The first group here is from Ghana. A number of colors could be chosen and patterns would vary within the piece. The TWS member was even able to spend some time weaving on one of their looms. She could not have been beaming more in the picture of her a that loom.
The second member had taken a trip to Egypt not long after her first tapestry weaving class. She was a weaver otherwise, but the class allowed her to fully appreciate what she was seeing in Egypt. Note that despite the patterns, these were made WITHOUT a cartoon. These weavers simply begin and go as they see fit. The weaving is very tight, but the pattern is free flowing and often eccentric. Therefore, the weaving was frequently not flat.
The first piece was about 12" by 8". Nearly all of the rounded patterns were made by weaving eccentrically. A detail of the that weaving follows. Hopefully you can see how the surface "bubbles" from the tension and the eccentric weft.This second piece was about 36" wide by 20" tall. Again remember there was no plan written down by the weaver prior to the weaving.
I took many detail pictures of the birds. These first are in the lower left hand corner of the piece. Aren't they just sweet???
These next are at the top of the piece and are in order moving from the left to the right. Here is a detail of the flowers in the mid region of the piece. You can see some of the 3D effect of the eccentric weaving, but it's better in the next picture I took from an angle to the side. PS This post took me 45 minutes - we're heading in the right direction!