Saturday, June 11, 2011
My days are filled with weaving. Still in creative doldrums but have decided to use this time in a fractured way by having several tapestry things underway. In the last post I mentioned the quilt design tapestry and it continues to grow, piece by piece (do you think a pun is implied there--or does one "imply" a pun)... anyway, here's where it stands today:
The tapestry diary is continuing each day with a shape and its color and background color selected by a roll of a die. Six colors and shapes are assigned to each spot of the die. The background is black, gray or white, with a roll of 1 or 3 being black, 2 or 4 as gray, and 5 & 6, white. This is a simplified variation of something Archie Brennan mentioned in the recent workshop where he used a deck of cards to determine shapes and colors for a tapestry. Here's what it looks like on June 11:
Then there are the four selvedge weavings... I just finished the eighth one today and it's now washed, pressed and pinned down to dry. Today I realized I could probably use the 100% Spelsau wool as the warp rather than the 12/6 cotton seine twine. I was hoped it would be strong enough for the tapestry warp, especially for the small sizes I'm doing right now. So I tried it and it held up just fine during the weaving. I think the loops at the top and bottom will become more invisible--at least that's what I'm thinking will happen. I'll know more about that tomorrow when the piece is dry.
I still learn more each day about warping with this method. Susan also has an alternative finish noted at the website and I'll give it a try, maybe tomorrow. At this point, though, I feel comfortable to have this as my primary goal during the next two weeks of residency at Lillian Smith Center--weavings daily with inspiration drawn from the property at the Center.
Posted by Tommye McClure Scanlin at 4:27 PM