Friday, July 03, 2015

Left You Behind

I got so busy weaving, and doing other crafty things, that I forgot to update you all on this latest project.

  Warp choices for the Painted Inspiration Weave-a-long

A while back I initiated a weave-a-long on the "Saori Weaving for Everyone" group on Ravelry.  We now have 15 weavers participating!


warp wound

The idea is to choose a painting you love and then use it as inspiration for a Saori style weaving.

Warp Chain

The weaving does not have to be a pictorial representation of the painting. The idea is just to attempt to capture the 'mood' of the painting in colour and/or other elements.

Sleyed through the reed

So while I was absent from the blog I was busy choosing a painting to use as inspiration and then selecting yarns, winding a warp, and dressing the loom.

Reed upright and waiting for the shafts

The weather here has been hot, hot, HOT, so I dragged a portable table into the only air conditioned room in my house and sat there to do much of the prep work.

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The dogs were more than happy to sit in the cool room with me while I worked.

Air conditioning is not to be enjoyed alone.

When I finally started weaving I was very surprised to have it take off, almost with a mind of its own, in a mildly tapestry-esk fashion. Not true tapestry, but kind of looking that way as I weave randomly in the colours I see as representing the painting.

Loving it so far.

I chose Evelyn Kirkaldy's "Kootenay Meadow" as my inspiration.

Kootenay Meadow

And here is how it looks now, after the second day of weaving. This particular technique, using a table fork as a 'beater' and weaving organic looking shapes in a wide variety of colours, thicknesses, and textures, is VERY SLOW going. I don't know if I'll be able to hold out for the entire four metres I wound, but I am enjoying myself so far.

slow progress

2 comments:

Gene Black said...

Ooh that is such a fun weaving. I am excited to see how you progress.

MarthaVA said...

That is a beautiful warp, and an amazing start to the weaving!!!!! Just beautiful!

Martha