Textile art

I’ve ventured into textile art! Necessity is the mother of invention and as usual, this is what happened when I was looking for artwork for a client. The request was for a large painting for the dining room and possibly a smaller art piece (or pieces) for another wall in the same dining room.

I did not want to add a small painting and detract from the major work so I was in search of artwork that was outside of your typical painting that would also add some texture to the room since it did not have draperies.

I was thinking metal art and then ran across some textile woven wall hangings. The ones I really liked were either unavailable or outrageously priced so I decided to make a loom (my first mistake) and get some yarn (not as easy as it sounds) and give it a try with the aid of YouTube videos.


Although I have a lot to learn, I think my first attempt came out pretty nice. And although my husband’s comment of “Isn’t this a little outside your area of expertise?” was met with my daughter’s eye-rolling, I have decided to continue and get myself a “real” loom and see if that helps the process.

As far as the learning here……I would say: (1) always give it a try! You never know what hidden talents you’ll uncover; and (2) make sure when placing art in a room you look for pieces that compliment each other without detracting from the overall look you are trying to achieve.

If you want a huge statement piece in a room do not place a bunch of smaller similar works around it that will take your eye away from it. Use different mediums and do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

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Nancy bradley

I consult, design, and remodel spaces that reflect the homeowner’s lifestyle and budget by getting the cost question out of the way and really listening to what my client wants and how much they have set aside for their project.