Drawin’!

I’m pretty excited for my upcoming collaborative show with Lindsay Joy. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on a drawing for part of the show. It’s nice to take a break from weaving, and work on tiny, detailed drawings instead. It is quite satisfying.

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Delivery

The last few weeks I haven’t gotten around to much weaving. I had been waiting for the postal strike to end so that I could get the yarns and dyes I ordered. Meanwhile, my tapestry was neglected.

Thankfully, the strike is over! A couple days ago I received my yarns, and yesterday I received my acid dyes, safely nestled in small brown box. Today I was busy mixing up some stock solution, and winding skeins of wool. Hopefully, I’ll get to dyeing soon, and back to tapestry-ing.


Process: It’s Off!

The weaving is done! It’s cut off the loom! Now I have several hours of finishing left to do. In some ways it feels anticlimatic when you cut a tapestry off the loom. After spending so long weaving, you get to see it for the first time on its own, only to realize it’s smaller than you had imagined, and that there’s still more work to do! Nonetheless, I’m getting close!

Now, I need to get going on the needlelace…

And, hopefully, when it’s all put together it will look something like this…


Another new process!

On Thursday my Experimental Ceramics class tried out some china painting. I started not really knowing what I was going to do, and ended up spending all day painting this small little soy sauce container. I think I may have found another new hobby…but I’ll see once it’s fired whether or not it turns out.


Process: An hour’s worth of work

Sometimes people ask me how long it takes to weave a tapestry. Most of the time it’s hard to give an answer. I have a vague sense of how long it takes, but usually lose track of the number of hours I spend on a weaving. Some areas take longer than others, so it’s hard to know how much can be done in a certain amount of time. Here I’ve documented an hour’s worth of work. The first picture is where I was at when I sat down to weave, and the second when I stopped after weaving for an hour. I’m almost at the centre of the circle!

 

 


Process: Next in Line

Today I finally began my tapestry. As it always is with beginning another tapestry, the first few inches into it I begin to question why it is that I choose to work with this time-consuming process. It’s as if I forget that it takes a long time. And a whole lot of patience.

I think I’ve managed to get past the fact that this will take a ridiculous amount of time (more than I seem to have), and am pleased with the little I’ve done so far. I’m working with single strands to get a greater degree of blending and colour variation, and am incorporating different types of yarns and threads for added texture.

This evening, I was working on stitching up my sample. I was playing with it, seeing if I liked it better concave or convex, and thinking of display ideas. My niece was there, and suddenly took the weaving and placed it on her head. It looked hilarious! My sister, niece and I all took turns trying it on. Perhaps this will become my next project in line. I love when one idea begets another.

 


To Dye For

The last couple of weeks I’ve been getting things ready to start weaving my next tapestry. That means dyeing! I purchased fine merino wool and wool/silk from Jane Stafford Textiles, and dyed the fiber with acid dyes to make 16 different shades of red.

Soaking the wool and preparing the jars for dye

 

Dye jars cooling after dyeing process is finished

Dyed skeins drying