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January 24, 2020

the snow has gone, now we have endless days of rain

the ducks love it

especially when they are fed quality bird seed

I was afraid they were going to follow me home

the creek is running high

the tapestry is finished, washed, steamed and blocked

there are so many things I am not happy about

this is the largest tapestry piece I’ve woven – 9″ x 9″

problems grow exponentially – well, now I’m aware of that!

handspun yarn adds to the challenge, although I am committed to using it

and see how the horizontal bands narrowed in the sections?

yikes – weave and learn

title – “Flight of the Bumble Bee”

tidying up is an opportunity to re-organize all the handspun used in tapestry weaving

it is organized in colour similarities, mostly natural dyes, there are endless shades and fibres

more than I can ever use but still I continue to spin

wool, silk, cotton, alpaca and blends

while out for dinner at my favorite Greek restaurant I noticed new textile panels on the wall

think they are meant to prevent chairs damaging the wall

rag weaving

I’ll have to weave it but not sure what to use it for

when I explained to the young waiter why I was taking a picture he laughed and said

” that’s o.k, my Mom is a knitter, I understand”

I guess fibre people have a reputation to maintain!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    January 27, 2020 3:45 am

    I don’t think I have ever made anything I have been totally satisfied with. No stitching or spinning or whatever which is done by hand is ever perfectly even. For me it is the learning, experimenting, would it be better if I… that makes craft so much fun. Your tapestry is beautiful just as it is. And in the next one you will learn from the process of making this one. And you can try rag weaving too!


    • January 27, 2020 10:33 am

      Sue – I recovered from being a perfectionist years ago. Partly, I think, because of my love for ethnic textiles. What is “perfect”, who decides, compared to what?? Over the years I have made many pieces that give me total satisfaction. Making for me is all about learning and I’m always looking for new adventures. I’ve woven yards of rag weaving, bags, cushions, clothing and of course rugs. It is the new, to me, weave structure that is interesting.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        January 28, 2020 3:09 am

        Ahh! Sorry!


      • January 28, 2020 8:52 am

        Sue – no need to be sorry, in fact your comment really made me think about how each of us, individually, view our own work and what the inspirations are that keep us doing the work. We all need to discuss this more, it could be helpful, it seems that most of us judge ourselves harshly. Maybe there would be greater pleasure in making if we gave ourselves a pat on the back and said “well done”. I appreciated your comment and hope you continue to comment.


      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        February 1, 2020 9:51 am

        I certainly will!


      • February 1, 2020 10:08 am

        Sue 🙂


  2. January 25, 2020 1:17 am

    I like your bee panel, the trailing ribbon is especially nice. And I’d have jumped on those panels in the restaurant too. It’s not just fibre people, it’s textile people!


    • January 25, 2020 8:56 am

      Kate – the restaurant is small, crowded, family run and always busy – grandma cooks the specials! I forgot to ask (next time) but perhaps she also did the weaving. Think I’ll try weaving more ribbons.

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  3. January 24, 2020 3:09 pm

    Crow is waiting for leftovers!


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