I "finished" my peony tapestry. I say finished, but I feel like I am not finished with it. First of all, even if all was as I had hoped, then it still needs to be blocked, the ends trimmed, and the seams for the woven frame sewn to the main tapestry. However, I am VERY UNHAPPY with this tapestry. It really doesn't look like a peony at all.
I am trying to decide how much time and effort to put into trying to fix this tapestry, versus just putting it away and saying well here is what I did right, and here is where it went wrong, and then packing it away as a major learning experience. Not all, okay, none of my tapestries turn out the way I envision them in my head, but at least I tend to like them. This one, I can't say I like it, even a smidgeon. I think the main issue is that the grey shadows are way too dark, and the middle just looks a bunch of red blobby stitches.
I really don't think there is much hope for this mess, but I may still try and salvage it this week before I completely give up. Helena Hernmarck's tapestry method does allow for sewing in some new stitches. I might be able to add some more white highlights in a way that will make this grey blobby mess look more like flower pedals.
I do like the red frame that I wove for it. In the meantime, I have a few minor adjustments to make on the portrait of my daughter. Her tapestry came off the loom at the same time as the peony. It has been on there for a while. The weaving on her face needs a few minor adjustments as does the beret, but I am far happier with the outcome. Maybe my hopes for submitting these to the ATA biennial are done for, but we'll see as I try and salvage both of them this week.
Here is hoping your weavings are going more successfully.