Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hold on tight!

Yep, it's been a bumpy ride! What a week ... I'm putting it down to the fact that Saturn has just moved out of Virgo (where it has been for the past 3 years), and into Libra - and it's a Full Moon on Monday - shaking things up! At least the Full Moon is in Aquarius - I have Moon in Aquarius natally, so I always feel more in my power around this time of year :P

This is a good time to get rid of things and people that are not positive enhancers of our lives - that has certainly happened to me in the last few years! And I have not regretted a single thing - my life is just getting better and better.

And I did promise to post my progress on my 4th TAFE assignment. This was supposed to be a semi-abstract composition based on the landscape, and putting into practise all the lessons of the previous colour exercise. I played around with a few concepts, then decided to take a map of the area I live in, and turn it into a design:

And I was having problems with my back while using the tapestry frame, so Brett set it up on his old painting easel. It's still not great, but I'll be getting a proper Ashford Tapestry Loom in the middle of August - I can't wait! And by the way, does anyone know how to attach the cartoon to the frame? I've used masking tape :P

It was suggested by my lecturer to colour in the cartoon before I started weaving, since I have a habit of jumping in feet first and making it up as I go along. I made an attempt to do this, but I really struggled - those tiny amounts of colour took me about 2 hours! I guess too much planning inhibits my creativity ... I much prefer working on a section, then looking at it and 'feeling' what colour should come next.

And here's the design so far ... it's getting there, though my technique is still pretty horrible! I wanted to make the Happy Valley Reservoir a feature, so I wove it in sparkly blue thread - terrible stuff to weave with, but I'm happy with the overall effect!

This week I'm going to concentrate on weaving as much as I can, since I haven't even started my dyeing wool assignment, and that's due the week after this one! Eeeeeeek! I have to allow quite a while to sew the slits on this one, as there are a lot of them - bleeuurggh :P


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  2. Hi Kaite!

    Thanks again for your advice - I'll try the cloth method of attaching the cartoon next time - it sound much easier than masking tape :P

    Yes, I'm doing the dyeing by myself, since I'm unable to get to the TAFE this year. It's just the primary and secondary colours for this first assignment ... but yeah, I can see it's a big job.

    I really appreciate your offer of help, and I'll definitely take you up on it if I get confused! Kaite, you've helped me through this last 6 months more than you realise - thanks again :)


  3. hi Michelle, your tapestry map looks great, very bright and cheerful. I attach the cartoon to a length of cloth and then attach the cloth to the frame, from top to bottom and quite firmly so there's no sag.
    You'll need to allow plenty of time to complete your dyeing assignment, good luck...k.