Friday, March 1, 2013

Progressing into March

 Here is a photo of the entire month of February and the first of March. The pick and pick seems to be working well to mark the months on this years diary. I will be adding in some greens for the month of March. There are a lot of little stories in February, weaving at night, playing Frisbee with Laddie, the heart shaped landscape for Valentines day, snow days and windy days, a card weaving workshop and a family birthday; all memories woven in time.

I have also been adding some new shows to my schedule. In addition to the two already listed to the right I will also be going to the 2013 Route 66 Rendezvous in Edmund, Ok on June 8 and if I get my form in on time I'm going to do the Prairie Winds Midwest Weavers Conference in Emporia, Ks June 20-22, 2013. I will add information to the list when they are confirmed.

I have also been weaving away on the Mango Hunters. Here is a picture from March 1 with the bobbins in place.  The mangos are coming along pretty well and it is about half way complete now.

I thought it might be interesting to show the drawing. I am getting ready to start the large plant in the pot. I have made a few changes to the tapestry from the drawing. I decided to leave out the flower as it is pretty distracting and I have changed the wood spoon in the bowl to another Mango. Also I plan to take some of the elements from the right side out into the border area as I did on the left.

Here is a photo with the bobbins moved and correctly turned.  I will need to turn the warp soon and can use this for reference  later.

Here is a detail that does not include the borders. It often seems like I am weaving and not getting anywhere but I can see that some progress is being made.

To finish, here are a few pictures from a card weaving workshop I took recently with John Mullarkey. It was a small group and we had a great time. John is an excellent teacher and we all came away much more knowledgeable about weaving with cards.

I don't have many pictures but here are a few.  These are all from the first day. We were working on threaded in patterns.

You can see the small sampling looms that John brought for us to use. They are similar to an inkle loom without the heddle bar.

John also brought a large number of very inspiring samples for us to study.

Here is Lynn weaving her Running Dog pattern...

and to the right is a detail that shows the pattern reversal.

On the second day we worked with Egyptian Diagonals and studied card manipulated designs. Obviously I was pretty wrapped up in my work because I have no photos yet of these designs.


  1. am quite blown away by the mango hunters.

    also fascinated that you also do card/tablet weaving - ever use this as a border sewn to a tapestry? and isn't it a little mathematically challenging - rather different to tapestry work?

    1. Hi Misha, I have to smaile when I read your comment. I did take a card weaving workshop but I'm not exactly a card weaver! It did occur to me that it might be useful for an edge or border treatment on a tapestry and many of the patterns are lovely. Right now i just don't have time to pursue it very much.

      I am glad to hear that you like the Mango Hunters as it is my most demanding project at the moment.

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  3. Again!!! you inspire. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Annie, my passion for this work just seems to get stronger.

  4. Janette,
    The halfway mark - YAY!!! And the Mango Hunters is splendid. It's hard to fathom that you are doing this AND the tapestry diary, which is a lovely remembrance of February with all its lavender tones. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Yes, half way is pretty exciting and the Mango Hunters continues to be a challenge!