I have been finding this little twist on the way I normally do things satisfying and fun.
Honestly speaking, it has been hard to write my blog posts lately. It is my goal to make this a cozy spot where you can grab a mug of coffee or tea and settle in. Lately I just haven't been feeling that cozy! Waiting for my loom to arrive for many months now has been a tough road for me to travel.
Even though I will not be getting a new 48" Cantilever Tapestry Loom from Fireside Fiber Arts I will be getting one circa 2000 that has been used and loved. Thanks to a post on the Tapestry 2005 yahoo list hosted by Kathe Todd Hooker I was put in touch with someone who is ready to sell her loom and I am definitely ready to buy. Here it is in the current owners home and if the shipping arrangements go as planned it should be in my studio by the end of the month. Isn't she lovely? I am so fortunate to have found the exact size and type of loom that just seemed perfect for my space. Add the bench and I am one happy weaver.
I have to thank so many of my weaving friends that have helped me through this difficult spot and especially to Tommye Scanlin and Kathe Todd Hooker who offered advice, sympathetic ears and loom consultations along the way and to dear friend Ann Schneider who offered me some practical tools for dealing with the situation. Where would we be without our weaving friends? Who else could understand how important a loom can be?
I made some skeins of 20/2 silk and some of a wool/silk blend to take a dying class with Gwen Witherspoon at the Guthrie Art Center recently.
We had a great time and came home tired and happy.
Here are my colors swimming in the final rinse
and drying on the front porch.
Now they are waiting patiently for this project to begin.
Helping weavers get better aquainted with their new Mirrix Looms is very satisfying and fun and I have a small and growing group coming in once a week now.
I have several small tapestries done in workshops that I wanted to put some finishing touches on so I have been mounting them on linen.
I find this process takes a little practice and I'm happy to say I am getting better at it.
from the left, Road Trip and Once A Boy.
I am getting so much better at this mounting that I think I may remount the Early One Morning piece from Joan Baxter's workshop in Dahlonega Georgia.
My first thought was to just find some simple frames for them
but given I have been trying to learn some moves on the Marudai I may weave this as a square braid and try attaching it around the edges of the linen. This one might work nicely for Road Trip and would be a different approach. I will follow up with this on the blog when I finish.
Here are a few of the models.
I have a couple more of these little forks so I can see a couple more Kumihimo Tapestry Talismans in my future.
I think it is time for some neutrals and autumnal colors next.
I think this is going to be fun. I wonder if there are others out there that would like to weave their very own hair tapestry? This may be a class in the making.
There should be no problem staying busy until my new loom arrives and then I plan to tuck in, get acquainted and weave that Paintbox.