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The Foothills Art Council and the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center present New Works by Tapestry Weavers South.

The Studio Gallery

110 North Bridge Street

Elkin, NC 28621

June 3-August 21 2022

Slide Show:

Equilibrium #2 by Jacqueline Mehring

Cat’s Eye by Betty Hilton Nash

Vista by Connie Lippert

In the Garden by Joan Griffin

Journey by Jennifer Sargent

Wedge Weave by April Carter

Vista by Connie Lippert

Migration by Genie Greenlaw

Voices 3 by Terry Bryson

Fiesta,Fiesta by Louise Halsey

Study in Yellow and Blue by Mary Jane Lord

Blue Poodle by Mary Jane Lord

Spirit Journey by Betty Hilton Nash

Wandering but not Lost by Louise Halsey

Equilibrium# 4 by Jacqueline Mehring

Workshops from January -May 2022

Weaving Miniature Tapestry Portraits at

In this ongoing workshop, enjoy creating a miniature tapestry of yourself, a loved one or beloved pet!

We will weave on a small cardboard loom to explore and enjoy this relaxing and therapeutic art form. Warp and weft yarns are provided, and participants are encouraged to use their own yarns and threads in their tapestries.


The inspiration for the tapestry “Fellow Americans and Exotic Aliens” came from Bob Sober’s exhibition at the Imperial Center for Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount, called Small Wonders: insects in focus.

His monumental photographs were awe inspiring in their beauty and dignity. Two adjectives that I would not normally apply to insects. One of the insects photographed, the yellow nose clown lantern fly has a sibling in the USA- the spotted lantern fly which is now the scourge of Virginia and has recently migrated into North Carolina too. These insects are known as exotic aliens.

Before my daughter and I became American citizens, we were designated as legal aliens. There seems to be similarities between the attitudes towards citizens who are called ‘aliens’ and ‘alien’ insects and plants. One of the reasons that exotic insect and plant aliens are regarded as pests is because they have no “natural enemy” in their new environments to keep their populations under control. Once established, some of the exotic aliens can overcome some of the native species.

The yellow nose clown lantern fly
Bob Sober composes his insect portraits from hundreds or even thousands of photographs stacked into a single digital image….then prints the composite images at a relatively monumental scale in comparison to the minute subject matter; some prints in this exhibition are more than 6′ tall…”

woven in two pieces, symetrical but not identical
the yellow nose clown lantern fly in the Garden Fence Gallery


Not as large as the monumental photographs of Bob Sober, but this yellow clown nose is still much larger than life.
And obviously would not survive being outside in winter.

The weathered butterfly

I read somewhere that Wabi Sabi can be expressed as appreciating the beauty of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete in nature.

Wabi=the loneliness of nature and sabi= the weathering force of nature

I wanted some tears in the wings like you sometimes see in butterfly wings at the end of the Summer season to show the weathered force of nature. Then I stitched the tears together to hold it together, incomplete and imperfect.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged into a woood, and I-

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”

Robert Frost.

I thought the weaving would be over once I had woven the 16 tapestry pieces. Wrong! I have to edit to make the shapes fit and make sense. At least, make sense to me.

Before sewing the pieces together, I want the pieces to make sense individually and as a whole.

I don’t like the top part of the 6th tapestry piece

So I am reconstructing the 6th piece. Now I see other areas in tapestry I might reconstruct. I might want to improve or restore sections.

Would it have made sense to have planned this out in more detail?

Absolutely. The road not taken.

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey” Kenji Miyazawa

Working on the 13th tapestry piece gives me control over my life and creative expression.

“Art teaches us to express how we feel and so alchemize it. Art acknowledges that feelings are mutable and that we contain the power to mutate the dross of our wounds into the ore of art. In this sense, art gives us the ability to always move out of the victim position.

When bullying life demands of us some injustice:” You want to make something of it?”

The artful answer is yes .”

Walking in This World by Julia Cameron

Only 4 more tapestry pieces to go, then the task of making some kind of sense and harmony out of the collection of parts.

Or maybe not?

Can you have harmony with chaos? Harmony with discord?

10 pieces completed
Starting the 11th tapestry piece

Last year I wrote about creating small, intimate tapestries. My last tapestry at the Tapestry Weavers South Exhibit was 6″ x 61/2.”

My latest tapestries are 12″ x 12″ ( double the size!) Each tapestry is one part of a much larger tapestry that will be 4′ x 4′.

This is quite a shift in scale from my previous tapestries. So what happened?

It is a direct response to the events that are playing out in 2020. Personal health problems; a pandemic; political turmoil.

Yet I am working from the same impulse as my previous tapestries.

