Within the last couple of weeks I've been to Cotehele (a Stately Home just inside Cornwall, http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cotehele/
) with huge areas of rather faded tapestries from the 1600's or 1700's. They were put in place in the 1750's, but had been used in another house before then & were cut about to fit the smaller Cotehele.
Must admit I was wondering how a woven picture can be created. None of the textbooks on weaving I've seen have shown anything like that. It must be said, though, that most of what I've seen has its origin in the 1960's/70's where the emphasis was on new textures and materials being used to create an 'artistically authentic' look or some such high faluting twaddle, rather than create a picture, or even something that looked nice. To give you an idea: One textbook advocated the use of plastic carrier bag strips to be woven in, to get 'an interesting texture'. Yeah, the texture of 'rubbish', needless to say I didn't pay much attention to what the author said after that.
Do you have any idea, Serinde, how this technique can be used to make a picture? Strikes me that chart making programs can be used to decide the colours, and where they should go, but the bit I can't figure is the actual weaving of the colours in the weft.