Tuesday, November 13, 2012

on the home stretch ... and some life lessons


YES! The last couple of weeks have been crazy around here ... but I can see the end in sight, even though I've had to make a few difficult decisions in order to get there ;)

Weaving finished - about to do the hem:


My original brief was a tapestry 3600cm2, so my idea was to have the final dimensions of 50cm wide x 72cm high. My loom is not much bigger than that - and I have realised in the last week that weaving that close to the top of the loom is very very difficult (hello bleeding fingers!). So I made the conscious decision to make the tapestry shorter (since my technique was also suffering), and deal with the consequences.

Here you can see how close I'm weaving to the top of the loom - eeep!


I must confess it's pretty hard for me to let go of my 'I must get as high a grade as possible' viewpoint. I mean, the Diploma Of Tapestry is a creative course - a higher grade does not mean a better artist. I think it's just ingrained, I'm so hard on myself for no reason. I've had a pretty tough couple of years - marriage breakup, new relationship (+ young child), moved house twice, blah blah blah - and I've *never* let any of that get in the way of anything I've wanted to do. I've still worked full time, still done the weekly radio show (and for the last 12 months another monthly radio show), and handed in all my assignments in time.

Anyway, that last paragraph is just to illustrate how much of a big deal it is for me to say 'ah well, that will just have to do!' - A VERY BIG DEAL!! ;P

Sorry, I digress - back to the tapestry! I also decided my cross stitch that was to be attached was too busy (I didn't realise until after I had finished weaving), so I'm re-stitching just the figure. It will be white instead of black, and will be attached to that large black space you can see at the top of the first picture:


I know, I'm crazy - but I have a week before posting, so it should be fine. I'm a very fast stitcher ;)

Over the next few days I have to finish the hem, finish the cross stitch, sew the cross stitch on, cut the tapestry off the loom ... and then the boring task of sewing in the warp ends and finishing off the back.

Pictures soooooon - see you on the flipside!

9 comments:

  1. Wow! You impress me! I am still struggling with my final assignment, and I have only had to deal with a few health problems!

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    1. Haaha, guess that's why Anita calls me 'manic' ;)

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  2. If I could count the number of projects abandoned over the years due to my inability to say “that will have to do” ... Well, I probably couldn't even count that high. So kudos to you for cutting yourself some slack! And I think it's going to look fantastic when it's done, despite minor revisions! :P

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    1. Yes, it's a *very* difficult thing to do, isn't it? Though at this point I'm much happier for it ;)

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  3. Congratulations Michelle; your tapestry looks amazing and it is also amazing what we can achieve when we push ourselves. Well done
    I have decided to leave mine until I move. Sue has granted me an exemption.

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    1. Thanks Glennis, and good luck with the move! :D

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  5. sorry didnt say a word on this, but lost th sign that is prior to F and post D so is difficult.

    v good finish - so too short... you couldnt do it again in 7 days anyway. O prfctionists! Its quality that counts, not quantity and you'll do ok.

    I think a tnsioning mechanism allows to slackn off and work highr on loom. anyway, good luck with it. Will you go to summr camp at Warrnambool?

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    1. HAAA, Misha - your post made me LOL with your missing 'e'!!!

      Yeah, you're right - quality over quantity every time, and I include 'quality of life' in that category as well :)

      No, I won't be able to attend the camp - work commitments (the camps are always at the end of a month, which is not convenient for an accounts person!!) :P

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