Evolution of a large custom fox tapestry

 
 

We know our winters in Maine. Although we love them, they are long, cold and we wait them out like a relative that overstays their welcome. Ok, so at least we think we know our winters. They are not comparable to the treacherous ones of Minnesota.

Meredith reached out to me on Instagram, from the land of cold winters - Minneapolis, with a request for a large fox tapestry. She just purchased the most charming cabin/A-frame house on the Caribou in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

 
An aerial view of the Lutsen Foxhus On Caribou.   Photos courtesy of The Fox Hus

An aerial view of the Lutsen Foxhus On Caribou.
Photos courtesy of The Fox Hus

Photo: @captureminnesota

Photo: @captureminnesota

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The Fox Hus photos inside and out.   Photos courtesy of The Fox Hus

The Fox Hus photos inside and out.
Photos courtesy of The Fox Hus

 

Lovingly named The Fox Hus, she planned to decorate the house with an abundance of mid century furniture adorned in retro shades of avocado green, orange, gold and red. She envisioned a custom statement piece that tied everything together. A large fox tapestry.

Knowing this would be the largest piece I created so far, I would be maxing out the real estate on my largest 2’ BEKA loom, and would have to weave it sideways. I needed to plan a template and wanted to sketch out some ideas to show Meredith. So I started sketching. Once we decided on a design, I was off to yarn shopping (fun!), then the weaving process began!

 
The final sketch of the tapestry.

The final sketch of the tapestry.

Look at these colors!

Look at these colors!

 

I was so completely happy with the final piece. The final dimensions ended up 24" wide x 38" high (tapestry to bottom of tassels) 46" high (hanger to bottom of tassels. Big boy - well at least for a smaller loom weaver as myself!

I estimated a total of 50 hours on this piece. I lost feeling in the tips of my fingers for almost 2 weeks…

It was so worth it. <3

Looking forward to seeing the tapestry in its new home. Stay tuned for pictures!

 
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Angela Wagner