The Process

1. Which 'theme' do we choose?

This is probably the most difficult part of this project and needs a lot of thinking and discussing!


This Planning Sheet may help record your thoughts on the following points:-

  • Which themes really appeal to you? Make a list.
  • Out of this list, which theme do you like the most?.
  • Is the chosen theme going to be suitable to develop into a hanging?

2. Lets get some ideas first...

Here are some Internet Sites which may give you ideas on how to translate your theme.

At the time of writing all Internet links were working, but there are times when they are not. We have included several sites, so that at least some of them will be OK.

Site 1. This is the Metropolitan Museum of Art site and has an excellent activity to start your research and get you thinking. I hope you enjoy the 'Carpet Hunt'.

Site 2. This is the site of the Overlord Embroidery which shows you scenes from the D- Day Invasion of Normandy during the Second World war. The details of how it was made are facinating.

Site 3. This is the Bayeux Tapestry Site. We could not leave this one out!

Site 4. This is the site at Hampton Court Palace, where lots of tapestries are restored. See if you can find one of the different stories that the tapestries are based on.

and here are a few more, just in case!

Site 5. This is the site of Anna Adam, a weaver who translates landscapes into tapestry. Interesting from the point of view of colour.

Site 6. Is a site which has loads of examples of motifs illustrating crewel work and might give you ideas on which technique to use.

Click here for a 'Help Sheet' to get you organized. You might find it useful to sort out who is doing what etc.

The table below has 3 important points to remember and bear in mind when you are making the hanging.

1. The colour you choose for the background is very important. Look at how effective the picture on the left is. It needs to tone in with other colours but also show up the foreground.
2. You might consider just using 3 or 4 colours as in this Egyptian Tomb Painting Hanging. Notice how they have used black and white for contrast and the other two colours to tone with each other.
3. In this example you have another useful tip. You can use a pale background and sponge a toning pattern on it to make it less stark. Notice also how the 'Motifs' have been mounted on black paper or material, to give a thin black outline to the shapes.

3. Lets get on with the making..

Armed with all your research and planning the rest is up to you and your teacher.

One 'Useful Tip' is to place the hanging at the back of the classroom or anywhere in the distance and look at it from time to time from that viewpoint. Things which need adjusting or changing can then be done in good time.