Adventures in Tapestry

Months ago, I got it into my head that I wanted to try out a new craft. Something large scale and more challenging than my usual knitting and crocheting. So, off I skipped to my local library, where I found this here book. Looking through the beautiful patterns, I was decided - tapestry would be my next project!

As it happens, my nana is a bit of a tapestry pro, so once I'd borrowed her tapestry frame I set about sourcing my yarns. Isn't this just a little box of happiness? 

True to my nature, I decided to start with one of the larger, more complex patterns in the book. One of these days I won't bite off more than I can chew when starting a project - but this was not one of those days. I just couldn't resist this lovely acrobat banner. As it happened, tapestry and I got on very well indeed. It's not all that different from cross stitch - the yarn is chunkier, the needles are bigger and you only stitch a diagonal line per square instead of a cross. That's it!

One thing it isn't - however - is quick. Even working on it fairly regularly, this pattern took me months to complete. So, if you're thinking about embarking upon a large tapestry, leave yourself plenty of time!

Here it is, all finished and getting blocked on the ironing board. You really get a sense of scale in this shot!

And here it is, backed, mounted and hung on the wall...

...and it looks just like I hoped it would in Little Man's nursery! So bright and cheerful.

Have you started any new craft projects lately?