I’ll be continuing the story of the tapestry soon, talking about the first time I joined pieces together and then what happened when Paul McGann was announced. But for now let’s jump right up to date.
I have made a list of characters, things and creatures that I need to add to ensure I represent every story from the classic era properly. To my surprise this was a much larger list than I expected considering the amount of coverage I have already. These will be added to the sides, I have an overhang at the bottom from the last piece that was joined on and I’ll be working up from this. I won’t be joining one massive piece on, I don’t have a large enough piece of Aida available at the moment. Instead it will still be done in panels and attached. This will mean I can also work easier with a panel before it is attached; the last few have been very difficult because I have had to support the weight of the whole canvas whilst working. I can even take it away with me, should a miraculous vacation occur this side of the next zombie apocalypse.
I have divided the missing list into two parts, one to go down this right hand side and the rest to work on another long addition to the left; this will balance up the overall look of the final tapestry.
I had to do a count up of the missing figures and work out an average size for each to ensure I can get them all in, until now I’ve sized by instinct, although there will be additional commentary on that in one of the next couple of history posts. Another thing I will be discussing in the history of posts will be the different sizes of aida, this time I'm using 'count 18' which is designed more for cross stitch rather than tapestry (or embroidery with wool).
I have edged the aida with masking tape to try to secure the edges to prevent fraying which will happen if it is not edged. This can cause size issues if too much frays before you get the design finished.
So what will be the first character to feature on the next piece?