Sunday, April 25, 2010

And Two Became One

No, not a wedding announcement--although maybe it could be thought of that way.  I'm really meaning that the two separate woven cloths from the "Local Industry" part of Anne Wilson's exhibit, Wind/Rewind/Weave were successfully joined together today.  Just a few more details for the ends to be done tomorrow morning and then the cloth, as one whole piece, can be rolled and stored until its public unveiling sometime in the future.

Here's what we did today:

Ray clipped out header on one side while Pat looked on.

Pat picked out header threads from one side, while I did from the other side.  Ray also took part in this step.

We then began to draw the two sides together by pulling the warp ends on one side, then the other side.  You can see the gray meeting the thin black line quite well at the top of the photo.  There's a gap near the bottom that wasn't yet pulled together when I took the photo.  Ray was holding the opposing warps on the underside of the cloth.

Here I'm pulling ends back in the opposite direction, about every 3rd warp.  This will secure the join so that it won't come apart at the junction.

And here's a view of the cloth pulled together without our hands included.  Still more of the warps to be needled in the opposite direction in the morning, ends all snipped... then the two cloths will truly be one!

Since I probably won't be back to Knoxville for awhile I decided to take a few photos around the area of downtown where I've been staying.  First, of course, have to show one of the (now) iconic photos of Knoxville, the Sunsphere, built during the 1982 World's Fair held here...

Then, one of the thirty sculptures on display in town for the next few months in the Art in Public Places exhibit... this one is, as you can see, near the Knoxville Convention Center.  It's called "Sailors Warning" and is of painted steel, 13' high x 5' wide x 5' deep, by Duke Oursler.

And, last but not least... some amazing art in public places in the form of graffiti near Market Square:



  1. That's amazing! Great job!

  2. how incredible, it looks as tho you have used a needle and woven the warp ends down thru the other end, but maybe not. Extraordinary anyway. K.

  3. Jane and I enjoyed our visit with you in Asheville at the Folk Art Center so much Tommye. Having the opportunity to see your tapestries in person was very inspiring for me. Your tapestries are beautiful.
    Thank you for the time spent explaining some of your techniques,
    and I will use them.