Sunday, July 27, 2014

Back to stacking the stones after Convergence and ATA workshop

My tapestry weaving time has been short this summer.  Trips to New Jersey to teach at Peters Valley and then to Providence, RI for Convergence and the American Tapestry Alliance retreat & workshop have occupied many of my days since June.   I've thoroughly enjoyed each adventure along the way.  Rest and recovery time following the experiences are needed, though!

Now that I'm back in the studio I've gotten to work on the stones again.  I still have the goal of finishing it by mid-September and I'm a few inches above the half-way point.  I can do it--I can, I can!

I'll post photos and comments about the ATA workshop soon.  For now, here's where the stones are as I leave the studio tonight:




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The stones again


Yes, it's hard to notice the progress on this tapestry.  It is for me, too.  But there's some.  Each day I weave a few passes, sometimes several inches.

Here's the loom with a few of the baskets that hold the many, many blends of color I'm using in the piece.  Sure, the color is neutral.  But so much choice to make in those neutral blends... am I going to use cool gray here, or warm gray.  Do I need dull orange there?  This dark area--that needs to be dark, dark blue combined with a very dark gray.  Sometimes it's harder for me to make subtle choices than the bright ones.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Stones tapestry is at the half-way point


I've been able to weave several hours each day since last week.  The added time is adding inches to the stones tapestry.  I've reached the half-way point and am I glad about that.  My goal is to complete this tapestry before the end of the summer because I'd like to have it ready for the Tapestry Weavers South exhibit that's to take place during October at the University of North Georgia.  Once I've finished with the weaving itself that will be followed by a few days of final finishing work, like trimming ends and preparing the piece for hanging.  I hope to be able to cut it from the loom by, hmmm... maybe early September?  Onward and upward!




Saturday, June 28, 2014

Home again! What a color trip!!



I arrived home from New Jersey and my wonderful time at Peters Valley on Wednesday, June 25.  It's taken me a couple of days of playing catch up with real life here at home but I'm finally posting some photos.  Actually, I'm going to do this as a Picasa slide show since there are so many things I'd love to share from the experience there.  So much more could be said about the experience than the brief captions.  But that's all I can post about it now.

Peters Valley "For the Love of Color"

The Peters Valley class was my last teaching gig for the 2014 but I've already had some discussion with Jen, the Education Coordinator at PV, about going back in the future... maybe 2016?  My next classes for 2015 are listed in the sidebar at the left--John Campbell Folk School, Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Conference, and Arrowmont.

Here in the studio the stones are demanding my attention again.  I've been able to weave on the much neglected tapestry for awhile each day since my return.  I'd hoped to be able to finish it by mid-summer but it appears that's not going to happen.  So much to do, so little time!

Now... back to the loom.

And... now, posting this addition later in the day--here's where I've gotten to on the stones: