Saturday, June 13, 2009

Birth of a Tapestry

I came to the last intended wedge and thought I don't have enough purple yarn. I looked back at a color blending sampler I had made and considered tearing it apart. I did take one square of purple of out it and began to weave that last wedge. I only made it a 1/3 of the way across. "There's not enough," I thought. So I decided to look for the "happy mistake" and see how I could creatively get out of this. I ended up blending the purple with red. It would technically be the next block in the color pattern if I had chosen 4 colors.

I put it in and thought of Sue from Life Looms Large where she painted her sun room and was "deeply uncertain". She waited a week to see how she felt. An article in the latest Tapestry Weavers South newsletter talked of a group's visit to Sylvia Heyden's recently where Sylvia said if there is something not right in the tapestry it is likely that the color value is not correct. She also only uses 3 hues in a piece. I gave it 4 days and was still not settled, so I took the purple/red out and tore apart that color sampler harvesting all the purple I could get. It worked and I have exactly 2 feet of purple left. With no more purple, it seemed time for me to finish it off.

My first tapestry teacher always makes a special deal over taking a tapestry from the loom. I believe she even called it a birth. So here we have the birth of the wedge weave...

I'm still fascinated with the light shining behind it....
I also enjoy how the warp snakes back and forth to make the undulating edges.
So now we'll let it rest and I'll likely work on the back since I still have all the ends to work with. Then of course is how do I want to display it. Hmmm, the possibilities!


KaiteM. said...

hurrah, it's off the loom and looking good. I find it sad in one way, as well as the sense of accomplishment. It looks lovely in front of the window, maybe that's how you will eventually hang it. Well done Jenn.
How do you finish the warp ends? I use a Peter Collingwood method of braiding. K.

Laura K. Aiken - Mosaics said...

This is so cool Jennifer. I love the colors too.

Hilary said...

I love your is lovely. Nice job.

K Spoering said...

Congratulations on the completing the labor that brought this lovely piece to birth! I love the directional changes wedge weave takes, too.

Life Looms Large said...

It is beautiful!!! Congrats!!!!

Good call changing out that purple!! (And will I tell myself "Good call on repainting" if we do that sometime later in the year???)

It looks longer than I imagined it while it was still on the loom. I love the way the white and grey play together - and the way that their play changes when the light shines through it. Very cool!

Congratulations on a beautiful tapestry!!


Jennifer said...

Thanks so much! I am pleased with it also. I fnothing else it's the largest piece I've done yet. And there's still something of making something so substantial from bits of string!

Sue - it was intended to be 8" x 36", but there have been changes along the way. I'll need to get exact measurements, but yes it is quite long and thin. On the coffee, I think "table runner" that's too short!

K - I haven't decided how I'm going to finish the warp ends. I've done the braiding in Collingwood and do like it. i've got some ideas on how I want to mount/display this and that I think will dictate how I handle the warp ends. For now I've left them at least 6" long!

Thanks again!

T Scanlin said...

Looks great!