Making the pattern

Space in the undercroft of the church will serve as a studio space to work on this project. We cordoned off a corner to put up a wall that will hold the canvas. The area will also be used to store supplies.

Our first task was to measure the space and make a paper pattern. Marty and Tony worked to accurately measure the height of the arch for each one foot increment across. Additional measurements were made near the edges.

Measuring the lunette

Measuring the lunette

After transposing the measurements to a paper pattern, I then cut it out. We checked the fit by spreading it out into the space: it was too big to handle all at once so we did a test fit of the left half, then the right half.

Cutting out the pattern for the canvas

Cutting out the pattern for the canvas

Back up on the ladders and wrestling with the paper to get it to fit into the lunette.

Testing the pattern for fit.

Testing the pattern for fit.

We have a perfect fit.

The pattern is accurate.

The pattern is accurate.