Monday, August 8, 2011

Quilt tapestry came off the loom today--about two months in process

I was down to the last few inches of one of the wefts being used in the upper background area as I completed the last few passes today!  Two empty cones that once held the natural color I was using, blended with a tan and bright white,  sit on my weaving bench along with some of the remaining weft on a bobbin:

Cutting off was done this afternoon with a little help from a friend who happened by:

I offered Alice the scissors and she made the first cuts.  Then I took over, snipped while Alice snapped away!

There's lots to still be done, of course... weft ends to trim, ends to finish (I'll be using half-Damascus edge at both top and bottom), washing and/or pressing, soft side of velcro to be stitched to the back and hook side attached to a  wooden bar... days more of work before the piece is ready to show.  This will be one of the tapestries for an upcoming exhibit in the fall; I still hope to complete another new piece before the due date for hanging the exhibit.  

Here's the piece laid out on a sheet on the floor of the studio:  

I kind of like it so far--but will have to wait until all the finishing process is completed before I can begin to really decide about it.  At least it accomplishes something I've wanted to do for a long time, to use the earlier batik design as basis for a tapestry.   While I've been weaving on the piece and having the quilt hanging nearby for color inspiration I've begun to think more about using the quilt as a source for other tapestry designs.  Some of what I was thinking about as I began this piece (and wrote about in the blog then) has begun to happen, as well.  Maybe much more will come from this.


  1. Congratulations on completing this so quickly! I really like the lazy lines. It is all so 'fiber-ly'! Fiber about fiber. Love it.

  2. This is such a beautiful piece!!! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Congratulations. It is beautiful, I am with Kathy on the love the Fiber about fiber comment.

  4. Tommye

    Love the tapestry

    S Fishman

  5. Tommye

    Love the new tapestry

    sandra f

  6. wonderful! congratulations for the New Baby!

  7. It was an honor and a privilege to "lay hands" on such a beautiful and poignant work, Tommye.

  8. Congratulations for finishing this nice tapestry! I love the idea, the way you presented it and especially the colours!
    Thanks for sharing! Vera & Karley