One of the most interesting things throughout the trilogy are the banners. They are everywhere! In the prologue, in Helm's Deep, in the battle of the Pelenor Fields, in the throne rooms in Edoras and Minas Tirith. The Elves have stuffed Rivendell with banners...
Some of them - no,
most of them are beautiful creations that are worth more than just a
look. Not only Arwen's famous Coronation Banner or the Rivendell Wall hanging,
though they are of course among the most exquisite ones. But there are also
amazing designs in the Art-of-books; designs that were either never realised
are only seen for some seconds.
I have taken a closer look at some of them and recreated a few; and I plan to make more in the future. It's not only fun and relaxing work, but banners also make a great decoration for your room instead of the usual posters ;-)
Banners I have made so far
Banner (not open yet)
Arwen's Rivendell Wall Hanging (Bedroom Banner)
Various ideas for banners / banners I want to make etc.
I recently bought this beaded fringe trim on eBay, thinking I could maybe use it for Arwen's Bedroom Banner
It's a beautiful trim. The seller is called Essentially English. Unfortunately, I noticed later that the Rivendell Wall Hanging doesn't have a continuous trim but just some single beads hanging from the lower edges (appearing to be Swarovski Crystal drops). However, since I think this trim is beautiful, and very elven looking, I might just use it for another banner inspired by the Rivendell Wall Hanging, or an alternate version thereof...
More on Banners
An interview with Lesley Earl-Templeton (Textile Designer on LotR), Official Fanclub magazine #5, Oct./Nov. 2002
Excerpt: About banners
Wedding Banner (i.e. Coronation Banner) and Arwen's Rivendell
Question: Was it also the most difficult?
L.E.T.: No, but it was the most satisfying. The most challenging thing I've worked on is what I did last week: I worked on Arwen's wall hanging for her bedroom at Rivendell. That was big! It was huge and it utilized a really fine piece of fabric. It was 2 meters wide by 1.8 meters high. It was made of silk, which I had to do a hand-wash on. Right from the beginning, it had to be beautiful. It was three panels and shows the boat leaving for Grey Havens. It has the sea at the bottom and the golden boat sailing off and two gorgeous silvery white trees sweeping up with their branches sort of holding the sun and the moon. It is stunning. It has these gorgeous silver vines that are smothered in silver leaves; they are all embroidered on.
Do you embroider all of these things?
How much time would you estimate you spent working on the banner for Arwen's
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