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You make this three-dimensional fabric wall hanging without touching a needle and thread.

You make this three-dimensional fabric wall hanging without touching a needle and thread

You can layer your fantasies--for Christmas or another festive occasion--with three-dimensional tapestries like these.

Our inspiration was the design pictured above. For the much simpler tree motif at upper right, we superimposed two fabric layers--the lower of linen, the top of ethereal tulle--on two canvas stretchers to create the illusion of several Christmas images floating around one another. No sewing is required; you glue, staple, or paint everything on.

You can design your own tapestry, keeping things simple (our tree motif incorporates triangles, sequins, and painted and lame stars). Or you can aim for something more complex--such as using three or four layers of fabric.

To make the Christmas tree tapestry, you'll need:

8 stretcher bars (available at art supply stores); assemble into two 30-inch-square frames

A 30-inch square of linen or other heavyweight fabric, for the bottom or background stretcher

Fabric paint

3/4 yard contact paper

A 30-inch square of tulle or mosquito netting for the top layer; optionally, use another 1/2 yard for the snowflakes

1 1/2 yards of 45-inch-wide cotton or cotton-polyester, for wrapping the stretcher bar frames

1/2 yard of green cotton, for the triangles on the Christmas tree

Lightweight cardboard, for the triangles on the Christmas tree

Sequins (optional) for tree ornaments

Scrap of gold lame for the Christmas tree's star

You'll also need a staple gun, pushpins, craft glue, spray adhesive, aluminum foil (to protect work surface from glue), scissors, a measuring tape, a large drawing compass, a stencil brush (optional), transparent tape, 3 yards of fishing line or picture wire, and two small tacks or eye screws.

Bottom frame. First, cut four 2- by 27-inch strips of cotton for the inner edges of the frame. Following step 1 at left, attach the strips and the linen to one of the frames.

To make the stencil, cut an 18-inch square of contact paper. Mark and cut a 16-inch-diameter circle from the center of the square; on the circle, mark and cut a 12-inch-diameter 8-pointed star.

Referring to the photograph above, place the stencils on the linen; then spray or brush on paint and let dry. Once paint is dry, peel off stencils.

Top or "floating' frame. Begin by cutting a 38-inch square from the framewrapping cotton. Then cut and remove a 24-inch square from the center of that. Next, make 1 1/2-inch diagonal cuts in inside corners (if wood shows through on the frame's inside edges, glue small strips of cloth in place to hide it). Following step 2 at left, affix cotton frame cover and tulle to top stretcher.

For the tree motif, cut 10 equilateral triangles (each side 5 inches long) from the cardboard and 10 equilateral triangles (each side 6 inches long) from the tree fabric. Glue fabric to cardboard, leaving seams on back, then tape down corners until dry. Next, remove tape and glue triangles to tulle (above right).

Using spray adhesive, glue on final details--lame stars, tulle snowflakes, sequin ornaments (see photograph on page 98 for placement).

After assembling the frames (step 3, left), add a small tack or eye screw about 8 inches down from the top of the frame on either side. Run picture wire or fishing line from one to the other, then hang the tapestry in place.

Photo: Encouraging his assistant, artist Tony Duquette spurs Peggy Moffet to add more flowers to the background layer of her multilayered Christmas tapestry. The technique is based on work in his "The Canticle of the Sun' exhibit at the Pavilion of Saint Francis in San Francisco

Photo: Fabric-covered wood frame lends depth to tree motif, gives impression that triangles float above painted star; tulle circles dance over the surface like round snowflakes

Photo: Finished tapestry layers angel wings, daisies, and a gold star--held together with felt frame. Translucent tulle on top permits viewers to peer into levels below

Photo: The tapestry comes together with assembled stretcher frames, fabric motifs

Bottom frame (step 1). Wrap 2-inch-wide fabric strips around inside edges of bottom stretcher; anchor with pushpins. Glue down, then remove pins. Next, place linen square on frame back and attach with pushpins. Staple down at 1-inch intervals and remove pins

Top frame (step 2). Set frame atop precut cotton square (right side facing down). Pin and glue fabric to inside edges. Pin and staple tulle layer on top; remove pins

To assemble frames (step 3), stack bottom stretcher on top. Wrap frame cover tightly around both stretcher frames; pin. Staple, and remove pins

Photo: To apply design to linen bottom (after step 1, left), affix stencils; paint (extra paper at edges protects linen from stray paint)

Photo: Align design layers: set top stretcher (step 2) onto bottom one to make sure designs on different levels will be properly placed

Photo: Affix topmost design elements to tulle with craft glue. Lift off top stretcher and place on foil; weight with books and let dry

Photo: Staple fabric frame cover around both stretchers (step 3). Add extra staples at corners to secure folds; remove pushpins
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