Tuesday, March 25, 2014

tapestry weaving + hand weaving


That is my life right now ... that, and trying not to get too stressed at work (which is super busy!).

Firstly - tapestry!  I have been making some progress with the first one for my 'Present A Body Of Creative Work' subject.  Here's the cartoon:


And what I have done so far (I'm weaving on the side, so have rotated the pic):


The other one I am working on is a commission of Jonny Slut, but will still be part of the Goth Deathrock Subculture series (and my homework).  It's a cross stitch:


And a close-up Instagrammed shot ;)


I'll be finishing the tapestry portion of the cross stitch I completed last year (Natalie), as well as completing one more tapestry ... I hope I have time to complete them all!

My handweaving took a slightly annoying direction this weekend.  Anita had the brilliant idea of weaving upmarket cat blankets, so I thought I'd make a couple of prototypes.  I warped up with my usual 5 ply Bendigo Woollen Mills yarn that I use for the scarves.


And started weaving ...


And while it looks lovely, the edges are a bit dodgy, and I don't think the 5 ply actually works for a blanket.  I think I need 8 ply ... well, that was a waste of quite a number of warping hours!!  Ah well, I will take off most of the warp and weave a medium length scarf, then warp up with 8 ply when it arrives.  I guess that's what experimentation is all about!


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  1. I love your idea for the tapestry! I love the conjunction of Goth images and the older art of tapestry, and the idea of the original DIY nature of Goth style!

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    1. Thanks Laura! Yes, I think that's part of the attraction for me, the mixing of traditional versus modern ;)

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  2. But wait! Do you have a warp stretcher? I don't know what to call it in english but it's like an adjustable ruler with nails in the ends that you use to stretch the warp. It makes it easier to get an even edge.

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    1. My loom's tension is pretty tight as it is! I think it's a cross between thin (5 ply) wool, the wider weaving width and a bad weaver, lol!! ;)

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  3. Count us I for a kitty blanket when they are on the market ;-)

    xx

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    1. That's if they reach the market! Depends on whether they are economically viable to do ... but I'm sure I can do one just for you ;) xx

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  4. I love the tapestry and the cross stitch! It's going to be so impressive to see the whole series together, Michelle!

    Too bad about the kitty blanket, though. It's always discouraging when you've invested so much time and it doesn't work out. And I don't know about you, but I've never found I end up paying myself more than $2/hour for any handwork I've ever tried to sell. And yet I still haven't given up! :P

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    1. Thanks Lynn!
      I've actually been pretty lucky with my weaving - I've heard many horror stories about failed projects, but I haven't had all that many ;) The problem with handweaving is that you have to go through the whole process of warping up before you know whether something will work or not!

      Yeah, my hourly rate has always been pretty dismal ... I guess I might get faster over time, and also be able to charge more when I'm more experienced ;)

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