Monday, November 4, 2013

Wouldn't you know it... I have every green on the sample card but the one I'm running out of!

Yes, once more I've worked myself into a corner by choosing a color to use with my weft blends that's now down to the last few yards.  Here's my palette of wools--and the green that I'm about to run out of is just out of view at the top of the assortment--

I've emailed to order more of the color and I'll have it by the end of the week.  In the meantime, I've got other areas of the tapestry I can work on.  See much change from the last post?  Probably not too much although there really have been several hours of weaving since then.  Watching a tapestry move forward is sort of like watching grass grow, I guess.

I'm continuing to finish the fiddlehead sample woven earlier in the spring.  I'll be sending it for the American Tapestry Alliance small format show next summer--here's more information about that exhibit.  I still have the mounting tapes to sew to the back, according to the instructions for hanging provided for the exhibit.  

The small format, non-juried show is always one of the most exciting ones offered, in my opinion.  I've entered a piece in every version of the show since the beginning in 1996 in Portland, Oregon.  That one, called It's About Time, was spearheaded by Kathe Todd-Hooker and several other tapestry artists in the Pacific Northwest.  

Several of us from the Southeast saw the 1996 exhibit and wanted to be sure such a wonderful concept for exhibit was continued.  The desire to make that happen played a large role in our forming the regional organization that became Tapestry Weavers South.  Since Convergence was to be in Atlanta in 1998 our fledgling group took on the task of the exhibit.  Encore! was the title we gave the Atlanta version of the show and it truly was an amazing experience--a few people put in lots of hard work and drove many miles several times in the months leading up to it (it was a 1-2 hr. drive to the city for most of us who worked on the show). In the early 2000s, American Tapestry Alliance became a sponsor and has continued to seek volunteers to mount the exhibit in locations of Convergence events (Providence, Rhode Island for 2014).  

I continue to believe in the concept of a non-juried exhibit, limited only by size restrictions (maximum size 10" x 10").  Seeing work by well-know tapestry artists hanging beside the first tapestries efforts of others is always inspiring.


  1. You did a wonderful thing when you gave the push to start this fabulous show idea! Thanks again, Kathe!!

  2. dinaffic 78Tommye, I linked to your post on my blog. (I think I'm supposed to let you know that, according to whatever internet etiquette exists.)

  3. Hey Kathy,
    That's fine -- anytime to any post I have. Thanks for letting me know!

  4. I'm looking forward to watching the new tapestry grow Tommye.