Thérèse Makes A Tapestry
The same Getty Museum that produced the classic Marguerite Makes a Book brings us this new picture book about Thérèse, who lives with her family in Les Gobelins manufactory in the Paris of Louis XIV: the place a tourist can still visit today to see craftspeople at work. The plot is the predictable one that modern girls will want to have: girls and women are not taught to work at the looms, but fictional Thérèse makes a piece that wins the King’s favor with what becomes a famous tapestry. The real tapestry and historical background are given in ample detail in a smaller-print article on the last page. The pictures are delightful and illustrate the techniques Thérèse follows – from the source of her dyes and the cartoon she works from to the way the knots are made – with such care that the adult researcher will find them useful.