Australian Tapestry Workshop in South Melbourne. The entrance is filled with walls of tapestry wool of every colour of the rainbow. It is all available for purchase.
We were told that they get the best wool from Hamilton in Victoria and use a Border Leicester/ Merino Cross wool. The wools are dyed on the premises to an exact formula. They usually make commissions and the work is based on someone's art. We were shown how they transfer the design onto the loom and how the tapestries are made. It was a fascinating talk.
They have a lot of consultation before they start, deciding on size and colour and make many little test samples before the tapestry is started.
|View from above|
|Tapestry in progress|
|Untitled by David Noonan|
It is only when you look up close you can see the incredible detail in the weaving.
Here is a photo of our happy group after the tour and you can see those lovely threads behind us.
|Waverley Art Quilters|