Saturday, May 5, 2012

sampler progress

OK, I've taken some progress pics of the sampler for my Goth/Deathrock Culture tapestry.

Firstly, I'm trying a new method of keeping control of the edges - I just can't remember where I read about it, it may have been a tapestry yahoo group ??   I'm using a double warp on the edges ... so we'll see how that goes!




I've decided to weave the face for my sampler, since I haven't really tried that before ... I went a bit crazy last weekend and did HOURS of work - here are the progress shots (excuse the bad lighting!):




And after today's hours of weaving:


I've been using this sampler to practice vertical lines, which I've always struggled with - rather than sew them on afterwards, I'd prefer to weave them in. More weaving tomorrow! ;)

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  1. It looks amazing! Now I have an odd question; I would like to see the backside of it. My moms weaving always had a lot of loose ends that she had to tie (if she bothered). When I have been weaving on a big loom I've used a kind of length adjustable ruler with combs in the ends, to tense the weave, is that something that you use to keep the width of the weave even? I don't know the english word for it so I hope my explanation is clear. :)

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    1. Thanks Therese! The backside is a mess of ends - it looks kinda like a rag rug on the back - I just cut them off to about 1 inch, the weft holds them in place - only the threads on the sides get sewn in.

      I'm not sure what sort of ruler you mean, but that sounds handy!

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  2. Hi Michelle. I love the image. Why aren't you doing it sideways so you don't have to worry about the vertical lines, or is it that you deliberately decided to do it so you can do them? We were taught to look at your image and decide which way has the most straight lines and to make them horizontal - if it wouldn't do other bad things to the image.

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    1. Yes, the face *would* be easier woven sideways - but I'm limited by the size of my loom! 50cm is the widest I can weave ... though I guess I can play around with what it would look like with the face going the other way around?

      Thanks for the tip! I'll let you know what I decide ;)

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  3. I know what you mean, the size of the loom can be limiting. But I don't want to invest in a bigger loom, they take up so much space, I don't do enough weaving and they are expensive, so we will just have to muddle along with our limiting but handy smaller looms.

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    1. I don't really want a larger loom either ... I'd prefer to work with what I have ;) Your idea of weaving sideways has really got me thinking about changing the design though ;)

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  4. Hi Michelle
    Your work is very impressive. I agree with Mary about weaving sideways, it makes weaving lines easier. Have you thought of using the flying shuttle technique? I used on my latest evniro samples and it solved a problem. Pity that you are limited by the size of the loom. Isn't there anyone you could borrow one from.

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    1. I have experimented with a few 'line-making' techniques on this sampler, which I *think* is flying shuttle - kinda like doing a soumak loop, then travelling it over the weaving underneath? I'm looking forward to seeing a pic of your work!

      I'm completely isolated here in Adelaide - there aren't any other tapestry weavers here, except for a couple in the Handspinners & Weavers Guild, but they are more fabric-weaving focused. It's a pity that Kay Lawrence doesn't hold workshops - you never know, one day she might!

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  5. going well, yay Michelle.

    about the double warp on the edges - is that to stop it pulling in?
    I think the ruler linnea-maria mentioned is a tracking device to watch for pull-in.

    but looking good.

    I'm now over half-way on year 1 colour sampler...

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    1. Well, that's the theory anyway (with the double warp) - though I must say, it seems to be working so far! I've done about 12cm now, and it's only pulled in about 2mm ... cross fingers I can keep it (kinda) straight!

      A tracking device sounds like a great idea ;)

      Your sampler looks great so far!

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  6. Michelle, I had a weaver from the workshop tell me not to worry about the sides coming in, straight sides come with practice. However I am paranoid at times about the sides and I sometimes have a piece of cardboard the width of my piece which I use to check the measurement or conversely I have 2 pieces of cardboard that measure the distance from the edge of my tapestry to the edge of the loom. I have never seen anyone use a double warp at the edge, I am keen to know how it works.

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    1. To be honest Glennis - it's working so far!!! It's 'stiffening' up the edges, so they're not as floppy. Add to the fact that I'm paranoid about them as well, which could be helping ;)

      I'm hoping that the edges are OK on my large tapestry, since that will look awful with the edges pulling in!

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