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Embroidering a Small Canvas
By Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen


As I embroider, I think a lot about the surfaces and textures I am producing; I want each stitch to be there for a reason.  In restricting my work to a small format, I try to get the viewer to look at my work from up close, the way I do.…

The ideal miniature textile should … be determined by the proportion between its design components and its fiber components, or by external references to objects whose scale is familiar. … I do not weave much tapestry, but of all other crafts, I feel that the aesthetic of tapestry weaving is closest to that of canvas embroidery.  Which is why I am a member of the ATA!



below: Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Maxwell’s Demon, 5.5" x 4.5" 2002 felted wool and alpaca, cotton thread on silk gauze, pyrite beads




below: Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Love Across the Atlantic, 4.5" x 6.5" 2002 cotton, silk, and found doily on silk organza and cotton canvas




below: Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Workman’s Lunch and Tea, 5" x 7.5" x 4" 2006 cotton and wool on linen, applied wool tape, wooden beads, acid-free board and copper wire supports. Collection of Gloria and Sonny Kamm




Saving Memories
By Marjolyn Van der Wel


While still living in The Netherlands, I found four green, square wooden frames and decided to weave a small tapestry for an exhibition that was part of Convergence, Cincinnati … the first in a set of 4 poppy tapestries.…

That experience set me on a path of weaving memories. … Working small is addictive; I am always searching for the next design.  My hope is to inspire other weavers.  After you find a good design, it does not take that long to complete a tapestry.



below: Marjolyn Van der Wel, My Crossroads, 2003  cotton, hand dyed wool and silk




below: Marjolyn Van der Wel, First Small Tapestry, 9.5" x 6" 1983 cotton, hand dyed wool and silk




below: Marjolyn Van der Wel, Lina’s Orchid, 10" x 7"  2005  cotton, hand dyed wool and silk




below: Marjolyn Van der Wel, Sunset on the Beach, 17.5" x 11" 1999 cotton, hand dyed wool and silk




below: Marjolyn Van der Wel, Togetherness, 9" x 8" 2006 cotton, hand dyed wool and silk




Doors, Gates and Windows
By Mary Colton


… “Doors, Gates and Windows” (DGW) began with a simple question: what project would challenge everyone in our [tapestry study group of the Las Arañas Guild] to weave a tapestry? … The plan was for each of us to weave a [9" x 10" tapestry of a] door, gate or window we found in New Mexico.…

While these tapestries were still being designed, several of us went to Santa Fe for a workshop that also attracted three weavers from Vancouver Island [TAPIS] … [who] asked if they could join our project. … The TAPIS weavers would each weave a door, gate or window from Vancouver Island.  Then we would pick partners … exchange photos, and all weave responses.…



below: Ann Blankenship, Portal To One’s Passion, 9" x 8" (original: Albuquerque NM)




below: Elaine Duncan, Song of the Loom, 10" x 8 3/4" (response to Ann’s: Errington, B.C)




below: Karen Leitch, Kimono Door, 9 1/4" x 8 1/2" (original: Victoria, B.C.)




below: Jaye Whorton, Red Silk, 9 1/2" x 8 1/2" (response to Karen's: Los Lunas, NM)




below: Sharon Cameron, Windows to Memories, 7 1/4" x 10" (original: Nanaimo, B.C.)




below: Katherine Perkins, Tricksters at Play, 9 1/2" x 9 1/2"  (response to Sharon’s: Santa Fe, NM)




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