Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Textile Art

  1. The Last Word on World of Threads 2018

    02 Nov 2018
    I’ve blogged about weaving, stitching, and paper art and now, to be honest, I am running out of steam.  But I did not want to close the book on World of Threads without mentioning a few of my favorite pieces in the other creative categories, so here goes Wearables Here…

  2. Paper Art in World of Threads

    31 Oct 2018
    Some of the strongest work in World of Threads is paper art, be it cast, collaged, or stitched. Although it is not in the main gallery, I would argue that the centerpiece of the entire Festival is an installation made of cast paper by the young Korean-American artist Sun Young…

  3. Stitchin’ Magicians: More from World of Threads

    26 Oct 2018
    I must confess that I break out in hives at the mere sight of my sewing machine, but that doesn’t stop me from admiring what other artists are able to do with this tool. There were more examples of sewn constructions, art quilts, and hand and machine embroidered work in…

  4. Tapestry at the World of Threads Festival

    23 Oct 2018
    I recently traveled to Oakville, Ontario for the exhibition opening of the 2018 World of Threads Festival. I’m not exactly sure when I first became aware of World of Threads, but only fairly recently. This was my first time entering, but I’m sure it will not be my last.  The…

  5. Late to the Party: Threads of Resistance

    30 Sep 2018
    I’ve recently finished a piece that is inspired by the toxic political divide we now endure. It is called “Lose/Lose” and it consists of nine 4” x 4” tapestries with embroidered and beaded embellishment Lose/Lose, 16 x 16 inches, wool, silk, beads. This piece is a continuation of an older…

  6. Warp-tastic

    23 Aug 2018
    After a lot of travel and time away from the studio, my latest piece is finally finished! I’ve titled it “Lotus Lines.”   Lotus Lines, 42”x36” If you read my last blog post, you know that I wove this tapestry on its side, leaving gaps for the warps to span.  I…

  7. What’s on the Loom?

    21 May 2018
    My current project is a ‘baby step’ out of the box, for me.  I am still working with my lotus pond source material, but I am doing several things, both design wise and technique wise, that I have never done before. I am about half-way done on this project and…

  8. Hanging the Beast

    04 May 2018
    Recently, I completed the largest tapestry I have ever attempted. By European standards, it is not all that big, but at 60” x 60” it seems downright huge to me. It is twice the size of anything I have ever woven before.  When it comes to hanging tapestries, I have…

  9. Je Suis un Lissier

    16 Apr 2018
    I trace my tapestry “lineage” to the French tradition through Mary Lane via Ruth Scheuer via Jean Pierre Larochette and the San Francisco Tapestry Workshop, active 1977-1988. How Jean Pierre ended up in the USA in the first place is a fascinating story. To learn about this historical period, I…

  10. How an Iowa Girl found her Tapestry Groove

    05 Apr 2018
    I think it is only fitting to start this blog adventure at the beginning and tell my story: what attracted me to textiles in the first place, and how in the heck did I get into tapestry weaving?  It is a good question.  I grew up in Iowa. Like just…

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