Free machine embroidery on vanishing muslin over Kunin felt. Zapped with a heat gun. Teasel brush used to removed scorched muslin fibres.
Source pictureFrom this article in the Saturday Guardian 21/03/15:
“Elizabethan tapestry map to be displayed at University of Oxford's Bodleian library. Map of Worcestershire from 1590s describes mysterious event in the hills near ‘The Worldesend’”
Close-up of the map. Photograph: Graham Turner
I liked the idea of a distressed textile map, and way the rivers were so exaggerated – emphasising their importance relative to the roads which hardly show up. Not wanting to attempt a copy complete with settlements, I just used the natural features - rivers and hills/trees. Quite pleased with the trees, the vanishing muslin gives them a nice worn tapestry effect, but I should've used a darker blue for the rivers.