Do We NEED Perfect Edges in Textiles?

I recently had several of my weavings professionally photographed, including seven weavings in my danskbrogd/X series that will be on display later in November.  It was fun to meet with Peter Lee because he did such a lovely job, yet was so earnest about how he could fix much more in Photoshop.  I sat next to him and answered his various suggestions with. “No, that is fine. No, that is fine. No, it is a textile; that’s fine.” The photos were already many times better than my best attempts.  Look how the pile of the star rya actually looks three-dimensional.

On this one he suggested straightening the top right edge, with the red and black band (by the star on the detail shot below). It’s fine, I assured him. It’s a textile.  It reminded me of looking at an exhibit at the Swedish Institute with Kraig Rasmussen, who hung scores of textile shows at the Textile Center of Minnesota.  “No textile is ever square,” he commented.

On the “No Protection” piece the photographer suggested smoothing out a bump on the bottom portion; you can see it to the immediate right of the star in the detail photo.  Ummm, no; I think I want to leave that amount of imperfection. He had already fixed a similar bump.



  1. I love your posts and your weaving style. The pollinator tapestry is just delightful. I don’t know if I ever commented on how much I love not only your post but the tapestry all about your father (I believe) the potato farmer.

  2. I took classes in Craft Photography at Haywood Community college, Professional Craft / Fiber. The instructor said that if we didn’t feel comfortable taking our own photos try to find a photographer who is experienced with craft photography. I wouldn’t feel comfortable anyone photoshoping my items.