I have three projects planned, and only one of three looms warped. The first is on my Hagen tapestry loom, finally warped for a long-planned updated medieval design, based on symbols and images in a few historical Norwegian billedvev pieces.
The blue horse and rider in this piece, dating somewhere from 1600-1750, from the collection of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, were my jumping-off point.
The figure on my horse will be my daughter. Riders of medieval horses in the old tapestries often had an upturned arm; Margaret’s will hold a cell phone. I did a bit of sampling a while back, and it’s a good thing–while I liked the scarf around her neck, my first attempt at medieval-style curly hair turned out more like horns.
It will be quite a while before you see my modern medieval piece complete…