I've gotten well into the second small tapestry using the positive and negative effect. I reversed the tracing paper cartoon and also reversed the colors... now the feather shape is white and the background black.
Tomorrow, I'll do the same cartoon in a linear way with soumak. I'm having a good time with this!
Even through these are being woven side-by-side, they're two separate small tapestries, 3" wide x 6" high.
...(I) have come to the conculsion that tapestry can indeed be an art form in its own right with its own specific mode of expression if the craft of weaving is allowed to influence the art of tapestry. In order to be meaningful, tapestry must find its own identity. It must not be a woven painting, but rather a composition that could only have been woven, not painted.