Saturday, November 28, 2009
I cut off the small tapestry of the trees and waterfall a short while ago. I'll let it rest overnight (or is that I'll let myself rest overnight?)--anyway, some resting will take place before the next steps of the finishing process. Here's the small tapestry ... raw from the loom:
This will be mounted onto a natural color handwoven twill fabric that I'll stretch over a board; I'll cut the board to be slightly larger than the tapestry to leave have about 1/2" on all four sides or whatever amount will allow me to use a frame I have on hand. I haven't measured what I've got yet but I think I have an 8 x 10" shadowbox frame and that would work just fine for this piece.
Before stitching the tapestry on the fabric covered board I'll use a half-Damascus edge to complete the end finish. That will take the warp ends to the back of the piece. I might block the tapestry before doing the ends; I'll decide on that tomorrow after seeing how it looks after relaxing for the night.
This piece was woven at the end of a warp threaded on the Tissart loom--I'd mentioned that before but thought I'd show the loom with the several smaller weavings that are happening side by side. Cutting this one out has left a gaping hole but there's several inches of weave-able warp remaining.
I'll tie it back onto the cloth beam bar, by lashing on like I did for this part, once I've woven the other sections up to that point and cut them off.
I don't always have enough warp remaining on a wider piece to use for smaller things but when I do I try to squeeze as much out of the loom as I can.
Posted by Tommye McClure Scanlin at 2:27 PM