Over the last couple of years, I have been weaving a series of tapestries and one of a kind art dolls.
I am calling this series, ‘Woven Women’. I made a little video mini tour of one corner of my studio, showing ‘The Green Empress’.
The Green Empress brings together many of my favorite fiber techniques: Tapestry weaving, inkle weaving, small loom weaving, crochet, wire work, tatting and punch needle embroidery.
My plan is to eventually have enough ‘Woven Women’ for a one woman show. I don’t have enough of them finished yet, but I am working on it!
Here are some more photos and the video tour that shows The Green Empress:
Her face is punch needle embroidery and her crown is tapestry weave.
Her hands are heavy gauge wire, wrapped with cotton thread. They are cupped so they can hold small objects.
Her arms are inkle bands and 2 inch Weave it Squares, stitched and shaped and layered.
Her feet are a combination of 2 inch squares that I wove on my vintage Weave it loom, with Inkle weaving.
I just kept stitching and shaping until I was happy with her feet.
I crocheted wire in an open work mesh to shape her body and skirt.
They, I wove miles of inkle bands (woven on my Schacht inkle loom) through them.
I also wove in tatted lace, too. The skirt is about 24 inches wide, but is folded and stitched.
This closeup shows a small panel of punch needle embroidery , tatting, inkle weaving and the copper wire armature.
Close up of one eye and part of the crown. You can see that I love Byzantine art, as there is a definite influence here.
And, here is the link to a mini studio tour, with my wonderful husband playing one of his compositions (with our small dog in his lap, as small dog insists on sitting in Jim’s lap when he plays and practices!)