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July 12, 2020

too many projects on the go – it is a relief to near the finish line

wedge weave, fringeless tapestry – it still needs a title

started in April – woven with handspun wool and silk, all natural dyes

it measures  9″ x  11″

getting a little larger each time but now it is off the loom it looks so small

it is my way of working through our present circumstances

Spring flowers, walks in the park and always remaining separate

seemingly endless – reaching up to a stormy sky

(if you click on the picture you can see the flash of lightening)

and of course, there are all the loose ends to tidy up

the Romney wool was a pleasure to spin, finger teased open and spun on a Turkish spindle

plyed on a wheel and a test dip in the indigo – now the finished skeins can go in the vat as well

purple hollyhocks are blooming, they dye a pale mauve/grey, I’m freezing them as the blooms drop

the pink ones don’t give much colour

as they self seed the purple revert back to pink – (I never planted pinks ones) – nature is such a mystery

the yellow yarrow will dye a bright yellow

you can just see the pink yarrow peaking through in the front, it doesn’t give much colour either

I’m going to warp a table loom for granddaughter and ordered silk from Sanjo Silk

and some silk hankies to spin, they have been mordanted in alum and are ready for the dye pot

included was a little present of cricula cocoons

with the message “something to tickle your creativity while you’re isolating…”

they shine like gold in the sun

what to do first?

wind the warp or some dips in the indigo?

all the while thinking about the next tapestry

framed! – he jumped over the neighbor’s picket fence and headed my way

and I chased him down the street – in my pj’s

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    July 13, 2020 7:11 am

    The tapestry is lovely. I know what you mean about too many projects n the go at once! I am trying to finish things off and clear the decks before starting anything new.


  2. July 12, 2020 2:38 pm

    I chased a deer down my street in my PJ’s this morning too! The wretched beast…I think your Tapestry looks like a Sky River…


    • July 12, 2020 3:16 pm

      Kjerstin – good thing you live down the hill, the neighbors might call the cops if both of us were running down the street in our pj’s. I like that name, do you mind if I use it?


  3. July 12, 2020 2:27 pm

    Love that new tapestry. I have trouble coming up with names/titles for the quilts I make. At least I’m in good company!


    • July 12, 2020 3:14 pm

      Sue – thank you, I have to live with it for awhile before the name comes, but sometimes a reader comes up with a good title – I really like Kjerstin’s “Sky River”


  4. July 12, 2020 1:36 pm

    Looks very pretty and all too easy to be working on lots at once.


  5. July 12, 2020 1:33 pm

    Those cocoons are spectacular! Can you open one out in segments like a starfish and capture it in the threads of a woven piece, or does that make things much too complicated? It just made me think of a golden spider’s web…


    • July 12, 2020 1:54 pm

      Kate – the cocoons are very different than the usually ones, the are not whole little spheres, they are already one layer and apparently if I soak them they can be pressed flat. I might try stitching them onto something. They are very strong and stiff.


  6. Li Ann t permalink
    July 12, 2020 1:15 pm

    Wonderful! Art, lovely flowers and that beautiful creature! Thanks for sharing.


    • July 12, 2020 1:59 pm

      Li Ann – thank you. That “beautiful creature” is roaming around just one block from a busy city intersection eating everybody’s vegetables and flowers. And there is a little gang of three more that visit regularly, all male. I think the ladies have given them the boot!


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