Thursday, February 14, 2013

Romancing the Earth

Happy Valentines Day!

I am calling my little entry in todays tapestry diary "Romancing the Earth" because the forms remind of land and sky, water and mountains all in a one inch high by two inch rectangle.

Here is the month of February to date and also a couple of days at the end of January. The new red violet colors are working their way into February and I am having a lot of fun with the little rectangles.  I have been romancing pick and pick lately too! Maybe there is a pick and pick post in my future.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mirrix Contest and Studio News

A new shipment arrived yesterday of beautiful Ymmyarns wool and silk for tapestry weaving. The colors are so, ...well Yummy. The photo shows just the wools but the silk is dyed to match.  Also in the mail was a new box of hand turned brass tipped bobbins from John Moss. I now have the 5.5 inch size and the mini bobs available.

Would you like to win an 8 inch Lani Loom from Mirrix, or how about some of these gorgeous Ymmyarns?

 Here is a picture of my Lani with it's current project. Normally I weave jewelry on it but now I am getting ready to weave a four inch square of my Laddie boy.

 Mirrix has a contest underway and here is the link to find out more about it.

Win an 8" Mirrix Lani Loom!

Always wanted to try weaving beads or tapestry? Ready to upgrade your loom? Mirrix Tapestry & Bead Looms is giving away a loom to one lucky entrant in their latest contest. What do you have to do to enter? Be creative! 

Create a piece of art with up to ten words that answers this question: What inspires you to create art? The piece of art you create can be of any medium, or mixed mediums, but must be an original work of art by the entrant.

This contest is all about creativity, originality and sharability. You can see the current entries here:

Visit Mirrix's website for more details on other prizes, the panel of judges, how to win and the official rules!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tapestry Study Group

Last Saturday was our second meeting of the Tulsa Handweavers tapestry study group. We had a pretty good crowd. Some of us brought looms and projects that were underway.

Our main goal for the day was to give people a chance to make their own copper pipe frame loom for tapestry weaving and to talk about warping those looms . We published several informational files about making the looms and warping them along with a basic sett chart for cotton seine twine. If you would like to see them go to and click on the study group. They should be available for a couple of months there.

It was also an opportunity to get together, talk tapestry and learn from each other.

I demonstrated a few things like cutting the copper pipe, and fitting the pieces together.

The written files that were available prior to the meeting seemed to make the process go very smoothly.

Some team work was required!

Some elbow grease was needed too!

Of course with this group it is never all work and no play.

After the loom building I demonstrated warping the looms...

and preparing them for weaving.

Here is mine set up on my sketch box easel and I am talking about headers and half hitches.

At the end of the day, the satisfaction of a job well done was apparent everywhere.

Friday, February 1, 2013

January, Day by Day

Here is a quick post with the completed January diary. It is coming along and It is really giving me a chance to experiment with the Ymmyarns color blending possibilities and just get to know the palette better. I just got the word that my new yarn order is on the way from Australia and that is good news!

I am also getting ready for the second Tapestry Study Group meeting. Hopefully I will have some pictures to share this time.  We are going to be making some copper pipe looms and talking about warping for tapestry. If you are in the area and interested in tapestry weaving come and visit the Tulsa Handweavers. There is more information on the link to the right.

Fiber Studio is going to Texas again for the Yellow Rose Fiber Producers show in April. I will place a link on the blog for more information about the show. I hope to see some of you there.