Posts Tagged ‘Weaving’

Needs vs. Wants

November 9, 2010

When you wake up in the morning, do you make a conscience decision to do only what you want to do and not what you need to do?    With kids grown, seems house stuff is no longer urgent, weeknight and weekend activities centered around school are over (thank goodness!) and with a job that is sporadic,  I (sometimes unfortunately) have come to the point in my life where I do this more often than I should and what needs to be done gets push aside to accommodate the wants.

But, this is good if you have an insatiable urge to create.

So here are my offerings for the last few days…

a little bird done from the watercolour shown in a recent post.

My very first tapestry done in a workshop given by Tommye Scanlin.  I finished the weaving of the tapestry two years ago but I  tacked down and trimmed it this weekend.  I haven’t spent enough time doing tapestry, I haven’t gotten any better than this.


A page from my sketchbook.  I drew the girl and then watercolored her.  This image was done in  photoshop superimposing her colored face onto the line work.  I really liked the  line created with her shoulder, neck and breast.  I can imagine this image in a tapestry, I want to see if I can actually pull that off…

That’s what I call a need…

making fabric…

September 1, 2010

Several years ago I bought a book entitled Glorious Inspiration by Kaffe Fassett.  He wrote it for needlepoint and knitting but I feel some images interpret quite nicely in thread.   This image is taken from a section of Marcello Provenzale’s Landscape with Birds in the Pitti Palace in Florence.  I am really pleased with the texture of the thread.  It looks like old cloth!  Imagine!  Not your typical warp/weft weaving method…

The image size is 6.75″ x 5.5″ and is done in cotton threads over a wash away stabilizer.  All that remains is the cotton thread.

After Thanksgiving Post

December 1, 2009

Last winter I talked my husband into buying me a rigid heddle loom.  Know what I love best about it?  Being able to say “rigid heddle loom”.  I bet 2% of the population have not a clue what a rigid heddle loom is.  If you are one of the 98%, look it up please.  I don’t think I know enough about weaving to explain it properly.  I do know that you can create a scarf with it and you can create one in much less time than it takes to knit or crochet it.  It is fun to watch progress and even more fun when that progress moves quickly.

Busy-ness makes blogging difficult but I did manage to weave this week.  Here is a scarf woven of wool.  Perhaps not the best wool for comfort but I wore it today and was nice and toasty.  I had no model and was force to create one for the photo.  Don’t laugh too much.

…in sheep’s clothing

November 11, 2009

You may be thinking this tapestry is not worthy to speak of… but I am rather pleased with it.  The spacing of the warp is further apart and the surface is smoother.  This piece just feels good.  Literally.  I am so in love with wool, I love how it feels in my hands, I love how it smells.   I think I will be a sheep in my next life, but  maybe wool doesn’t always smell that good on a sheep.  Why is there no neutral gender singular for the word sheep?  I looked it up on the Online Etymology Dictionary and I am no more informed than before. 

Design-wise, it could be better. 


I wish the economy would improve for architects.  I want a tapestry loom.

Second Take

November 8, 2009

My reduction print turned into a tapestry.    I stuggled with keeping the warp vertical.  I think I have the warp too close together for the yarn I am using, and have started another, simpler design in an effort to improve my technique. 

I am calling this piece “Medusa with a Migraine”.  She looks as though she could bite someone’s head off.  I think she just experienced her first hot flash.  I did not set out to create Medusa, she just appeared as I wove.  Don’t look into her eyes….


No photoshop touch up, but you did notice the mat hiding the edges, didn’t you?  There are all kinds of ways to cover up mistakes.


What I have discovered…

October 26, 2009

is that a crow, a rook, a raven, and a jackdaw are all basically crows.  Of those four names for a bird that is powerful, beautiful, and tenacious, only raven can be used as a complimentary term.  Remember the Disney show entitled “Raven” or the lead character’s name was Raven?  Maybe you have to have offspring similar in age to mine to even know of what I refer.  Can you imagine a parent naming their child “Crow”?  What’s in a name?  Why did this bird get a bad reputation?

In honor of the week before Halloween, I was going to treat you to the stanzas of Mr. Poe’s classic “Once upon a midnight dreary…” but in looking thru Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, I found some stanzas of a poem called “The Jackdaw of Rheims” by Richard Harris Barham written in 1840 that was tremendous fun to read.  Here is an except…

“The Cardinal rose with a dignified look,

He called for his candle, his bell, and his book!

            In holy anger, and pious grief,

            He solemnly cursed that rascally thief!

            He cursed him at board, he cursed him in bed,

            From the sole of his foot to the crown of his head!

            He cursed him in sleeping, that every night

            He should dream of the devil, and wake in a fright;

            He cursed him in eating, he cursed him in drinking,

            He cursed him in coughing, in sneezing, in winking;

            He cursed him in sitting, in standing, in lying;

            He cursed him in walking, in riding, in flying;

            He cursed him in living, he cursed him in dying! –

Never was heard such a terrible curse!

            But what gave rise to no little surprise,

Nobody seemed one penny the worse!” 

You can visit here to read the rest of this entertaining poem and to find out just to whom all that cursing was directed.  Also of interest to me are the significance of  bell, book and candle (remember that movie with Jimmy Stewart?  I loved that movie and Bewitched which I always assumed was inspired from it)  and Jem Crow (have to read the whole poem).   Guess I need to do more research.


Here is my finished tapestry of the rook.  I resisted the desire to go into photoshop and straighten the skewed edges so I present it to you flaws and all, my first weaving in several months.  I went into the weaving with a needle and floss to mimic the sketch lines of my original watercolor. 

What I have not discovered is how to “return” on WordPress without inserting a line break.  Any help out there?

Like Daughter, Like Mother

September 16, 2009

While gazing upon the messiness that I call a studio, my mother saw a tapestry I had hanging on my bulletin board.  I guess if I called it a display board, I wouldn’t sound so junior high schoolish, would I?  (Can I write an aside on an aside?  What do you think of whenever you hear someone say “would I”?   “Hare Lip” immediately comes to my mind.  Isn’t that just horrible?!!!  I cannot even remember the stupid joke that goes with that punch line!!!  I so wish I could choose what gets erased from my memory!)

Okay, back to being an adult.

So my mother, Julia Evatt, sees this tapestry and thinks it would be a great pattern for beading.  She photocopies my tapestry and creates this wonderful little beaded necklace of the image I wove.  I strongly requested she give it to me.  And she graciously did.



2.75″x4.5″  glass beads



 4″x5.5″ cotton and wool yarn

Julia may have beaded this but she is better known for her sculptures, paintings and poetry.  I will share some of those later if she will allow it.  She would want me to tell you that her image is wider than she would have liked.  She actually beaded this on a toilet paper roll and in it’s 3 dimensional plane, what she saw and what was the reality were two different things.  Lesson to be learned, always take into account perspective.

I loved the little beaded image and now have to find just the right little black dress to  pair with it!  For more of my tapestry images (and others too!) visit  This is a blog artist, Tommye Scanlin set up for her tapestry students.  I have posted a few images there.   Visit the archives to find them.

Editor’s note:  Please forgive any insensitive remarks made in this post.  They are the direct result of having survived junior high school.