Sunday, November 4, 2012

Day Three of Tapestry with Tommye

I tried to write this last night, after the third day of tapestry weaving, but I was exhausted!  We all shared similar stories, even Tommye.  We were all exhausted but happy.
Barbara's log cabin
  The third day, we left our samplers behind and made our own designs.  Barbara made a log cabin; Cindy made a row of houses a la Charleston; Shirley wove an abstract design in bright and soft colors; Sally made a beautiful ocean with fish.
  I drew a few designs, some with a leaf, some with a few leaves, but what I really wanted to weave was a sunflower.  I asked Tommye if she thought it was too complicated and she said no, showing where I should build up first before adding features.  I started tentatively at first, then took off.  The petals just kind of revealed themselves.
  When I got to the seeds in the center, it was not so easy.  I knew I wanted to do "pick and pick" but when I started, the mechanics stopped me.  I could do it easily across full rows, as I did in my sampler, but in a circle, the whole thing changes.  Where to start?  Where to change colors?  Tommye had me change one of my color blends, since it wasn't enough contrast, and then slowly led me through the first inch.  It started to make sense, and I quickly made it to the top of my drawing.  With two hours to go, Tommye said I could probably finish the circle and make the tapestry larger, so I kept on.
  One thing I didn't expect about tapestry was how sore it makes one's neck!  By the time I got to putting in the petals around the seeds, my neck was so sore!  When I put the green background in, I started going in the wrong direction with some of the other colors, and I just didn't care!  I wanted that sucker done!  If I'd been at home, it would have been stopping time, to finish another day, but we didn't have the choice!  So It's kind of a mess, kindly concealed now with its row of half hitches.
Cindy's tapestries
But I'm hooked!  I am already thinking about where I could reassemble my Navajo loom and start a new warp before I forget all the lessons I've learned.

Cindy weaving

Barbara at work
Sally's fish!

Shirley cutting off

Friday, November 2, 2012

Tapestry Class, Day Two

 On our second day with Tommye Scanlin, we learned to incorporate a third color into our sampler.  Tommye reviewed everything from yesterday, then showed us how to place that third color.  We were intimidated, and most of us carried on with our angles and hatching to avoid the color change!

I looked at some colors to add, and at first, chose this pink.  Then, I wound it up with two other pinks, one darker and one lighter.  But when I laid them in, I didn't like them.  I went with a brick red that I liked a lot better.  I love hatching, so I tried two different directions on either side of the red.

She showed us "pick & pick," which I incorporated next, after a little more angle practice.  The photo below shows where I left it today.  We spent the last half hour discussing tomorrow's lesson, a self-designed tapestry, made on the warp you see on the right of my sampler.  I'm thinking flower petals, woven sideways, using much warmer colors than today.  But we'll see what happens, won't we?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tapestry Class, Day One

 Today was the first day of a class with Tommye Scanlin at the Appalachian Arts Craft Center.  It was really a sub-group of the Tuesday Weavers, plus Sally from the Clinch Valley Weavers.  Barbara, Shirley, Cindy and I joined Sally in learning from one of the best tapestry weavers around.  Tommye was patient and thorough, and we learned a lot on our first day.

We each had a small copper loom to work on, and first order of the day was to warp them.  That took most of the morning, but we all managed it.

 Stupid phone doesn't take very good photos, but it's what I had today.  Aren't the colors beautiful?
  We each chose two contrasting colors, though some chose a few to blend.  We wove all afternoon, and the time flew.

 This is where I left it.  I can't wait to get back to it tomorrow!