I spent almost a whole day choosing a palette of colors. Usually I choose many more colors than I will actually use but it is a place to start. This tapestry will have quite a bit of silk and linen as well as my standby, wool. I have larger amounts available of most of the choices in the box but I find that making small butterflies or bobbins like this gives me a nice visual idea of the color,texture and fiber choices in my mind.
I don't make an actual painting of the complete design with colors. It is not that I don't think this is an excellent idea and would probably save me some time. I have a fear that if I made a painting first that the tapestry wouldn't actually get woven. So normally I do a drawn design for the cartoon and then I select a palette of colors.
I had really planned to start weaving this on Monday and I have plenty of incentive because this will be my demo piece for the Yellow Rose show in Sequin, Texas and the Rendezvous show in Oklahoma City. There is more information on both of these to the right under SHOWS.
I am getting pretty comfortable with spinning a nice slightly felted singles for tapestry that blends well with my Ymmyarns and adds an extra punch to my yarn collection. Here is a picture of one of my favorite Ymmyarns colors with some of my handspun singles side by side. I think it was worth the delay and hopefully I will have some weaving progress to report soon. Deadlines, like the shows, can be very useful that way.
In addition to getting ready to start a new tapestry and continuing to work on the Path Through 2014 Tapestry Diary I have been stocking up on items I usually carry and trying some new ones for the upcoming shows.
There are plenty of Ymmyarns wool and silk...
Once a project comes off the loom a new one goes back on. Here is the Mini set up with the no warp ends kit and a new bracelet project that uses some of the new half tila beads I just got in. I also have new triangle beads, magatamas and baroque beads. I have started a couple more of the leather wrap bracelets to show off more of the new bead collection and I have many new jewelry findings for finishing leather wraps and kumihimo jewelry projects.
One of the things I love about these kinds of threads is that they can be used for all the things I like to make from tapestries to tapestry bead jewelry to kumihimo.
If you have been thinking that this would be a fun project it may be time to start. If you send pictures of a sheep sampler being woven on a Mirrix loom I would love to put them on the blog!
This show is supported and hosted by Fiber Artists of Oklahoma and the juror this year was John Garret. It travels every other show between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
It is no small effort to host and run a show like this and FAO does a superb job with it. I am happy and proud to have an organization in Oklahoma that provides such a wonderful venue for supporting fiber arts in the state and for being involved with the Tulsa Handweavers which donates a great award for weaving at this show.
To bring things full circle I have used the check I received to purchase the plane ticket for my trip to Convergence and the American Tapestry Alliance Retreat where I will be taking a workshop with Susan Martin Maffei. It feels great to use the award to further my tapestry weaving skills and experience in this way.