Having committed to weaving a tapestry diary for the year of 2014 has been a wonderful experience for me.
As I have been experimenting with my diary pieces, I have come to a huge ‘aha’ about the ways that I love to work.
I have found that weaving tiny tapestries, 3 inches/7.5 cm by 5 inches/12.5 cm truly makes my heart sing.
Here is my completed tiny tapestry for the month of June:
I wanted to show the small size of the tapestry by placing it in the context of my studio, and I inadvertently included a little self revelation that made me flinch when I first saw the pic.
My little rock with ‘good enough’ in chalk….. not feeling good enough has been a life long struggle for me, and it’s rather ouchie to have my little ‘good enough’ rock in the photo.
BUT, I figured that I am not alone in this struggle, so, what the heck…. if it feels too uncomfortable to leave the pic as is, I can take it down… but… maybe it could be helpful to someone else who navigates that particular minefield, too, so, I’ll leave it for now.
To be honest, the weaving in this piece does have aspects that are not good enough.
But, as I have lived with now for the few days since I finished it, I have decided that there’s more to it than meets the eye, and I like how I have had ‘aha’ moments with it- finding new meaning in it.
One of the rules of the tapestry diary that I have made for myself is that I have to ask myself:
Where am I right now? What am I working on?
And, then do a drawing that feels like it has possibilities to show me more about that.
When I began my June drawing, I was deeply grieving the death of one of our beloved little dogs, as well as several other losses.
It made me really aware of how those we love do come and go, and how tender and precious life is…. and that’s what came up in the drawing and the weaving.
On the other hand, my daughter in law thinks it looks like something out of Star Trek or sci fi.
LOL!!!! That works for me! I say: If you see something in it that I didn’t, then, YAY! that’s a win.
….. and that’s good enough for me…..