Monday, May 25, 2009

Trying to post

Hi All,
I'm new at this and I am trying learn to post to the Tapestry Share Blog. This is a test. I want to share that I did get to the Rameses Wissa-Wassef Tapestry Center when we were in Egypt. I purchased a wool and a cotton tapestry. It this works, I'll try to write more about it and post pix of the tapestries.


Thursday, May 21, 2009


You all may have already found this, but I'll share in case you have not. I've just discovered WeaveZine - an online magazine for weavers. The link is:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mounted first tapestry

I've just finished mounting my first tapestry on foam core board and am so pleased to have completed it. What are the rest of you working on?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Note from Lisa and news from Tommye

Greetings--I wanted to post this note from Lisa although I think you got it in your e-mails. Don't give up trying to post, Lisa!
I'm sorry that I didn't realize Jon was going to be giving the presentation at CHG. I've been out of town for what seems like weeks and was still on the road on Saturday--if that's when the meeting was. Yes, Jon's work is incredible. I'd love to visit his studio again.

Hello Everyone-

I was trying to figure out how to post and gave up. I haven't thought of anything amazing to say yet, but I was blown away by this weekend's Chattahoochee Handweavers' Guild's program by John Eric Riis. Jo-Marie, Nancy, Terri, and Janice were all there (Nancy had her birds from our class for show and tell and they were mounted and looked amazing!! Thanks for bringing them!!). John Eric Riis' work was so different - I really want to visit his studio. Is anyone else interested? It would probably be better to wait for his things to return from Korea. But, if he would let us in, that would be so great! I didn't know people could do that kind of stuff with tapestry. He spoke highly of you, Tommye, and he agreed that you are one of the nicest people on earth! Incidentally, I loved your rya that's going to Winston-Salem!

I hope all of you are doing well - I miss getting together to weave!


On another matter... several of the Tapestry Weavers South members are going to visit Sylvia Heyden at her home and studio next week. I'm not sure if there's a limit to numbers who she's willing to see but can find out, if anyone's interested in joining in.

And, Lisa... thanks for mentioning the rya I sent to the Piedmont Craftsmen exhibit in Winston-Salem. It was a challenge to make myself work in something other than tapestry--but have wanted to do something with rya (other than sampling for my class demos) for some time. Now... got that out of my system for awhile!

My latest diversion was my trip to Vermont to have a tutorial with Bhakti Ziek. That was just an amazing experience (wrote about it on my blog) and one that may lead to interesting conversations between those who are weaving plain weave, weft-faced tapestry and those who choose complex woven imagery methods, like hand jacquard.

OK... enough for now! Another deadline looms :)) !

Monday, May 18, 2009

cutting foam core board

Hi, Everyone. I've just made my first attempt at cutting foam core board and made something of a mess. I used a utility knife and it's possible the blade wasn't as sharp as it should be. Any of you have any suggestions for getting a good, clean cut? I'll be using this for mounting my small tapestry piece, so it may not be important to get a clean cut, since I'll be covering the board with batting and background cloth. I'll appreciate any and all ideas about this.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

I'm eager to see your wedge weave that you just posted recently in person! Will Mark be at the July Craft Guild Fair? And will you be with him? And, if so, which day--I won't be doing a demo but will most likely be at the Fair for a day.

Here's what I've been doing this week--posted at my blog at this link. And, more about that at my teacher, Bhakti Ziek's blog.

What an amazing experience for me!! Just spending time with such an legend in the weaving world--Bhakti Ziek--and being able to bounce ideas back and forth was almost more than I can take in. I'm certainly not giving up tapestry--in the sense that it's plain weave, weft-faced, discontinuous weft weaving--with this experience. But to have the opportunity to see and develop clearer understanding about the TC-1 loom, and the process of designing for it that Bhakti and Alice Schlein have developed is such a pleasure.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Wedge Weave - Jennifer

I am presently in the middle of a wedge weave piece. I found I was doing too much planning and thinking. I'm relatively new to weaving, so I realized I was thinking too much about weaving and really need to practice weaving. I also find that the process of weaving is simply a great way for me to rejuvenate. So a couple of months ago, I decide to just weave and a geometric wedge weave become the piece. I still have the others ideas and other looms, but this allows me to not get bogged down in details. What I'm finding though is that it's all I'm doing!!!
Here's the latest progress on it. The final piece is planned to be 8" x 36" and I'm about half was through it. I know it doesn't look it from the picture, but I am working on a pipe loom that is warped continuously, so there is as much on the back of the loom as on the front right now!
What I like most about the piece is the blended areas where one can truly see the weaving is on an angle. Otherwise I think the solid color make a solid block while the blended has ..... movement? Maybe, it's also nice to have the blocks of color alternate between solid and blended. In any case, I'm enjoying it.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

What's up with y'all?!

I'm eager to see your postings of new (or continuing) tapestries!! My tapestry diary for 2009 continues--I mentioned it in my blog yesterday. That's all the tapestry I'm doing right now--too many distractions and other obligations since we last saw each other have kept me from tapestry work. I've got two more weeks of distractions and obligations coming up, then I'll be settling down at the studio for awhile (I think!).

Jennifer had an interesting link to a talk by Elizabeth Gilbert posted at her blog. I'd viewed the talk earlier and it's a definite "must see!"

And, just to let you know--I've confirmed dates for my Penland teaching for next summer. I'm on the schedule for July 24-August 10. That's a 2 1/2 week class. The 2010 summer dates and classes are still in the planning stages so aren't published yet but look for it soon! Unfortunately, it is right at the time of Convergence's end and the ATA events are scheduled as a post-Convergence happening, although I don't know the exact dates for the ATA things right yet--just that they'll happen after Convergence. I still might try to get there the week before Penland for a chance to see the exhibits but am not at all sure that will happen--long trip for a short time!

By the way, are you familiar with this postcard exhibit? Lyn Hart mentioned it in her recent blog post. You might be interested in creating a tapestry postcard to submit.

So, here's wishing all of you well... and hoping to see what you're up to!