Part of the Lecture Pass
- Thursday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
- Saturday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Max: 30 students
Traditionally, Tapestry is a form of textile art, woven by hand on a loom. Tapestry is weft-faced weaving, in which all the warp threads are hidden in the completed work. In tapestry weaving, weft yarns are typically discontinuous; the artisan interlaces each colored weft back and forth in its own small pattern area. It is a plain weft-faced weave having weft threads of different colors worked over portions of the warp to form the design. More recently the definition of Tapestry has been expanded to include a piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving colored weft threads OR by embroidering on canvas, used as a wall hanging or furniture covering.
This latter definition is what defines many embroidered tapestries such as the famous Bayeau Tapestry and more modern tapestries such as the Overlord Tapestry and the Plymouth Tapestry which is a participatory multi-year arts project to commemorate Plymouth’s 400th anniversary in 2020. Sponsored by Pilgrim Hall Museum, the Tapestry will illustrate the experiences of the Wampanoag people who inhabited the region for thousands of years, and the Pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. Through imagery and text, each panel reveals contexts and events that shaped the founding of Plymouth Colony.
Denise is also the project originator and major sponsor that initiated this historical embroidery as an impactful way to create a community effort in celebrating Plymouth’s 400th anniversary. She will discuss her original ideas, the origins of the Tapestry, and the plans and progress as the project goes forward, including a guidebook of stitches being used, a sample of the linen and threads, and a doodle cloth so we can try the stitches being used.
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