Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ymmyarns 50 Gram Tapestry Yarns Are Here, New Progress

The new Ymmyarns 50 gram balls are here and they are gorgeous. I took a photo after I had them organized and now they are safe in their boxes. Beautiful yarns are so appealing, so full of promise for future plans.

Having the entire color range in the 50 gram balls is a sign that Fiber Studio Tapestry and Bead Weaving supplies is growing. A special thanks to all the tapestry weavers that have purchased Ymmyarns from me. It is because of you that I have this lovely stash of tapestry yarns and I do not think they will be here long enough for me to become attached.

In preparing some pictures of the Mango Hunters for todays post I began to reflect on how helpful having photos of my work, finished and in progress is to the process of making things. It is not only a way to admire my work or to show off the new "children" to friends and acquaintances and it is not just for the professional purposes of having images to send to shows or competitions. When I am feeling unproductive I often look at the photos from the previous months and manage to convince myself that I am accomplishing something, but I also use the photos as a tool to help with my working process.

Here is a photo of the Mango Hunters as it appeared on the loom this morning. I am really getting excited as it seems this may meet my goal of being finished by the end of the year.

I often find that looking at a photo gives me a very different perspective than looking at the actual tapestry does. Condensing the image and removing yourself from the physical presence of the work can help to see details that are more difficult to catch otherwise. Especially in tapestry where parts of the work are no longer in view it can be a way of checking the continuity of the work as well.

Since the Mango Hunters is woven from side to side one of the things that is helpful is just to rotate the photo and get a good at it from the proper perspective. I see a couple of details in this one that I might want to change, but first I decide to go back and look at other views before each turning of the warp.

To the right is a photo of the same scene a few weeks ago.

This photo shows what it looked like before the last turn of the warp.

here it is back at the very beginning. This photo is a little dark but it does help me to see how the design is progressing.

This last photo is from just a few minutes ago. I have made some slight changes from the first one in the series based on what I saw from observing the photo and now I am ready to turn the warp again and move on.

Now I see one or two small things I may change a bit but I think I will turn the warp first and so it goes.


  1. These photos are wonderful! I got sucked in by the yarn photo of course. I may have to try this yarn at some point. And the photos of your piece are fantastic. I take a lot of photos also, but I can only see about 6 inches at a time on my floor loom before it gets turned under. You have given me the idea to stitch the bits together in photoshop and see the whole image thus woven. Is that a Mirrix you're using? And if so, how wide?
    Happy weaving!

    1. Thanks Rebecca! The yarns are gorgeous and some of them may have to stay in my studio. Also thanks for the comments on the photos. I have been trying to improve my photo skills and I enjoyed your post about the workshop you just completed and the link you provided to Lyn Harts blog. The workshop sounds fabulous.

      Yes, the loom is a Mirrix Joni which is 32 inches wide. The Mango Hunters will be about 29 x 40 inches when finished.