Sunday, September 21, 2008

Spring Profusion

I still have a few hours (maybe days?) left for finishing work on this tapestry but have off the loom at last. I photographed it pinned to a panel while still at Hambidge yesterday morning. I looked back at my notes and found that I'd started weaving on the piece in early June, after working to develop the design for a bit over a month. I cut it off, with help from other Hambidge residents, on Friday night, September 19.

All the design struggles I went through to get this piece to the loom I pretty much described here in various places. Several people have mentioned to me that they appreciate my sharing my search for the next tapestry, stumbling along the way as I often do. Bringing thoughts and feelings into visual form isn't easy for me. That others will have different ways to come to the same point is perfectly understandable yet...I can only feel what I feel and do what I do.

As I looked back through the blog, I found that I'd written and shown this piece many, many times over the past three months. Here's just a few of those posts, starting in April when the fiddleheads began showing up in the woods nearby.

My goal for this week is to complete the finishing and to get it to the Blue Ridge Handweaving show. I've learned from someone involved with the show that there will be quite a few tapestry entries this year...great! I love to see tapestry work when and where ever I can.


  1. Gorgeous, Tommye! The color work in this piece is spectacular. Well done, as always!!

  2. Kathy,
    THANKS so much...that means quite a lot from a colorist like you!

  3. Oh, Tommye!!!

    It is so beautiful, it makes my heart ache! I have so enjoyed following your progress as you wove this tapestry. It has been a constant source of inspiration for me during this transitional summer. I am hoping that one day I will have the opportunity to see your tapestries in person!


  4. Hi Lyn,
    Thanks so much for your thoughts. This is turning out to be a transitional time for me, too. Not as profound as you many changes but still giving me some shake up in lots of ways. To have a means to give reflection to those sometimes unsettling happenings keeps me sane, I guess.

  5. Tommye,

    Perfect! Just as I predicted. The motifs and colors complimented each other masterfully.

    I can see that spring day that you described when you took those pictures of those Fiddleheads when I look at this tapestry.

    Can't wait to see the next one! I have enjoyed watching this progression so much.

  6. spschwarz@charter.netSeptember 21, 2008 at 3:22 PM


    That is great. I have loved watching the progress of this tapestry. It is beautiful. Now on to the next one.


  7. I echo otheres. It has been a marvelous progress and a privilege to be witness to it.I do hope you will continue and comment on your finishing process.
    I NEED inspiration!

    Best wishes


  8. I'm going to the Blue Ridge show as i have a very very small piece in it. I really look forward to seeing your tapestry, having followed it from the very beginnings. .

  9. Oh, and the piece is NOT tapestry--it is a piece of crackle weaving. Every once in awhile I get my little tapestry loom out and work a bit, but always, sadly, find that tapestry is not for me. At least not now.

  10. Hi Tommye, congratulations your tapestry looks FANTASTIC! Love the colors and the hatching is just beautiful.
    It is good to be able to work on a piece on the side as you can play with the background more. You have done this so beautifully. Debbie.

  11. dghorowitz@comcast.netSeptember 22, 2008 at 11:51 AM


    The piece is stunning!! Thanks for sharing your creative journey.


  12. I just bask in all of your wonderful comments--thanks so much for taking time to give me some feedback about this piece.