RELIEF & MOVEMENT
To perfect the work of a needlepoint tapestry it is thus advisable, at the
making and finishing time, to keep in mind relief and movement associated in
this unique, among all, form of Art. (cf.
Display and Exposure of a Tapestry).
One must initially use needlepoint stitches which will yields hanging to
naturally fall. One will thus exclude stitches which deform the whole. Think of a dress or trousers
bias cuting. They would be impossible to weare if the
tailor had not taken care of the slope.
A stitch used in needle-worked tapestry must thus respect and preserve as much
as possible the textile structure and vertical aspect of hanging. We recommend
two basic stitches which respect the tapestry: The right GOBLIN stitch and the
Petit Point called in France Saint Cyr stitch and in USA basketweave.
The materials as well take part in the reliefs. One will be skilfully able to
play with surfaces, thread sizes, brightness et cetera. One will obtain then velvet effects,
glossed or blaze by judiciously changing its threads according to parts of
the œuvre: Here a thread of wool, of silk or there still of gold.
The mixte of different stitches is also a method which can bring very
interesting relief's effects. It is furthermore with this principle, in
the woven tapestry field, that applied many contemporary tapestry cartooners and hand
weavers. On this principle one can even discover œuvres which have openings in the
tapestry; parts without warp nor weft, like interlacings gaps. In
other cases are on the contrary, volumes like low reliefs or ronde-bosse, in
short, a textile sculpture.
In Needlepoint Art sector one only starts to use these
effects which, thanks to the multiplicity of the stitches available and specific to
this technique, open an infinite field of prospection.