Saturday, May 10, 2014

Back to the loom

Yesterday was a day out to enjoy Gibbs Gardens, for the first time, and to the High Museum for a premier of a new film about Howard Finster.

Today I'm weaving  As I started to leave the studio for the day I noticed the way the yarns look as they hang down on the bobbins, laying over the areas already woven.

I'm continually amazed at how the individual colors can be selected and blended to create something beyond those individual parts... different yet related.

When I start a tapestry I lay out the possible colors near the loom.  Most always the sett of warp allows me to group several weft strands and I usually mix a blend of colors in each weft bundle rather than using an individual color for the grouping.

The individual colors of the yarns still show up on the bobbin as you can see in these, but when woven the singular parts take on a unity that continues to surprise and delight me.  Selecting of colors for the blends is a constant challenge throughout the life of the making of each tapestry, at least it is for me.  It's one more aspect of weaving tapestry that causes me to be constantly engaged with the process.


  1. I'm really enjoying watching these stones grow. It's almost as if I could reach out and touch the rough textures of each one. Love it!

  2. The texture you are able to picture in this tapestry is wonderful. It really looks like a rock wall behind your bobbins. I had to look twice. Thank you for sharing your methodology for color mixing...always a challenge for me.