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Philly Cars

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Philly Cars
Philly Cars
Philly Cars
Philly Cars
Philly Cars
Philly Cars
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Project Status: 
Finished
Project Date: 
Sun, 02/01/2009 - Sun, 11/15/2009
Yarn
Yarn:
Color:
Type:
Loom
Number of Shafts: 
2
Number of Treadles: 
0
Sett: 
8.00 Ends/cm
Length on Loom: 
33.00 in
Width on Loom: 
28.00 in
Notes: 

I saw this scene when I was walking on the streets of Philadelphia. I liked the perspective of the piece so I snapped a picture.  I decided to do it in grayscale so I could play around with shapes, hues, and shadow.

I am doing this in 8 EPI which gives me enough warp to get some detail without having to work with too fine a weft.  Three strand Paternayan, 4 strands of Shannock Loom's Australian wool, and doubled DMC is working well here.  I am using the DMC for the windows, the Paternayan for the asphalt and walls, and a mixture of Paternayan and the Australian wool for the bodies of the cars. 

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Amazing! Are you working from

Amazing! Are you working from a photo or a sketch? Were you able to find one kind of wool/yarn with all those tones of gray or are you using a variety?

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Simply Amazing!  I have to

Simply Amazing!  I have to ask also, are you working from a photo or a sketch?

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Katherine, Thanks for your

Katherine, Thanks for your comment. I am working from a photo. I cut it up a bit to take out some of the dead space and then sketched in the wall where it was windows. Wish I was better at Photoshop but I am not. I then scanned it into my printer and printed it out in grayscale. Once I had it blown up to size I created my cartoon that I used to ink the warp. Thanks for asking. I am enjoying the process quite a bit. Do you do tapestry? Mary

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Thanks for your kind

Thanks for your kind comments. I started with a photo. and then used a combination of collage and sketching. Once I had the image I scanned it and printed it out in grayscale, blew it up and created my cartoon.

True grays are hard to find so I combined two types of wool. An Australian wool that Shannock Looms offers and three-ply Paternayan. I added DMC to give the windshield a glassy look. I do mix the grays to get the asphalt and the bushes.

Mary

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Joined: 06/08/2009
Mary, It looks TERRIFIC, and

Mary,

It looks TERRIFIC, and so glad you posted!

Tapestry weavers everywhere will appreciate seeing more examples of an under-represented area of weaving! Can't wait to see the next one you are planning and hope you can post progress on your sampler while traveling.

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