Sunday, August 31, 2014

A Stole for my friend, the Deacon

When a deacon friend,  saw the “Brooklyn” design, she asked me if I would do a stole for her with a “tree of life” on it. Deacons wear the same stoles as priests, but draped over to the side. I did one based on the tree in the “Brooklyn” design, then I saw this one, a Shaker design.It just seemed so lovely, so I drafted it out. I was up until about 3 A.M. in a fog of delight. So far, so good, but, as ever, the “proof is in the pudding” so I won’t know until I get the samples woven how it really is going to work. I am thinking about some other motifs to add to it. I am going to design a little cross for the part that goes behind the neck that is in the same style as the tree.I wonder if I will EVER exhaust the design possibilities of this technique? I guess the next step for me is to try FIVE colours and also blending. DEEP BREATH. AND I need to get the elift working on my 40-shaft loom!

Saturday, August 30, 2014


A couple of "art camp" summers. Highlights!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Wyverns!!!in Taquete

Taken from Nancy Spies’ lovely needlework designs, “Here Be Wyverns” - an old, old term for dragons and fantastical beasts.
Fun to draft.
For 32 shafts.
I think I overdid the “blur” filter.
These might be worked up as bookmarks

Cahaba Lilies

Working on a taqueté of our beloved "Cahaba Lilies" It involves getting the colours as basic as possible. On the bottom is the original photo, on the top is the first try at getting it into a "taqueté-friendly" form. I will "lose" the leafy background...maybe.
It's times like these that I wish I had a Jacquard loom. Well, perhaps someday.
In the meantime, with 40 shafts, I can do quite a lot. the trick is drafting it correctly.