Here's a photo of the completed tapestry diary. I'm so excited about this project, I even ordered a proper hanger for it! Looking forward to starting again August 1st, probably weaving through the end of December this time.
"Piece of Cloth"
Yes, yes, I know it's only the 17th of July, but I have finished the July tapestry diary. I just couldn't stop weaving once I got to the part with the Japanese calligraphy symbol, which means "Piece of Cloth". I wanted to see how it would look and whether or not I was even capable of weaving it into the piece.
I really like the flow of this month's weaving. Love all the reds and just a little bit of sparkle. Having finished early, I now have a couple of weeks time to get the next warp ready and begin again August 1st.
Spent the morning getting my own Saori "fix" and wove this with leftover yarns and fabric strips on the warp that was left from yesterday's group Saori Weave. Turns out, there was enough to make a small banner for outside. The weaving itself measures 18"x8" and I have just the place for it on an outdoor cedar frame adorned with silk sunflowers.
Loom Launch 07/14/2012
First Official Loom Launch and (2nd) Saori Weave Day at Kendrick Kreations was held today from 10am - 4pm. Eight weavers were in attendance, two of which were brand new weavers, three of which were members of the Weavers and Spinners Society of Austin, and all but the two new weavers are members of study groups at Old Oaks Ranch, under the leadership of Letitia Rogers (myself included).
The loom worked perfectly, as I knew it would, and everyone was impressed with how easy it was to operate and how the loom harnesses are controlled by the computer. I was delighted to show off the way this loom works. It is the most recent addition to my studio. Of course, I could not pass up the opportunity to finally get a photo of me weaving on "Sophie", since I had some willing photographers around.
By design, this was also the second Saori Weave Day held here. With everyone taking turns weaving on the Baby Wolf which I had warped and ready to go, we completed a small Saori style banner over the course of about 6 hours. It should be noted that the two new weavers had never woven on a four-harness loom before, and I must say, they took to it like bees to honey! And at the end of the day, we drew a name out of the jar and one lucky lady got to take the banner home. Here's the deal though: Since we all helped weave the banner that Michele got to take home, she must return next time and help weave the banner for someone else to take home. Seems only fair, right? :-)
Michele with her "prize"
Throughout the day, there were quite a lot of different activities going on: Linda brought her new tapestry loom; she needed help warping and putting on the heddles. Sue and Jan brought some very unique fiber projects along that they were working on. Zanna strung some beads for the Saori project and made some really creative warp with yarn from the bucket. Vicki brought some crochet, Michele and Alyce brought some knitting and I plied some handspun yarn.
Shade sails in the sunset......
Of course, no weaving gathering here is complete without a tour of the Weaving Garden. Since the temperature was in the 90's, the tour was short; just a quick look around and signing of the woven rocking chair before calling it a day. Last counted, 15 shade sails help keep the garden and my two labs just a little bit cooler during the hot Texas summers.
Thank you, everyone, for making this day a very special day! Great energy, great people, great food, great weaving! Looking forward to the next time!
July is underway and I am several days ahead of schedule on this one, because I’m anxious to finish weaving the Japanese calligraphy symbol meaning “Piece of Cloth”. This will be the last month on this warp, which started with March. Magnets are working very well, holding the cartoon in place.
Continuing with the colorful and eccentric (some would say "crazy") scheme around my yard, the broken goose and duckling got a facelift this morning. New Duct tape on the neck, a little sari silk ribbon and they're looking good again!
June tapestry diary completed and I cannot believe how fast this month went by! Very pleased with this effort; especially loved weaving the swirls and each one was a little more complicated, by design. The texture in this month's weaving is also pleasing to me. July, which will likely be the last month on this warp, will be in shades of red -- dark reds and I have no particular plan at this point so we'll just have to wait and see what comes to me.
Lydia Kendrick, Fiber Artist, self-employed, home studio business in San Marcos, Texas