Sunday, December 31, 2017

Out with the Old! In with the New!


Happy, happy New Year to one and all.  I cut off my 2017 tapestry diary earlier today and here it is! 


The warp for my new one is on the loom shown at the right in the photo.  It's ready for me to begin anew tomorrow on another year-long adventure in tapestry, day by day.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 is ending in a few days... and so is my 2017 tapestry diary



I'll be finishing the ninth of the year-long adventures in what I call my tapestry diaries.  My husband happened to catch me and my cat as I finished weaving the day this gray morning (although the sun has now peeked out from behind the clouds).  I'll post the completed and cut off 2017 tapestry diary in a few short days!  Until then... here we are, Tommye Scanlin (in front of the loom) and Raymond Purr (behind the loom)--in case you didn't know who was who:


By the way, I recently wrote a post about my tapestry diary practice for my Tapestry Share blog.  Here's the link to that.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Handwork



The Merriam-Webster online dictionary has this to say about handwork.

I have the following:


I had hand surgery on December 12 to correct a trigger finger that has been giving me lots of problems when doing handwork.

For the next couple of days, my handwork with tapestry moved along a bit slowly...


The dressing was taken off on December 15 and the incision covered with a large bandaid.  I've had very little pains, a bit of slight bruising around my ring finger, the one the surgery has repaired.


Stitches will come out next week and I'll be back to full-speed ahead with my handwork (I hope!)


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hambidge Once Again (briefly)








To add to my last post about gratitude, I'll mention my recent time at the Hambidge Center.  I'm grateful to be a Fellow of the Center and to have had residencies there through the years, beginning with my first stay in 1994.  Earlier this fall an opportunity arose to be a fill-in for someone who wasn't able to take a scheduled stay and I jumped at the chance.

The only problem was, as I realized after confirming my stay, the dates overlapped not only Thanksgiving and my birthday a couple of days later, but also an event in town that we were committed to working for!

My solution was to go to Hambidge for a curtailed time and try to squeeze as much work into the opportunity as I could at the beginning and the end of the two weeks.

Here was my studio space on my first night there--a blank slate to begin within:


I wanted to continue my writing project, but also to work on a weaving I've had underway for about a month.  And I wanted to paint a bit each day. 

The weather was glorious for the few days I was there... the bright blue sky of November 27 was as clear and intense as I've ever seen:





I didn't walk as much as I usually do but did get one quick hike in to pass by the stone foundation in the woods:




I loved the contrast of colors in the dried mosses, the stones and the sawbriar leaf.


Almost every day while there I found something from outside to use for a painted study.  I used 140 lb. watercolor paper as the surface and drew first with pencil, then added some color with watercolor pencil, and finished it with watercolor and a little gouache.  Observations like this help me appreciate the details of the world--not that I'll ever plan to make tapestries from these studies.  But I might!



Only three of these were from Hambidge studies--the hickory at the left was from Lillian Smith Center earlier in the fall.  


 Most of my days' time was spent in reading, revising, writing.  All in all, even though my stay was brief, I feel good about the work I was able to do.  Sometimes I really need the away time to chart my path ahead... this was one of those times.