Monday, June 11, 2012

the start of the large tapestry ...

Even though I haven't received feedback from my lecturer about my large tapestry design, I thought I'd better get started. So the loom is now warped up, and I have started the edge of the tapestry (the hem):


Just starting the leopard print - I have added a strand of purple to give a bit of depth to the black hair:


And a shot of my progress - so far so good!


I'll have to take the frame off the stand on Friday so it can be moved to the new house - the stand can go with the removalists, as it may be difficult to get up the stairs ;)

If you've read this far, congratulations ... you get to have a peek at our new house, haa!  Settlement day is Friday - that upstairs room is my studio, and faces the ocean ;)


One more pic (from the real estate website) - the downstairs living area, incorporating dining room and kitchen:


We're so excited!  I'll post pics after we move in ;)
Anita calls it 'The Yurt', Lily calls it 'The Roly Poly House', and apparently the locals call it 'The Soccer Ball House' - it's actually a dodecahedron!


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  1. Wow, that is a gorgeous house.

    Tapestry looks really confusing, is it very difficult?

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    1. Thanks! And yes, tapestry is *very* difficult!! It's one of those things that are OK in theory, but need years and years of practise to master ;)

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  2. That house looks amazing, light and airy. You 'll have the perfect view from your studio. :)

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    1. I certainly will! Though I can imagine there are a couple of cats who will be sitting in that window most of the time ;)

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  3. I have a an a4 size loom and I would love to learn how to do that, what are the techniques used called, or do you know any tutorials I can use? (I'm a textiles student and this amazes me!!)

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    2. ahh realized my mistake I have the basic loom which you used to learn on, what technique would i uses to get those mini sections of colour (leopard spots)and how would i use my main colour beside it? sorry to bother you >.<

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    3. Hey, no bother at all! There aren't many tapestry tutorials online - if you can find someone to teach you in your area, then I'd highly recommend it ;) But this may help: http://www.marlamallett.com/loom.htm

      What type of textiles are you studying?

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    4. ahh I'll check round my are, I always do better after having an in person demonstration as well with any textiles. Thanks for the link :)

      I',m not at university level yet but ive studied textiles such as embriodery, applique quilting techniques and knitting and felting (i felt dreads too :D ) it was a bit of everything course
      then I did a design crafts course which was clay wire porcelain just so i learnt more techniques but this year I'm going to do fashion and use all the techniques I've learned together :D!

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    5. Oh wow, that sounds great! I'll keep an eye on your blog ;)

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  4. Hi Michelle
    You are good, I haven't started mine yet as I have been frantic doing the design ass. Are you doing Elements and ... as well? What epi are you using? and what wool? It looks like you sre using 3 strands. I hope to start my tapestry next week.

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    1. Yep, I'm juggling both subjects at the same time! I'm hoping to finish the Design assessment this weekend (I'm sure I'll need a break from unpacking!) so I can work more on the tapestry. Unfortunately, our next tapestry assessment and design assessment are due around the same time in July, so I'll have to be super-organised ;)

      I'm using 3 strands of wool at 12 warps per 4 cm with 12/9 cotton - I think that's equivalent to 10 epi? I'm mainly using Aust Tapestry Workshop wool, but the black is 2 ply Ashford merino I found in my local wool shop, which I grabbed at $9 for a cone - bargain!

      I'm seriously organised - I have a timetable so I can get everything done. Since I work full time, I don't work on my TAFE stuff during the week (at night I like to do my cross stitch), but on weekends I pack in as much as I can ;)

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  5. Hi Michelle
    I am amazed at your work ethic; I hope you leave time for play.. I love the house and I hope that all of you will be happy in it.

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    1. Oh yeah, a bit of play here and there! I think I'm a little bit manic, actually ;)

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  6. Can't wait to see this tapestry as it progresses.
    Your new home looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks Christine, we like it too! Tomorrow I will be carefully taking the loom frame off the stand and putting it into my car ... the removalists can take the stand, but I don't trust them with a warped-up loom ;)

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  7. Good luck with the move, will you have that lovely bright room as your studio? It looks perfect, maybe hot in summer but that is months away. I can't believe that you do so much! I am looking forward to seeing it as it develops.

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    1. Thanks Mary - yeah, I'm sitting on the stairs right now typing this, as I'm not exactly sure where the chairs are, heh heh! That room is downstairs - I have the upstairs living room, and yes it is very bright and airy!

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  8. OMG, your new house is awesome! I can picture it with greens and trees all around it... it will be like a faerytale hut!! Have fun moving in! ;)

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    1. Thanks Yaga! Yeah, it still feels like a holiday house! ;)

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