It also began my weaving journey, though it got off to a very slow start. That was the first time I'd pictured myself as a weaver. It wasn't for ten more years that I got my first loom, a Harrisville 22 inch on loan from my mother, and it was another year before I got my first tapestry loom. The class with Tommye, the gift of LouElla from Bonnie, and my dream is still evolving. I didn't know I'd fall in love with floor loom weaving, and couldn't have ever imagined the community I've become part of at the Center. But I knew I'd be happy weaving.
Life has taken a sharp turn, with me checking my seat belt and bracing for the airbags, but this weekend, I found haven and therapy in making my own box of crayons for my first tapestry on LouElla. I had 13 skeins of single ply yarn, from a donation to the Center several years ago, and I ordered 6 more from Weaving Southwest. I bought some acid dyes from Dharma trading, and read their on-line directions many times. I suited up to protect myself from the poisonous nature of what I was about to do, and I dove in.
I scoured all the yarn in Syntrapol. I carefully measured the dyes, starting with "True Yellow." Whoa! Is it ever! It looks like French's mustard!
"Fire Engine Red" was next, a deep, blackened red that looks like a good bowl of chili.
After I did one skein of "Midnight Blue," I started mixing it up a little. It was a little too little, though, and I ended up with a lot of red that each looked a little like its predecessor. I did manage to get one orange I like, so I started on green. I have three skeins of very similar olive green from those experiments, so I think it's the blue that's the culprit, too blackened to make a true green with the yellow.
The purples came out beautifully, and I like the "brown" I tried to make, even though it came out more rusty red. I ran out of yarn before I ran out of ideas, but I think I will pause here to see what I can create in a tapestry. It's 19 skeins of yarn, all about 4 ounces each, so that should keep me busy for a little while. The colors will dictate the design, so be prepared for a fiery image!
|My own box of crayons|