Medieval Mash-Up #5: Skinny Leg

When I finish a weaving, there are always aspects of the work that I like, and those that remain annoying. On this one, I’m not so happy about the skinny leg. My husband looked at the tapestry off the loom and said, “Where’s her other leg?” On the other side of the horse!

skinny leg

Although I unwove darn plenty of this billedvev along the way, there was no way I could take out the whole body in order to make a different leg. It stands (or rides).

But really, it is not unlike the skinny legs of the old Norwegian tapestries. Check out these guys. It’s just traditional, after all.



  1. I love your work, and your written descriptions of your thoughts and challenges. I noticed that the images with men did not have the problem of where is the other leg, and I think it is because the asymmetry produced by the visible knee adds a signal that they are facing in a particular direction. I hope I’m making sense. Your rider would probably not show her knee, but one way to add asymmetry to your skirted rider might be to show the skirt longer in the back.

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