Tuesday, November 26, 2013

krokbragd and tapestry

Last progress post on the first tapestry in my series. She has been cut off and is resting on the couch.  Ignore the part with the gray diamonds on blue background. That is not part of this tapestry. Also ignore the violet stripe at the very top. That is hem. Did you know that it is important for a tapestry to rest for a day or two before blocking? After Thanksgiving, I will do the finishing work.

Here is the warp for the next tapestry. The plan for the series, as of now, is five or six tapestries. All will be the same size. All will be unplanned, with handspun  yarn. All will be reflective of my current state of mind, and circumstance. They will all be documented by date.

another project: a rug for Kelly and Murphy's apartment. Murphy comes from Scandinavian stock, and I have always thought Krokbradg to be very pretty. Their apartment needs a bit of color.  I researched on line and in my many books, and learned a little bit about Krokbradg. The threading was always the same: 1-2-3-2-1 etc. (There is a 4 shaft version - maybe next time I will explore that).

The advice I could find for treadling had some variations. I was getting confused. I looked at Peter Collingwood's The techniques of Rug Weaving in which there was a short article. His advice was to treadle 12 -23-13. So instead I took the advice I had found on line and treadled 1-2-3.  I mean how would fit be different? The difference is which side has longer floats - so therefore which side would show the pattern.  Peter was right.  How could I have doubted him? The picture on top is how it looks with the 1-2-3- treadling.

This is how it looks treadled Peter's way. I gotta tell you. This is fun. You can use 1, 2 or 3 colors at a time. The pattern is controlled by the order in which you throw the colors. I am having a blast trying to create new patterns. My warp is sett a but tighter than it probably should be - you can see bits of warp. I am hoping that when it is washed, this will disappear.  The yarns are all hand dyed - most with natural dyes. I picked up Walnuts in Jessy's yard for the dark brown, used brazil wood chips that Kristin had sent me for the soft orange color.  A customer friend gave me the chocineal for the red. The blue and gray are left over from past tapestries. Every color in this rug has a bit of history.  And next, it will warm up my daughter's kitchen.

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