21 November 2009

Finally...photos of a tapestry in progress!

Dive right in, the water is fine. While I haven't always believed this, I've often found it to be true. Once I've gotten past the tentative, stick my toe in just a bit, the water usually is perfectly fine! So, here goes.....

The loom is a 22" Mirrex. (The loom partially showing in the background is my big Macomber, 12 shafts, 18 treadles, 48" weaving width~~love this loom~~his name is Harry)

I am noticing many things about this piece that definitely need improvement! The only plan I have is to finish the piece and practice warping the loom again, then do another heart, then possibly another. I'm drawn to the blue/brown color way. I would like to just keep playing with that, and hopefully in the process improve on the weaving technique. I am using 3 tapestry weaving books as guides: Tapestry Weaving by Nancy Harvey, Tapestry Handbook:The Next Generation by Carol Russell, and Tapestry Weaving by Kirsten Glasbrook. And 7 years ago I took a short tapestry workshop using a pipe loom.

The heart is woven from side to side instead of the bottom up. So I will also get to practice sewing up the long slits that are the borders! I am using the heart shape as practice, with the thought that that will help me later with the curves of a greyhound neck, head, chest...etc...

Now, it looks to be about practice, practice, practice.

08 November 2009

Spinner Joins the Family!

The dear little girl is only 4 months old in the top photo! I took her hiking in Mount Laguna, Californina and let Traveler go to a "day spa" at my mom's house. She does love her new brother. Traveler is a rescued race-track dog. He's a bit of a no-nonsense type of guy, but he's really trying with our new puppy.

Filling Holes In Lieu of Breaking Hearts

As promised, here are a few photos of the principle characters. My sweet boy, Jack, left a hole in our hearts when he passed. Holes often beg to be filled. Traveler (above), Jack's best buddy for years, and I, are using that hole in our hearts as an excuse to raise a puppy! Her name is Spinner. She is from the same rescue group as Jack and Traveler. She is a puppy. Her mother is a Greyhound and was rescued from a backyard breeder. Her father? The general belief is a Borzoi. She is now 5 months and getting big! Of course, she's a puppy; we love her in spite of it!