This impulse is one that is described in Jane Kidd’s talk from Tapestry 2008, “To Practice in the Middle: A Craft/Art dialogue”

I refer to her description of the ‘reparative gesture’ which she believe is particularly applicable to tapestry.

” The concept of the ‘reparative gesture’ derives from psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and has been used in contemporary art discourse art theorist Jean Randolph who writes:

” The reparative gesture is altruistic, generous and synthetic. It does not cast out what is impure or ruined. It reconstructs, reinterprets, and illuminates the potential of the impure subject, object, idea or form. The reparative impulse attempts an integration of grief for the lost ideal with the desire to make good for injury done. Reparative action is the endeavor to restore. Rather than hiding traces of damage, it integrates them with grief of the lost ideal and the remaining qualities of value.”

My tapestry is “in pieces” and I am working to bring the pieces together to make a complete whole. But the pieces do not “match” each other- there are no perfect seams or edges, and each piece has very different yarns and colors, stripes and textures. They are all slightly different sizes. My goal is to combine the pieces, accept the differences and present an image that is integrated, beautiful in itself as itself, and whole.

The tapestry image of the day lily will not match the perfect proportions or colors of the day lily that blooms so beautifully in nature. However, my tapestry day lily is not ephemeral.

It would be fair to say everyone has been challenged in 2020 with the corona virus pandemic.

My response to the waves of fear and feelings of helplessness has been to create something I believe is too difficult for me to do and I’m doing it anyway to prove myself wrong.

My latest tapestry is 4′ x  4′  daylily and since I don’t have a 4′ loom, I’m making 16 x 12″ tapestries.

It’s all about working within limitations, creating individual pieces that are successful in themselves and successful as pieces of a bigger composition too. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The first section of 4 x 12″ tapestry pieces

Oh yeah, it’s a much bigger scale than my previous 6″ x 8′ tapestries and in a coarser construction.

I’m now working on my second section of 4 x 12″ tapestry pieces.


Were we were going to get to the opening or not?

An unexpected visit to the emergency department and hospital, and a tapestry labeled for the wrong destination..things were not looking good

Yet it all came together, at the Foothills Arts Council in Elkin, on Sunday afternoon on September 1, 2019.

In a beautiful house with a circular wrap around porch, the Tapestry Weavers South had an impressive display of tapestries from Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee. Leslie Fesperman helped to pull it all together, and it was a pleasure to meet with fellow tapestry weavers from Tapestry Weavers South. My husband, daughter and grandchildren were given a warm welcome and the company and the exhibit was delightful. Leslie showed me their studio spaces upstairs, where they offer classes in fiber arts to children and adults. What a fabulous resource for Elkin and the surrounding area.

I took photos of nearly everyone’s work but I missed a couple of pieces for which I apologize. I was distracted talking to everyone ( which was fun!) and never did get back to finish photographing all the tapestries. If anyone has images of the artists I missed, and you want to send them to me, I will be happy to show them on the blog.

The photos don’t do justice to colors and textures of the tapestries- the best way to see them is up close and personal.

Lily Layers on Mountain Island lake by Linda G. Weghorst. The yarns sparkle in this piece with incredible details

Sabilieres de Bretagne by Helene Crie Wiesner. Images from a French Breton church. A bold medieval style tapestry. Apologies to Helene for butchering her name


Breaking out of the grid by April Price. An intriguing tapestry which has 3-dimensional folds running accross the colors

Landscape 11 by Jennifer Sargent. A substantial, large tapestry which appears to be delicate

Fiddleheads Return by Tommye Scalin. Another lovely piece by Tommye where she uses subtle color shading to create the forms

Untitled by Jacqueline Mehring. Sitting beside Tommye’s tapestry and Nancy Duggers tapestry. Glad there was a space for me!


Almost 5 by Terri Bryson. There are a lot of deep rich colors in this small and fun tapestry

Dingle Cliff Walk by Laurie O’Neill. A lovely tiny tapestry, full of detail and atmosphere

Connection by Connie Lippert. Woven with natural dyes, I found myself returning to this tapestry many times.

Broken by Dorina Scalia. A very mysterious tapestry that needs some time to study it- I can see there might be many ways to interpret this piece

Fine Print by Michelle Elliott.This is woven with handspun newspaper- beautiful texture, appears like seeds. This is a tapestry that needs to be seen up close to appreciate

Out of the darkness by Nancy Dugger. Very rich dark colors with lots of texture, tension and emotion.

River Flow by Joan Griffin. A strong, bold design with dry and shining contrasting fibers

Losing it and Negative Positive by Rebecca Stevens. Both pieces are very delicate designs woven in linen- with a weathered/faded appearance


Reconquering Burgundy, resurrecting Charles the Bold

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky

Fibre art by Jean Ottosen

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

around the garden

art in fibers and fabric


art in fibers and fabric