Article: The Care of Personal Tapestries and Textile Works
Tapestry stitched to mountboard - Caroline Booth
The creation of a personal tapestry takes considerable time: from the initial ideas, sketches, sampling and decisions made on the combination and range of yarns for the weft, to the warping up of the loom or frame. Many hours, weeks or months can be consumed by the weaving of the piece, so it is only right that the finished tapestry should be given attention in mounting and display, followed by good aftercare.
Having spent the past four decades as a freelance Textile Conservator, I have been asked to contribute a short piece on this topic based on my years of experience within the museums and galleries sector, as well as working with private collectors of textiles. I am aware that this subject has been previously addressed by Joanne Soroka and Kirsten Glasbrook in their excellent books on tapestry weaving, but I hope that I have something to add.
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