|Our wee Rabbies mini-coach, second from the right, which can negotiate tiny 'B' roads and go places these other big beasts can not follow|
|Wallace Monument in the distance|
|Statue of King James V dressed as a commoner at the corner of his palace. At one point, all the buildings at Stirling Castle were painted the golden color of the great hall, seen at left.|
|Louise Martin, head weaver at Stirling Castle|
To render the full-scale design and cartoon, the head weavers go to New York to the Cloisters. They have access to within one millimeter of the original tapestries but cannot touch them. They figure out yarn colors and make a detailed plan for each figure and motif in each tapestry. Working from full size color copy, they make an acetate tracing of the tapestry. Then from this they make a paper cartoon.
|#1 'The Start of the Hunt' woven with 100 colours of yarn and a 'thousand flowers' backbround at West Dean studio.|
|#2 'The Unicorn at the Fountain'|
The third tapestry in the series 'The Unicorn Leaps from the Stream' is currently being woven at West Dean Tapestry Studio. The fifth tapestry in the series will be woven last at the Stirling studio.
|#6 'The Unicorn is Killed and Brought to the Castle' There are seveneteen dogs, 108 colours, and two scenes depicted in this tapestry|
|#7 'The Unicorn in Captivity' Seven different colours of yarn are used in weaving the unicorn|
It is humbling to realize that it will take 3 highly skilled weavers working 7 days a week, 3 ½ years to complete this current tapestry. Another tapestry in the series is being woven at the West Dean Tapestry studio 500 miles away in England. The entire project will be completed in 2013 when the whole set of tapestries will hang in King James V Palace. http://www.westdean.org.uk/tapestrystudio/commissions/historicscotland.shtml
|The resident blogger|
|At Skaill Bay, Orkney|