Well, 2015 is well underway and so is my tapestry diary for the year. Seventh year of this daily obsession! I'm changing approach a bit this year. I'm still marking each day that I'm home by weaving an individual bit. But for this year I've decided to do something each week, as well.
I make a lot of drawings and painted studies of things I'm considering for tapestry. Most of the time those don't make it into anything other than a portfolio for storage. I'd made several small drawings and paintings when I was at Hambidge in the fall and as my idea about something weekly began to develop I looked through those. I noticed that I had several variations of individual oak leaves that might be useful for starting the weekly approach. I used Photoshop to crop out the leaves from the larger sheets on which they were done and sized them to not larger than 6" in the longest direction.
Here's what the diary looks like today, January 10. The first oak leaf was finished up at the end of the first week; there are squares and bands of color that indicate the days that have passed. I'm beginning the second leaf and will finish it by the end of week 2 of January.
|Just a few of the containers of wefts from the past!|
And if you out there--you know who you are--have ever considered doing a "tapestry diary"--I say, DO IT! Even if only for a week. Having the daily challenge is enlivening, weaving just a small amount for which you don't particularly have a plan. And yet you remember that only you are making the rules. And you can always say to yourself, "I'll do this today, or not. And whichever I do, it's OK!"