" Art is never finished, only abandoned." Leonardo da Vinci
For a long time I never finished any of my work. There were always a few ends left untied and one or two random threads that needed to be cut. It was safer not to finish.
You don't sell work that isn't finished
You don't show work that isn't finished
You have an excuse if someone doesn't like the work. (Just say, well, I'm not finished)
People started asking me to purchase my work, and thus I began finishing pieces. ( it wasn't actually quiet that simple because it's scary to put your work out there and even scarier to take money for it.)
Today, as I started putting the finishing touches on work for a new show, I realized that one of the reasons that finishing is hard, is because we're rarely taught how. We often learn how to make the work, but what do we do with it once the canvas is off of the easel, or the weaving cut from the loom?
So let's talk about some fun ways to finish.
1. This is a hollow brass rod/ tube that I get at the hardware store.
You might have to do a little searching, but it's usually near the plumbing section. If they don't have exact length that you need, be sure to pick up a metal pipe cutter, they pretty inexpensive and easy to use. For this one, I used the fringe that was already on the piece, and tied it in knots in three sections, tucking the extra fringe to the back. To hang it on the wall, I have two screws that the piece easily rests on.
2. This is copper pipe, you can also find this at the hardware store.
It comes in a variety of lengths and gauges, you'll need to adjust based on the weight of your piece. It's also cheaper if you buy the longer pieces and cut them yourself. To attach, I sewed the tapestry onto the pipe. Stitched through the fabric, wrapped around the pipe and back through the fabric the entire way across. To hang on the wall, you can drill holes into the pipe, and then insert eye bolts that then hook onto nails or screws that you have in the wall.
3. If you want the rod to fade into the background this is a great choice.
It's a clear plastic rod that you can get on Amazon, and easily cut with a hack saw. I stitched the piece onto the rod in the same fashion as above, and then have it sitting on two screws in the wall.
4. Use a dimensional frame to hold your piece.
You can find these at most craft stores. I love them because you can choose to have the class in the frame, or remove the glass. The woven piece floats nicely in the space, and then hang like you would any other frame.