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© 2019 by The Roving Artisan

Tie The Knot

Many hands make love work.
Create one special tapestry together. 

How the "Tie The Knot" concept was born:

Nadia and Steven had every detail of their wedding day planned. But they were still missing one thing —  a special momento of the day itself.
 
They wanted a keepsake that would be cherished and used, not stored in a cupboard or attic. 
 
They wanted something that would capture the fact that the day wasn't just a demonstration of their love for each other. It was a celebration of the precious role every guest played in their lives. 
 
What's more, they wanted a fun, inclusive activity that would bring everyone together.
 
Nothing seemed quite right until Nadia came across The Roving Artisan and our unique offering of communal weaving, in which many hands come together to make one beautiful handwoven tapestry.
 
Getting Started:
 
Jess started by working with Nadia and Steven to establish the aesthetic they wanted to achieve.
 
After many emails, samples and inspiration sharing, they settled on a colour palette of neutrals and
blush pinks that would be perfect for the entrance to the couple's  house. 
 
Nadia and Steven loved the idea of using a variety of materials and textures — linen, cotton, rope, thick wool, macrame yarn and feather effects.
 
Because of the large number of guests, Jessica recommended a simple knotted weaving technique,  involving tying strips of fabric to a mesh backing.
 
Jess prepared everything, sourcing the fabrics, sending samples to the couple, and preparing and cutting them into strips.
 
She curated the supplies into a display, and created a gorgeous guide of instructions, so the guests could weave unsupervised. She even sourced a vintage easel that would match the Gatsby / Vintage theme. Then she arranged for it all to be transported to the event.

On The Special Day:
 
Nadia and Steven's romantic ceremony was set outdoors in the lush bushland of Hunter Valley, NSW. Nadia's silver dress shimmered as she walked down the aisle framed by a forest of poplar trees. Steven stood by an arbour which he'd crafted into a diamond, dripping in native flowers.
 
The reception was held in the cellar door among rustic wine barrels and banquet tables. Two vintage ladders supported a bonbonnière of honey jars from the father of the groom’s hives. 
 
Nearby was the Tie The Knot display with the vintage easel supporting the mesh frame, beside a barrel topped with a perfectly arranged display of coloured fabrics and instructions on what to do.
 
As the reception went on (and the heavens opened with an almighty storm outside),
guests became more and more engrossed with the woven tapestry that was taking shape. They milled about and returned to it throughout the night, attaching more threads together.
 
The Beautiful Result:
 
Jessica collected the near-finished tapestry, but it needed her expert eye. While Nadia and Steven went on their honeymoon, Jessica set to work. She tied the final knots, cleaned others and rearranged where necessary to enhance the overall effect.
 
When she delivered the final and polished wall-hanging to Nadia and Steven, Nadia said “she took our breath away.”
 
It was a beautiful object, just as they'd envisaged, that was quite literally woven with love by every special person in their lives.