In 2011, I started work on a intarsia (inlaid patchwork) tapestry. It is based on a part of the Tristan and Iseulte tapestry in the Victoria and Albert museum. The original tapestry depicts the Tristan and Iseulte story in a series of panels. I have chosen to tell my own SCA story using medieval design principles. The scenes depict events and activities in my life and the people shown are my friends and family. The woman with the long brown hair in most of the panels is me.
When I started the project, I had very little documentation - just a few pictures. Over the course of the project, I have discovered much more.
Due to the complexity and size of this project, it is still a work in progress. The panels have not been sewn together.
A&S display in the Pennsic barn. (August 2011)
A wide shot showing most of the panels covering a pool table. (February 2012)
This panel depicts me teaching a children's garb class at Pennsic. Note James of Middle Aston's inclusion as a student.
Bathing the children at Pennsic. The two boys are my sons.
This is my friend Dana babysitting my son William.
This panel depicts a family fishing trip as part of youth activities at Pennsic.
This panel depicts two stories including the flooding of my mother's tent and an epic encampment backgammon game.
These are two of twelve border panels depicting me through time at the Pennsic Runestone. Our family has a tradition of taking a group photograph at the runestone each year. You can see many of the actual photos here. More of the border progression can be seen in the picture near the top of this page.
The first picture shows an early corner before additional embroidery was placed in the spaces where your eyes could rest as seen in the second picture.
This picture shows "Spike", a populus symbol for Atlantia, facing my arms.
Here's a picture of the back of the bathing panel so you can see my stitching.
Updated March 13, 2012
Contact me at Pellison@galtham.org
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