It's still on the loom but I rotated the photo to the direction I intend for it to hang. I'm leaving it on the loom for now because I'm going to use more of the warp... more feathers are coming up next, only they'll be smaller since there's not a lot of warp remaining. I'll continue this exploration of soumak and also use this neutral color background. The weft is a silk/linen blend and is sort of nubbly. I'm using it three fold. There is 20/2 worsted in the middle feather and also in and the black one, and some of the soumak lines use a 10/2 mercerized cotton.
Here's just the black feather and these soumak lines are in the mercerized cotton.
Often I'm asked, "How long did it take you to weave that?" And most of the time I have to estimate the weaving time... on this one, however, I know that it has been on the loom for fourteen days and that during that time I've been gone for eight days. I've woven on the piece each of the days I've been here, even if only a few minutes on a couple of those days. So... that's six days of weaving on this piece that's 12" h x 8" w, 10 epi, an average of four hours each day--that would be about 24 hours of weaving time. Of course, the design is quite simple so I could weave more quickly than if it had more complex shapes.
I don't really think about time it will take to complete when I start a piece... but, like I said, I'm often asked about the time involved. Of course, putting weft into warp doesn't account for the time I spent doing the feather drawings originally (an hour or so each) or the time spent looking at them and deciding how to arrange them in the tracing from which I wove. Then there are all those years of drawing classes and the workshops in tapestry weaving... how do all of those factor into the time I spent weaving this little tapestry?!