Created by Manhattan Area Weavers and Spinners Guild in Manhattan, Kansas
Originally created for the Midwest Weavers Conference
Title: Ad Astra Tapestry
Theme: Made in Honor of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Kansas State Fair
Materials and techniques used: Tapestry Technique – yarn is wool, some handspun, some from area producers, and some from Shepherd’s Mill in Phillipsburg.
Linda Schmidt, Ronna Robertson, Jan McNeil, Julie Strauss, Marsha Jensen, Holly Britton,
Rebecca Snavely, Maureen Conn, Marla Shoemaker, Vicki Taylor, Enell Foerster, Anne Collins
Did your group enjoy working on the project?
It was a fun project because it involved learning, working together as a team, and creating a weaving about the beautiful Flint Hills.
“We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone…..
And whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the
Weavings of individual threads from one to another that creates something.”
-Sandra Day O’Connor
This tapestry is composed of 18 blocks woven on tapestry looms by 12 members of the Manhattan Area Weavers and Spinners Guild of Manhattan, Kansas. The inspiration was a photograph of the Kansas Flint Hills in the evening. Eleven colors of wool yarn were used, including both of the 2013 Midwest Conference yarns. A cartoon was made and then divided into blocks and given to guild members to weave their portion of the tapestry. For several of these members, this was a first-time weaving experience. After many finishing touches and a good pressing, you see the final result before you.
Our intent is for the tapestry to represent the beauty of the Flint Hills and how the collaboration of individual and group effort has been and is the way of life in Kansas.
Thank you to the Kansas Humanities Council.This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibits, 100 Years of Agriculture; Past, Present, and Future, and supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas.
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