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December 17, 2018

for the last three years I’ve challenged myself to a monthly project

2018 was a small tapestry each month

I started by weaving plain weave linen fabric to cover a frame

this is all twelve months

starting with January on the left

with a pile of eight extras above it

the self-portrait in the center is December’s

the girl on the right was taken from a black and white photo of me at five years old

woven in April for my 75th birthday

it was an intense learning experience

each one is labelled with a title and the date – getting forgetful

this is the largest one – 6 1/2″ x 7″  ( 16.5 cm x 17.5 cm.)

handspun wool and silk

I did some stitching on it

that was fun – look for more stitching on tapestry

she has crystal earrings

I really liked weaving the border

the background was woven in smaller sections creating “lazy lines”

which I think helped prevent draw-in and kept the edges straight

a self-inflicted challenge can be stressful at times

BUT it is an amazing, concentrated learning tool

what’s next for 2019??

you’ll have to wait and see

before Canadian postal workers went on strike (they’re back now)

I ordered a tapestry book from Britian

I thought it was lost in the bottom of a mail bag forever – but today it arrived

Tapestry Weaving by Kirsten Glasbrook

a Christmas present to myself

12 Comments leave one →
  1. dezertsuz permalink
    December 18, 2018 5:30 pm

    That’s wonderful! You are an inspiration to me. The weavings look great, and I love that you gave yourself just what you wanted for Christmas. At my house, it’s the only way I’m going to get anything close to it. LOL


    • December 18, 2018 5:59 pm

      Suz- thank you, it is very satisfying to learn new skills. The book will lead to new adventures.


  2. vdbolyard permalink
    December 18, 2018 4:35 pm

    absolutely wonderful to see the riches, er, tapestries of this most productive of years! really wonderful and inspiring, jean.


  3. December 18, 2018 4:12 am

    You really dedicated yourself to this tapestry endeavor–it must be very satisfying to look back over the year’s projects and see the progress you’ve made. I’ve enjoyed all your yearly challenges and I’ll look forward to the 2019 version!


    • December 18, 2018 8:21 am

      Kerry – I’m trying to find interesting ways to use the little tapestries, to keep me interested it’s important to add new skills and techniques, I love a challenge.


  4. Louisa permalink
    December 17, 2018 8:08 pm

    All you need to portray is the essence of you! I think you’ve got it perfectly. Looking forward to next year’s adventures.


  5. December 17, 2018 5:27 pm

    I think it looks just like you! What a great project, I bet you feel like you learned a lot, thank you for sharing the process with us!


    • December 17, 2018 6:46 pm

      Kjerstin – thank you, it’s hard to be objective. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned in the year.


  6. December 17, 2018 4:33 pm

    What a brilliant idea, and I love the portrait with embroidery and the pretty earrings.


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