as well. They have some beautiful tapestries - beautifully displayed. In fact, their collection is larger than the Cloisters (which is a part of the Met), but the Cloisters is known for having the Unicorn and Hunt tapestries. Have a lovely visit. Dress warmly!

Mary said...

Thanks, I am looking forward to the visit. I am NOT looking forward to the cold weather, or the early darkness. Thank goodness New York does not get as cold as your neck of the woods (I hope!). Your pictures of the snow are wonderful to look at. I wonder how you get enough exercise for Booker.

K Spoering said...

Sorry to tell you, Mary, but New York is generally colder than we are, as they are further North. We aren't generally as cold as we were last week, though.
To exercise Booker, we just put on boots, mittens, caps, and coats and slush through the snow with him! He loves it, and it does us good. too.