Thursday, April 29, 2010

6 inches am, 57 degrees pm

snow: about 6:30 am the daffodils are hiding out under about six inches.
last night was the last class of my "magic spirit bag" tapestry weaving class.
 cathryn made a handle right on the tapestry loom next to the main bag. she experimented with simple patterning and adding beads into the body of her bag.
joellen worked in a weft stripe repeat. she found the large needle easiest to use.
terry pushed herself out of her comfort zone and tried something completely patternless and pre-planned. for a complex knitter (way out of MY comfort zone) this was great!
hilary liked using the shed sticks with these schacht tapestry looms, and found a way to keep it workable. a hair tie!
under the hair tie supported shed stick, this tapestry was growing. one student chose to leave the class, it wasn't her thing. but for those (pictured here) who stuck with it, they left knowing how to weave a tapestry; a knowledge of many techniques, and a plan to finish their weaving on their own. the looms will be returned to the arts council when they're done. i learned we needed at least one more class to finish even a fairly simple tapestry project. i wove along with them, and this is what i came up with...so far...
the thing that is interesting for me is that i really included items of magic and spirit in here, some lokta, wool, handspun cotton, other cottons, and ripped strips of cotton muslin that a friend and i had printed on. i surprised myself with a rather quiet palate. it was a fun class for me--these women were wonderful students. we all spoke about how cool that was! magic spirit bag tapestry class. there is a race to see who finishes first...ok, so not a race, just an encouragement! i'll probably be last.

9 comments:

Dianne said...

They are all lovely... I love the free "flowing" form of yours... it is reminiscent of a braided stream... water flowing over sand bars and gravel deposits...

Velma said...

i like "braided stream". exactly!

neki desu said...

sorry if i'm repeating myself, but it's always such good news to hear that people are learning to weave.
there's a snow echo in your bag(perhaps)

Fiona said...

I love yours. It is very gentle and peaceful. I thought of water as well.

jude said...

hand weaving is slow. i like that. i used to do this on the commuter train. (my little frame was very tiny.)
and ok neki. i hear you.

Dee / Cloth Company said...

I wonder if yours needed to be 'quiet' b/c you were listening as a teacher.

Velma said...

thank you dee, what a perceptive comment. perhaps i was. i hope so. jude, my tiniest tapestries were woven on a blue book with a needle and silk button hole twist. i did lots that were tiny like that.

Susan Johnson said...

I love your moving little rag weave. Packs in so much subtle color and pattern in a small space, also the story of the bits of textile you chose, and juxtaposed. Weave is a narrative, anyway. A beginning, a middle, an end, a book, actually.

Velma said...

susan--it has some of my hair, some milkweed fiber, too, as well as the other stuff--that's the magic part of it. i like what you wrote about it being a book, thanks.