Friday, December 13, 2013

New start

And it isn't even the new year yet! 2013 was a transitional year - selling Woven Art, followed by working on establishing myself as a teacher/artist. I am VERY busy, making art, making plans. And it feels great.

I have lots of news, but I think I will save it for a New Year's post. In the meantime, I have the very beginnings of a new tapestry to show.

What you see here, from the bottom up:
1. Fat Blue roving for packing.
2. White trash bags for packing.
3. a row of double half hitches to secure the warp threads
4. 1.5 inches of hem. There is a bit of a design there - but you won't see it when this tapestry is finished. Traditionally a hem will be woven in one solid color. I had these yarns on bobbins, and decided to use lazy lines for my hem. You can see where they are because of the color changes. Lazy lines are usually used in large color areas, when the artist wants to maintain multiple bobbins covered the area. If you were to weave a large area with just one bobbin, it is more likely that you will get more pull in. That is not normally a problem in the beginning hem - as part of the hem's job is to establish the weaving width. On the other hand - it was one more chance to play. Anyone who wants to look at the back side will get a surprise!
5. That orange line at the very top is a line of sumak - it makes a nice definition for the turning edge.

The foundation of a tapestry is very important. The warp threads must be evenly spaced, and perfectly tensioned. The packing materials, hem and sumack, if you choose to use it, provides a sturdy and even base for the tapestry itself. A sloppy foundation will make for a sloppy looking tapestry. Experience tells me that small problems grow and multiply over the course of a project. This is a good place to invest some time and fuss.

I am trying to show you a picture of a rug that is still on the loom - this is a krokbragd rug, and it is so much fun to weave. Like my tapestry, I do not have a particular design in mind. I have the weave structure set, and the treading pattern is unchanging - the only thing that changes is the order in which I throw the colors. Even with so few variables, I am finding the possibilities to be endless.

Just in case I don't post again this year, here is wishing you a satisfying end to this year, and a year of endless possibilities in 2014.