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Re: Tapestries

Post by jackattack » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:07 am

A related find...
https://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/6316 ... animotaxis

You can find something similar in gift wrapping paper at Zazzle.
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Re: Tapestries

Post by GODofwar » Sun Jul 09, 2017 12:35 am

astolat wrote:
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:13 pm
I have found another solution for tapestries: spoonflower!

I put together an 8"x8" image in photoshop and pasted in pictures of a whole bunch of public-domain tapestries and shrank them down to roughly 1" height. I uploaded it to spoonflower and ordered an 8"x8" test swatch of it in the linen-cotton canvas ultra fabric, for a grand total of $6 including shipping.

Here's what it looks like on spoonflower:
https://www.spoonflower.com/designs/654 ... by-astolat

And voila, many tiny tapestries:

2017-07-06 20.00.49.jpg

2017-07-06 18.38.19.jpg

The experimental curtain rod is just a nail with two blobs of apoxie sculpt on the ends, and I attached the tapestry by leaving a small strip of border at the top and sewing it on with gold thread. I also used fabric glue to seal the edges, although the fabric really didn't fray nearly as badly as I expected. I also used fabric glue to glue on a very thin neodymium magnet (1/32") with an extra strip of border to hold it, right near the back of the tapestry, and it holds it securely even with the weight of the "curtain rod". I don't have big castle walls but it hangs nicely on CBS walls and also on the joints between tower walls where the magnet is holding the walls together.

2017-07-06 19.55.54.jpg

2017-07-06 19.57.01.jpg

Astolat, I saved this...thank you very much

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Re: Tapestries

Post by jackattack » Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:47 am

There is a page on the site that lists the fabrics available, and includes photos and actual thread counts.

Should be fairly easy, between those and astolat's pix, for everybody to find their own personal preferences.

Great use of a great find, astolat. Thanks.
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Re: Tapestries

Post by Blue Prophet » Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:29 am

That is very cool, and affordable.

I think I'd prefer a tighter weave, as from a distance you don't see the weave on a real tapestry. So at this scale you wouldn't see it either. Maybe not their tightest weave though so that there is a suggestion of something rough, not smooth like paper.

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Re: Tapestries

Post by jackattack » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:58 pm

"Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra" is one of their tightest weaves (useful for clothing and pillowcases) but it might be so fine that the texture is no longer visible.
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Re: Tapestries

Post by astolat » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:49 pm

William, they have loads of different fabrics, I would imagine the linen-cotton one actually is much less fine than most, it's the stuff that gets used for couch cushions/upholstery. I deliberately wanted the coarser/heavier fabric. (Also nice that it doesn't fray easily at all.) Their "Basic Cotton Ultra" is a thin lightweight cotton with a much finer weave.

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Re: Tapestries

Post by William » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:24 pm

That is very cool.
I know the scale is pretty small, but is that the tightest weave they have?
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Re: Tapestries

Post by astolat » Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:13 pm

I have found another solution for tapestries: spoonflower!

I put together an 8"x8" image in photoshop and pasted in pictures of a whole bunch of public-domain tapestries and shrank them down to roughly 1" height. I uploaded it to spoonflower and ordered an 8"x8" test swatch of it in the linen-cotton canvas ultra fabric, for a grand total of $6 including shipping.

Here's what it looks like on spoonflower:
https://www.spoonflower.com/designs/654 ... by-astolat

And voila, many tiny tapestries:
2017-07-06 20.00.49.jpg
2017-07-06 20.00.49.jpg (103.12 KiB) Viewed 2461 times
2017-07-06 18.38.19.jpg
2017-07-06 18.38.19.jpg (91.84 KiB) Viewed 2461 times
The experimental curtain rod is just a nail with two blobs of apoxie sculpt on the ends, and I attached the tapestry by leaving a small strip of border at the top and sewing it on with gold thread. I also used fabric glue to seal the edges, although the fabric really didn't fray nearly as badly as I expected. I also used fabric glue to glue on a very thin neodymium magnet (1/32") with an extra strip of border to hold it, right near the back of the tapestry, and it holds it securely even with the weight of the "curtain rod". I don't have big castle walls but it hangs nicely on CBS walls and also on the joints between tower walls where the magnet is holding the walls together.
2017-07-06 19.55.54.jpg
2017-07-06 19.55.54.jpg (76.49 KiB) Viewed 2461 times
2017-07-06 19.57.01.jpg
2017-07-06 19.57.01.jpg (66.78 KiB) Viewed 2461 times

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Re: Re:Tapestries

Post by GODofwar » Mon May 15, 2017 6:42 pm

jchunick wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:00 pm
dandare wrote:

I actually know about the carpets. The company that makes them will do commission work, so maybe I could commission them to recreate famous medieval tapestries for me ;-) The whole point of this project, though, is not to have a rug hanging from the wall - rugs are not tapestries, after all. Besides, having medieval works printed and hanging on the walls is waaaay cooler. :-)
Oh lord, I'd buy the Bayeux Tapestry, aargh...

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Re: Tapestries

Post by jchunick » Mon May 15, 2017 5:55 pm

Archimagus wrote:
Mon May 15, 2017 3:55 pm
BTW where did you find the miniature picture frames? I have not been able to find them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
I did see them at my local Michaels, in the miniature furniture section (I guess, for doll houses). But, if you don't have any at your store, then ebay. That's where I got mine.

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