Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sorry about the Hambidge posting...

... I was using BlogPress to post and I didn't notice that it had Tapestry Share selected as the blog for which to post!

I'm leaving the post in place here since I've had one comment from Cathie about it. The thoughts are sharing about some of the ways I use to generate ideas for tapestry. The drawing or painting that I do is a way to discover what I want to do. Sometimes it works better than other times! Oh, by the way... if you want to see more about my time at Hambidge my blog is

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Work from today at Hambidge

I had to go to Asheville, NC for a couple of meetings with committees of Southern Highland Craft Guild on Monday and stayed overnight to be at another meeting on Tuesday. So I missed a couple of days work at Hambidge... but jumped back into it today.

I called three more pieces "done" and began work on three new smaller ones. I also continued process on five more that have been underway. Here are photos of what's happening:

As I stop working on pieces I move them to another part of the room... pinning or nailing them up whereever I can. I've had to start coming down the stairs on the railing... and I've only been here a week! I guess I'll have to put them up on top of one another if I keep up at this pace... 16 pieces are either done or underway now and so far 24" x 36" is the smallest dimension.

These are in beginning stages or almost to the point of being taken down:

I did a couple of underpaintings on two of the 18" x 24" canvases today:

I'm really struggling with this one:

This one, too:

And, believe it or not... am pretty happy with this one.

This is a 36" wide x 60+" long one that's had the beginning steps... more work on this one tomorrow.

I also sat outside with watercolors and a clay board I got at True Blue Art Supply in Asheville yesterday... It's the only piece I've done so far that was from observation.

Tomorrow I'm going to do some things that will involve my drawing from observation... at least that's what I'm thinking right now! That should slow me down since it takes so much concentration to see what I'm seeing--and then to find a way to represent it. But whatever tomorrow holds will be with tomorrow.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

4-selvedge mini-class coming soon for 6 people

Pat Williams and I will be teaching a one day workshop at my studio in Dahlonega, Georgia, USA on October 22 at which we'll share what we've been learning about 4-selvedge weaving. It will be open for 6 people only (4 are now enrolled) since it will be held at my studio and there's just not room enough there for more than that there to function in a workshop kind of way!

So... 22nd of October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pat and I will both have floor stands into which a copper pipe loom or a Hagen loom can be placed for the warping process (will make it SO much easier!) Participant should bring their own frame loom which we'll help you warp for a small sample piece. The goal is to complete the small piece and to rewarp for another one before the end of the workshop day. Here's where I described my beginning journey with the process earlier in the blog:

If you're interested please e-mail me immediately to see if there's still space available. Cost is $105, and that includes the warp you'll be using. Deposit of $50 is due immediately upon signing up--balance due on the 22nd.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Let there be light

I got to thinking while I was weaving last month on the loom.  I see okay when the sun shines...
But with all that black warp and weft yarn, a cloud can make things difficult...
There could be a lamp or some track lighting above the loom, but the small LED tape was a tempting answer to putting the light right above the work.  They came from Inspired LED at  The tape comes in a roll and is only about 1/4" wide. I just couldn't bring myself to glue the tape directly to the maple of the loom.  Then, it came to me to glue to one of the spacer sticks.
The final question is how is it on the loom - see for yourself!
The coolest bonus is I can move the light between looms....