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Re:Tapestries

Post by jchunick » Thu Jan 09, 2014 5:20 pm

So, here's the first fabric version using pretty much all the material I bought for the finished product. I'm using a canvas material here. I have a thinner linen material, which I seem to have misplaced so I have to find it before making another one. The only parts missing are the 3 other tassels (I just ran out of time last night), but I'll get those added tonight. The one should give you a pretty good idea, though.

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The canvas doesn't bring out the detail very well since the weave is very coarse. It would probably work best as a worn out, old, burnt or ripped tapestry.

This initial test turned out so well that I'm seriously considering making them to sell. I'm working on some mounting brackets and telescopic stands so they can be 'free standing' in a single (not double-decker) wall setting.

You all can let me know how interested you are in purchasing so I can get an idea if this little project is worthwhile... gotta fund my DF addiction somehow!
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Post by dandare » Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:59 pm

I think what you are doing is another great idea! I love all the creativity right here on the DF forums.

A great many ink jet printers have 'Printable Iron on transfer' paper options.
You could then print whatever in whatever 'aged' or 'hessian' style and try to then iron that onto a multitude of fabrics until you have what you are looking for.

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Post by jchunick » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:29 am

I've already fooled around with different textures for the 'Accolade' by Edmund Blair Leighton. The problem with paper is it's kind of fragile and doesn't bend/flex like fabric... and if you use anything to protect it then that just makes it more stiff and breakable.
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Post by jackattack » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:04 am

Some photoshop-type programs feature a fabric-texture filter (alongside sepia-tone and "oil painting") that might give you the right look on standard paper or card stock.
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Post by jchunick » Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:33 pm

It's a good suggestion. I have a colour laser printer so I didn't want to attempt printing onto fabrics on my laser. Pretty much all picture framing places offer printing onto canvas so I thought that was the next best route. However, I just did a search for 'laser printing on fabric' and came up with a link to someone who uses the same technique for laser as is used for inkjet so I think I'm going to be bold and try it. ;-)
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Re:Tapestries

Post by kodiakbear » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:03 pm

I am no expert but wouldn't linen look better than canvas?

Better as in look more like a tapestry.

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Tapestries

Post by jchunick » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:04 pm

I am working on some tapestries. This is my first test to see how it looks:



For my test I printed the picture on paper. For the final product I will be printing it on canvas. As well, I'll be working the images a bit more in Photoshop to make it look more like a tapestry. I will post pics of that next.

The bars will be antique metal (from Michael's) and the finials will hopefully be some repurposed pieces (again, from Michael's). The only thing I haven't done is create some tassels to add to the ends of the bar.

One thing that will change, for sure, is the size of the tapestry. I'm going to make it much larger, but that means it will not fit on the wall unless I add, maybe a vertical bar to the middle of the horizontal one with a base so that the tapestry will stand on it's own but not be seen.
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