This woman does not know what she is talking about! Tapestry is indeed woven on a loom, however, the word 'tapestry' is also used for(quoting my dictionary here): 'embroidery imitating this(loom tapestry), usually in wools on canvas'. This is what I have always understood tapestry to be and I would imagine it's the original description.
As for the Bayeux Tapestry being constructed on linen, well linen can be a very loose weave(hopsack?), and therefore almost the same as canvas.
'Professionals, not nuns'? I think the nuns would have been considered professionals because the ones doing it would do nothing else outside of their religious duties. They would probably make all sorts of ceremonial dress for the clergy, altar cloths, huge embroidered curtains, religious tapestries etc etc and work to a very high standard.
So, as you were ..... nothing has changed!
Edited by ouija ouija, 15 November 2012 - 04:04 PM.
Tapestry and Embroidery were far from an Ecclesiastically limited endeavour. There was a huge embroidery industry in England, by no means restricted to Clerical requirements. The Romans and Ancient Greeks also used this artistic representation almost ubiquitously.Considerating that the Bayeaux is not a glorification of their God then it suggests that Professional Embroiderers were used (i.e. paid by the inch).
Considerating that the Bayeaux is not a glorification of their God then it suggests that Professional Embroiderers were used (i.e. paid by the inch).
The tapestry was most likely commissioned by Bishop Odo, William the Conquerer's half-brother. The Bishop would presumably have influence enough to ensure the nuns took on the task ........ and would not require to be paid 'by the inch'!