I’ve been trying out tapestry weaving. Inspired by the wonderful, large tapestries we saw at the Hoxa Tapestry Gallery, Orkney some years ago, my dear husband made me a small weaving frame when we got home. It has lain unused ever since.
I would love to be able to create something like Bridget Riley’s Arrest 3 waves. I’ve started with a simpler design though, while I get the hang of the tapestry weaving technique. I’m trying to suggest rolling hills. The process is quite relaxing, meditative even.
I’ve warped this mini loom with linen yarn and I’m using a steel ruler as a shuttle to weave with wool tapisserie yarns that are meant for embroidery.
Like so many of the craft materials I use today, I’ve had both the warp and weft yarns for decades. As far as I can remember, I bought the linen to warp an inkle loom I made. That has never been used in anger either, maybe I’ll get around to it one day soon if the weaving bug bites.
The bamboo skewer is keeping one of the sheds open, and I found a plastic “spork” in the back of a drawer which I’m using to beat down the wefts. At the moment I’m just making up the design as I go rather than working from a cartoon held behind the warps. That’s probably a mistake and I may well pull out what I’ve done. The effort won’t be wasted though, I’m slowly getting a more even tension and learning how to change colours without leaving obvious holes.
The blocked Flaum
My Flaum cardigan has, as I hoped, become much softer and fluffier after drying on the blocking mat.
I’ve worn it a few times, and convinced myself that the sleeves need to be lengthened. Fortunately, I have 20g of yarn left and that should be enough.
I blocked the sleeves quite hard to widen them because I didn’t want them too clingy and skinny-ribbed. The predictable result is that they have shortened a bit and are now bracelet length rather than the wrist length I prefer. I shall have to unpick the laboriously worked tubular cast-offs and then wash and block just the new cuffs. I’m putting off the task, but I know I must knuckle down and do it or I never will.