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progressing at a snail’s pace

December 1, 2017

November broke records for rain – and dark, gloomy days

December’s pages are already started

I need to get on with baking real gingerbread cookies

getting started on the tapestry workshop is taking all my time and attention

this is my little loom – 12″ x 8.5″ – 8 epi

on the left side at the bottom is a screw to adjust tension

the warp is 3.25″  – 2/8 cotton cable cord

the first weft is 12/2 Merino, commercial weaving yarn

even when used tripled it doesn’t work

according to my new tapestry vocabulary when the warp shows through the weft

it is called “lice”

and I definitely don’t want any lice!

then I tried doubling the warp threads which gives 16 epi

 that is crazy and would take months to finish one little sample

look at the lovely little tapestry bobbins I found hiding in a drawer

sometimes it pays to be a pack rat!

so back to 8 epi using handspun for weft

of course not every skein of handspun is exactly the same weight

but I think it is manageable, with careful beating I can vanquish the lice

so my tapestries will be a little bit rustic

meanwhile there is another sample warp on the loom

and stitching on the boro piece progresses slowly


8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2017 12:46 pm

    There must be something in the air as you are the 3 Rd weaver I know going into tapestry.
    That checkered warp is grand!


    • December 8, 2017 1:52 pm

      Neki – I’ve done some tapestry long ago, this is a good monthly project for the new year. I’ll only do small ones, something I can hold in my lap in the evenings and I have cupboards full of handspun. It is, after all, still weaving.


  2. Louisa permalink
    December 2, 2017 10:14 am

    Lots more than one small stitch going on there! You’ve got to do something exciting while the rain beats down on the roof, right?


    • December 2, 2017 10:31 am

      Louisa – there definitely are a few hundred small stitches! Life on the wet coast, at least it’s not snow!!


  3. vdbolyard permalink
    December 2, 2017 9:00 am

    jean, you are brave to be taking a class during the holidays! speaking of, your blog is definitely snowing. i wish it was snowing here today. sigh.


    • December 2, 2017 9:11 am

      Velma – the class is self directed, I had planned to perhaps start it in the new year but when Rebecca offered 25% off for one day I jumped at it. I won’t get really serious until January. It is snowing everywhere in WordPress world, actually there is never ending rain here,


  4. December 2, 2017 4:52 am

    Lots of variety in your making–no excuse to ever be bored. The first weaving workshop I took was tapestry–it was very free and no-holds-barred, and liberating!


    • December 2, 2017 9:17 am

      Kerry – this is very traditional tapestry, Rebecca does remarkable work. I have never taken a workshop where the course is so thoroughly thought out and every aspect of the material taught in a simple way. It is a pleasure.


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