This week, I began a series of small woven figures for my Woven Women show (see previous post LINK).
I joined the Tapestry Diary Weave Along on Ravelry, and I am so pleased that I did.
This is the progression of the first piece, so far:
I warped up my 8 inch Mirrix so I can weave one diary entry on the front of the loom and one on the back.
A Tapestry Diary is a kind of daily journal that, of course, reflects what is happening what is happening in the weaver’s life at that moment….
I’ve been longing for springtime, so it was natural that flowers would appear immediately.
Using my mother’s stash of embroidery floss and yarn has been powerful for me.
Even though she is no longer with us, it is very tender to be working with something that she loved so much.
Each day, I’ve been uploading a pic of my progress in my diary- I find this rather daunting, as the ‘not good enough’ gremlins leap up and bite so uncomfortably! ugh….
I had some concerns about weaving with super slippery rayon embroidery floss, but it was fine…. although, I’ll need to do some serious sewing in on the wrong side.
That’s a bit of tatting that I stitched to the hem of the dress.
I always have a tatting shuttle in my pocket for ‘incidental moments’- it’s wonderfully contemplative, meditative and also so portable that I can take it with me everywhere.
I tat long strips of edging that I then include in my tapestries.
The face is applique’d on – I designed and wove a series of faces in a narrow band, using my double hole rigid heddle loom.
The arms are wrapped wires- I haven’t quite finished the wrapping, which is okay, as I won’t get to finish this piece until I weave the next one that is on the other side of the loom.
Being part of the Weave Along is such a pleasure- the international community of weavers that has formed around this weave along is a generous and supportive group.
I have no way of knowing how the Tapestry Diaries will unfold, but I will be posting as they do.
6 responses to “Tapestry Diary for Woven Women show – 2”
What a rich country of creativity and loveliness you have made. I see the colours of fruit and of sun and flowers. What a joyful thing this is!
Thank you so much! Yes, I was definitely dreaming of a much warmer, more colorful place than my winter world here…..
I once made a mobile of beads each strand representing 5 years of my life. A Canadian penny wired in for my birth. Special symbolic beads for each of my children on the 6th strand. My divorce years were filled with sharp broken glass and garish colors.
I’ve since lost track of my mobile, but wish I had not.
Think of an entire collection of these tapestries, representing times of your life you’d like to remember or taught you a valuable lesson. What a wonderful project!
Beautiful start. Will be looking forward to more additions.
Thank you so much, Suzanne- have you considered making another mobile, now that time has passed and you have a different perspective? I think that it would be so interesting to see how you would construct it now….. 🙂 And, a fascinating project suddenly popped up in my life in the last couple of days, so my tapestry diary has taken a radical new direction! will post more as the week progresses….
Yes, it would be interesting to start again. Heck, I’d have FOUR more strings, LOL.
Looking forward to your updates.
Thanks, Suzanne, and Yes! I think that you should create a new Mobile Diary/Journal- it will be magical!