Thursday, February 10, 2011

Penelope Syndrome

The other day my husband noted that I never seemed to make any progress on a tapestry that I've been fiddling with a long time. He wondered if I had really been weaving. I explained to him that I was working from a photo and I was having a difficult time with weaving it. I was "unweaving" as much if not more than I was actually weaving. Finally, the light dawned---I was trying to force a weaving to be like the photo. That's not going to work. So, now I am using the photo as a "guide" not as an actual pattern. My goal is to let the weaving be a weaving perhaps inspired by photography. We'll see what happens. So much to learn about this "just plain weave" and design.


  1. I love the comment, "Penelope Syndrome!"
    Thanks for the insight about letting the weaving be what it can be best... rather than trying to be like another medium.

  2. I can understand your frustration with trying to force the weaving to be something it's not. I have the same problems because I tend to want it to look like a photo as well. I have the same problem with my sketches. Megan