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#59889
Tapestries 9 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
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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#59891
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
I am no expert but wouldn't linen look better than canvas?

Better as in look more like a tapestry.
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#59892
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
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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#59893
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
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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#59894
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
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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#59896
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 3 Weeks ago  
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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#60065
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
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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#60084
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
Are you able to try a far finer 'fabric'. You need almost fine single threads and the resolution has to be better.
(Thats the problem with small... Big things in a Small scale should look well detailed.)

There is a company that sells very detailed 'woven' carpet / rugs that many off us buy. Maybe some of those mounted as a tapestry would do the ticket ?
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#60085
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
dandare wrote:
Are you able to try a far finer 'fabric'. You need almost fine single threads and the resolution has to be better.
(Thats the problem with small... Big things in a Small scale should look well detailed.)

There is a company that sells very detailed 'woven' carpet / rugs that many off us buy. Maybe some of those mounted as a tapestry would do the ticket ?
Yes, I have tested a finer fabric. I actually have one that I'm satisfied with... a stretchy material that looks good. Some detail still gets lost since that's the nature of printing on a material with texture... I'm actually fine with some detail being lost. It's small, after all.

Another issue I'm running into is some of the toner goes through the material and ends up on the 'freezer paper' backing which makes it look a bit faded. I'm hoping the solution is to gesso the material first. That should plug up the holes. The model primer I have is rather watery so I'm hoping it won't get too stiff if I keep it thin enough. I think that will resolve the detail issue to a degree, as well. That's a test I'm going to do tomorrow.

If it comes to it I might order some transfer paper for my laser printer. I cannot find any in my town for laser printers as it needs to be specifically for them vs. the very common inkjet transfer paper variety.

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. :-)
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#60091
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I asked about the commission work of the carpet companies...

You have to make a huge order.
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#60094
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
JasonYoung wrote:
I asked about the commission work of the carpet companies...

You have to make a huge order.
Yeah, I knew that would be the case so I didn't ask the first time I found out they'd do commission work. Out of curiosity, what was it that you were inquiring about?

P.S. I will have another few pictures posted later today. I did the gesso and it worked. The tapestry prints are much more detailed and vibrant. I will post side-by-sides for comparison.
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#60100
Re:Tapestries 9 Months, 2 Weeks ago  
I will buy some when you are ready to sell.

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