The hardest part so far in the tapestry of the skiing pastor has been weaving the angles of the skis and ski poles evenly and smoothly. Jagged just wouldn’t do, as opposed to his knee, for example. I looked at the bent knee recently and thought, “Too pointy!” But my second thought was, “This is supposed to be abstract, not realistic.” Still, I’m happy the skis are not irregular.
When I began the tapestry, I planned to weave a pattern-filled background of diamonds, similar to this historical tapestry.
But when I began to weave the background, I hated the color I chose for the diamonds. I switched to using a cluster of dots pattern, as I’ve seen on other historical billedvev.
Soon I’ll add stars in the sky, like the ones in this tapestry.
In reality, if the abstracted snow was falling, you would not see the stars–but again, it’s not realistic!