So, it’s been a while since I’ve last posted. And it’s also been a while since I’ve made anything creative other than friendship bracelets and banana chocolate chip muffins. After finishing up my 3 month stint at Art Central, I lost most of my motivation to make anything. I’m not really sure what’s caused this. Maybe feeling burned out after rushing to get my tapestry done, or anticipating moving house later this summer. Whatever the cause, it would really be nice to have my motivation back. I’ve decided that I need to just start something new, and hope that the joy in making will come later. Tonight I’m starting on a painting I’ve envisioned for a while. Meanwhile, here are a couple pics of the last of my Art Central tapestry project. Still need to do the final finishing…




Art Central so far


Feeling Blue

Today was a dye day. A perfect day for it actually. It’s grey and snowing outside, so it’s been nice staying inside with the hot stove going. I’m getting ready to start on a new tapestry soon, and am just putting all my yarns in order. Finally, I’ll be weaving with colours other than red, pink and flesh!

Finishing Well – Pt. 2

The second unfinished project I’ve successfully finished is a little felt sculpture I started during a workshop with Marjolein Dallinga of Bloomfelt. The workshop was during an extra-busy time of school, so after the workshop was done, I never got around to finishing the work because I needed to focus on finishing school. My sister helped get me motivated to finish this one. She asked if she could cut some of the circles, and after watching her for a couple minutes, I wanted to finish it myself.

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: Inch by Inch

My tapestry is coming along…but there is still a long way to go!

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