Saturday, April 28, 2012

assessment 2 posted, assessment 3 started ...

So here's what I thought of my second assessment:


Yep, I wasn't too keen on this one - I had all sorts of trouble with the tension, and you can tell that my sides went all wonky during the second sampler - GRRRR!!! I was experimenting with a different warp sett, and a different number of weft strands - and it just didn't work. Ah well, I think that a finer sett and less weft works better for me - even though it takes longer.

The first sampler is on its side, by the way (turn 90 degrees clockwise).

OK, moving right along people - NOTHING TO SEE HERE!

I've started my next assessment - designing a large tapestry. This one is to be 3600cm2, and is due in November - since the maximum width my loom can handle is 50cm, the tapestry will be 72cm long. Assessment 3 is the design of the tapestry and samplers. As usual, I've got the design started first, and have to go back and do some groundwork to submit ;)   Here is the very beginning:


I found a random goth image from the 80s, and have enlarged it as the central image. I will fill the rest of the design with various goth imagery, such as leopard print (which you can see on the bottom), bats, band badges and ripped fishnet.  Some of the leopard print will be cross stitched on canvas and sewn on afterwards.  I'm looking forward to this one!!

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    1. I really hope so! I have an idea of doing a Goth/Deathrock Culture series, so I hope I can weave what's in my head ;)

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  2. That sounds even more challenging! I recognize the tapestry now! I made these as a kid. My mother made a lot of tapestry and even made a frame for me. She dyed wool yarn with moss and fungus to craft with. I'm convinced that this challenge will be successful.

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    1. Oh wow, your mum sounds awesome! Does she still weave, and have you ever been tempted to give it another try?

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  3. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. In fact we took a lot of pictures that I threw. I told Johan that I looked old and grumpy, then he moved the lights from the side, to right in front, and I looked ok. So now he learned how to take pictures of girls over age of 35 :). I feel uncomfortable in front of the camera but when we started to joking about things it was easier to relax and the pictures got better.

    My mum is weaving rag rugs nowadays, or knits. I have weaved my own folk costume, the skirt and apron on a loom. I never felt very welcomed by the older ladies in the weaving association so I quit. I doo a lot of crosstiching from time to time though.

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    1. Rag rugs sound fun ... wow @ weaving your own stuff on a loom, how fantastic! One day I'd like to try a horizontal loom for weaving fabric ;) And yes, cross stitching ROCKS!

      I feel more comfortable taking pictures of myself with my daggy camera phone - I'm always a bit self-conscious when others are taking pics ;)

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  4. wow! I can't wait to see this one. Please post some progress pics along the way

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    1. I will! I've just started the sampler of the face, just to see how I go (even though the assignment doesn't require a sampler). I'll also include some leopard print on the sampler, just to find out whether I'm skilled enough to attempt it ;)

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  5. its gonna be an awful lotta work - but looks to be an awesome piece!

    have u factored in unpicking time? I think it was Glennis said she knows a pro weaver who reckons unpicking is a third of the work time... (I do a fair bit, but not a third...)

    looking forward to following your progress on this one, Michelle.

    May your wefts never wobble and your warps never break!

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    1. I don't usually unpick ... this is the first time I've unpulled and started again this extensively - and it wasn't even worth it!! GRRRR!!

      I'm trying to keep the mindset of *learning*, rather than getting good grades - pretty tough for a perfectionist like me ;)

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  6. that is a problem - being a learner, I mean. I'm actually going to send in a 'bad' piece just so I can get a good critique of it on why it's gone wrong in several places. Humble pie hopefully will pay off in better practice later.

    hooroo

    misha

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    1. I have sent in plenty of 'bad' pieces ... though I think a lot of my technique issues will be solved through PRACTICE! Obvious, but true ;)

      It's difficult to learn when you're isolated - but I'm definitely getting some good tips online! I hope you're enjoying being part of Mary's tapestry group - what a fantastic opportunity ;)

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  7. Hi Michelle
    Love your design for the "large" tapestry; I haven't even thought about it yet as I am still doing my environmental ones. I have finished the first one and hope to have the 2nd one finished by the end of the week. Maybe I will put them on my blog. I am in the same tapestry group as Mary and on Saturday who should come along but Misha. It's great to be able to support eachother.By the way we all do work we wish was better.

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    1. I'm SO envious of your little group - how fantastic!!!

      Yes, please post on your blog. I'll post my sampler progress for the large design in the next couple of days ;)

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