Monday, February 9, 2009

another tapestry enters the world

Yesterday I had the pleasure of snipping a few threads as Martha Bishop cut off her new tapestry. I met Martha when I was at Hambidge for the first stay this past summer. She's a musician and composer who was in residence there at the time. The first night, I admired the beautiful socks she was knitting and we started talking about yarn. At the end of the week, she was at my cutting off party for the fiddlehead tapestry and she was intrigued with the process. She was quite interested in the Brennan looms I had with me. We exchanged e-mails at the end of the week and usually that's that for contact with those who you meet in brief occasions like this.

BUT, not so with Martha! She has indeed become fascinated with tapestry and is eagerly pursuing it on her own. We've had a short tutorial here at my studio a month or so ago, but mostly she's been reading about tapestry from several of the current books (including Nancy Harvey, Carol Russell, Kathe Todd-Hooker and Kristen Glasbrooks). She's built a loom or two, has thoughts about more, and brought this lovely adaptation of a Glasbrooks sampler to the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild open house yesterday so that I could share the cutting off.

I'm always so excited to see others become entranced with tapestry. Making tapestry gives me such pleasure that I'm happy to know that others are experiencing the joy of it, too. Oh, and in the top photo I'm holding a beautiful pair of handknit socks Martha brought me--and have them on my feet right now--thanks, Martha!


  1. That is so cool and so inspiring to see!!

    I'm doing a tiny, beginning sampler from that Glasbrook book and feeling like it will be years before I produce anything nice.....but when I saw her tapestry I loved it! Maybe there's still hope for me!!

    Thanks for the virtual encouragement!


  2. Tommye -- Thanks for the wonderful details (photos and words) about Martha's new tapestry. I was so busy demonstrating the Rigid Heddle loom at the CHG Open House, I completely missed all that excitement! It is good to see what was happening on the other side of the room.

    Elaine from weaving