Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I have no idea what I'm doing...

...but I'm having fun doing it :)

I've been going to monthly craft meetings at the local SCRAP store since they started having them in January.  (http://scrappdx.org/)  This last month a woman named Shelly gave a workshop on tapestry weaving.

I've poked a bit at using the tapestry loom in the past.  However my projects took a long time and I've been much more engaged with pattern creation on the inkle loom.  Well, Shelly's work has inspired me.  I've been wanting to try more organic shapes and free-form weaving.  Somehow they way she presented her ideas and how beautiful her work was just got me going.

I'll admit I took apart the weaving I started at that meeting.  I realized there were two things keeping me from being happy with it.  One, the warp was too loose.  I like a very tight warp.  No idea how this compares to other people but I would guess I'm more picky than others.  But I find it helps me work faster and more evenly.  Second, the warp I chose was too thick.  I was having trouble keeping it from showing all over the place.  This, again, nagged at my orderly perfectionist nature.

I happened to already have my loom warped up for two projects.  One of them is planned out.  The other was just because I figured why not put some more warp on (I have a very large tapestry loom)  So I set about to transfer the project I'd started at the meeting.  I got a bit sidetracked when looking for yarns and ended up with a lot of reds and browns.  I guess I'll just have to do the blue one I'd started next time.  At the rate I'm going, I should be able to finish both before the next months meeting.

Here's a picture of what I have so far:

I'm not really planning anything.  I'm just building shapes as they seem to fit.  Some patterns are forming like the orange stripes will go through the whole piece.  And I have a vague notion of where another glittery brown square will go.  Though that shape ended up a square all on it's own.  It's a fun, somewhat trance-like method of weaving.  I've found I can only do it for so many hours before I start over thinking things.  That's okay though.  It means my set up is much better than before.  I used to be limited by how long I could sit at the loom before my knees and/or back were just too sore to ignore anymore.

Here's another picture with the flash.  I can't decide which is better or worse.  I'm going to have to learn how to photograph while still on the loom one of these days:

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