I'm going to try and post the new tapestry I just finished. It's called Please Don"t Shoot Me: Portrait of a Young Man, As Witnessed by the Artist, Cincinnati Riots 2001
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Change for Wolf Pup, Wolf Pup LT, BW and MW instructions—printed and on-line instruction change.
Unfolding the Loom
Remove all plastic wrap from the loom. Slightly loosen the two black plastic fold knobs on both sides of the loom. Generally, a single turn will do. Note: loosening the knobs all of the way or removing them will cause the loom to collapse which could cause injury. Hold onto the front and rear beams and pull them together slightly. Pull the slide lock bars out toward the back of the loom. Continue holding onto the front and rear beams and allow the loom to unfold all the way. If there is a warp on the loom, you may need to step on the brake release pedal while unfolding the loom to loosen the warp. When the loom is all the way down in the open position, push the knobs down to the bottom of the slots and tighten them.
Tag to add to side of loom used for shipping.
Caution: When unfolding the loom, slightly loosen the black knobs (generally a single turn is enough). Loosening them too much or removing them may cause the loom to collapse and cause injury. For the proper unfolding instructions, see the Assembly Manual included with your loom.
This effort on the part of Schacht Spindle Company to address a problem is to be applauded. I hope no one else has to have such a gruesome experience with ANY weaving equipment in the future. I appreciate what Schacht is doing toward that goal with their products. I also very much appreciate Karen Donde's quick response in contacting the company after she read about the accident at my blog. Contacting the company wasn't on my agenda--should have been but wasn't. So a big thank-you to you, Karen!!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Hope all are weaving away happily! I will be again, soon, I know.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Here are a few photos taken during the day... our thanks to all who came and shared with each other in this workshop! Pat and I hope to schedule another workshop in the future to be held at my studio. Again, the number of participants will be limited to six.
|Pat talks about different textures of weft|
|Dinah Rose's lovely tapestry used her own handspun wool; Gail is in the background pondering meet and separate on her tapestry.|
|Gail and Pat discuss the Kirsten Glasbrook tapestry book.|
|Dinah at the left... reaching for weft; top of AnnLyn's head next, then comes Ann and finally Gail around on the other side near the computer. Several of Pat's tapestries hang in her studio... you can see four of them in this photo.|
|Nancy is barely visible at the upper left talking to Terri. In the foreground is Ann, with AnnLyn and Dinah at the end of the table.|
|Pat discusses mounting small tapestries for display.|
|Pat pins the small tapestry down to the fabric covered mounting board.|
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Let me say that blocking can be your friend. I resisted blocking after my unsuccessful early attempts but through the link at Kathy Spoering's blog here and also Pat Williams' encouragement I have been happy with the process. I don't block everything I do, especially the ones that are 60" or so is either width or length. But those that are under 25" or so I have started blocking. Even if nothing needs to be shrunk to fit (and that's the key... shrinking the wool weft, not trying to stretch it) the pressing gives a crispness to the surface that's nice.
I've briefly described about the way I block on my website at this link.
Also, if you've watched the YouTube video of Felix Haspel that Pat posted a short while back, you'll see the tapestry artist steam pressing his tapestry.
Good luck with the finishing off of the tapestry... and be sure to post a photo to the blog, if you could!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I'm currently scheduling for my teaching gigs for 2012. So far, I've locked in January 22 of 2012 as the start of a weeklong intermediate class at John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. I'm also in discussions with another craft school in the Southeast about another intermediate level class and don't want to make it a repetition of the one at JCFS. So... my question to any and all who might read this and who might want to attend a week-long workshop targeting "intermediate" level (whether it would be one I'd teach or someone else)--what would you like to learn???
My own "tool kit" for tapestry expands constantly. I am, of course, only comfortable teaching techniques I use in my own work. There are some topics I wouldn't touch at this point since I've only briefly experimented with them (wedge weave, for instance, since Connie Lippert and others do such a wonderful job with this method in their work and also in their teaching).
SO... any thoughts from anyone? I will appreciate it greatly!