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May 8, 2018

weaving small tapestries is an endless journey of exploration

learning the technical aspects is simply a matter of practice and sampling

but – and that’s a big but

designing for tapestry is a whole different weaving game

and I’m finding it very difficult and frustrating

it is similar to writing haiku

you need to reduce the idea/image to its’ essence

every individual has a unique filter through which we view and experience the world

through our art we reveal our true selves

tree – leaf

bird – feather

season – a symbolic flower

you learn about yourself – what matters most

this was my first rough sketch

and the finished piece – tapestry for May

started by using the yarns dyed in a mushroom dyeing workshop

they are the bottom half

but the yarns were a much different weight

the two yellows at the bottom are dyed in the mushroom exhaust bath, which I brought home

they were woven in with the thicker yarns

it worked well with only a slightly raised texture

I learned to blend colours using two different 2 ply handspun yarns in the moon and parts of the sky

and again, I’m left asking myself “what’s next”?


8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 9, 2018 4:06 am

    It’s really fun to watch your progress with the small tapestries. I love them.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    May 9, 2018 2:35 am

    jean, these are lovely things, and you’ve learned so much. i would love to sit with them a while, touching and learning myself.


  3. Louisa permalink
    May 8, 2018 9:03 pm

    Cannot do it myself but I love your wee tapestries! And lily of the valley always reminds me of my mom. I can smell it from here!


    • May 8, 2018 11:08 pm

      Louisa – and I can’t sew like you, my mom always said it would be a strange world if we were all the same – and pansies remind me of her.


  4. randi j winters permalink
    May 8, 2018 11:02 am

    I love your little tapestry and distilling an image to its essence…I find your weaving journey inspirational for my own path and learning my own way of weaving, thanks for “one small stitch”


    • May 8, 2018 12:20 pm

      Randi – thank you,we all struggle with inspiration at times. If my small offerings help in any way it makes my journey a happier one.


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