Saturday, March 1, 2014
... as in hard as stones. For me, this is true. Even if the subject I'm hoping to use for the next tapestry is stones. I always have a hard time beginning some tapestries. I stew, I ruminate, I delay, I doubt, I... I... I. It's all about me. But, it's not that, really. It's all about my ability to carry out what I hope to with a tapestry image.
When weaving tapestry one sits with an image for months at a time. The ideas involved in the initial forming of the image are usually growing and deepening as the image builds at the loom. I know this yet I forget this each and every time I'm about to begin a new tapestry.
My loom is warped. I've taken weeks to get the warp ready to put weft into it. Some days I've simply looked at the loom when I'm at the studio. Several days I've ignored the loom and worked to organize stuff on shelves in another room. Other days I've done bits and pieces of the preparation stages (tying onto the rod at the bottom; weaving in scrap yarn to spread out the warp bouts; twining across to help set the sett; weaving in header of the same seine twine as used for the warp to even out the spacing even better; putting half-hitches across to secure the bottom; getting wefts off the shelf and sorting into color groups; ordering more yarn; getting the cartoon finalized....)
I'm ready now. Almost. Maybe today I'll put the first weft of this particular tapestry journey into place.
"Begin at the beginning... and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
Posted by Tommye McClure Scanlin at 8:52 AM