Big Dream Tapestry Starts Here

I dream of doing four-shaft tapestry with rosepath threading on my floor loom. I’m not there yet. It is an ambitious goal. I am inching my way toward that goal by facing little problems on my tiny frame loom and working out solutions as I go. Learning to follow a cartoon is part of the process.

Little girl tapestry in process, with Borgs Faro wool.

Little girl is being woven from the back, one row across at a time. The weft is Borgs Fåro wool, a single-ply that packs together nicely for tapestry weaving.

I derived the cartoon for this tapestry from a picture in a children’s book. The cartoon, held in place behind the warp threads, is my constant guide. As I make ongoing judgments about colors and other details, the cartoon keeps me on course and shows me the desired outcome.

Life is full of choices. If I purposely align myself with integrity, like a tapestry weaver following a cartoon, I have a guideline for decisions. But if I carelessly keep things in my path that tempt me, it’s like covering up parts of the cartoon with random post-it notes. The picture gets obscured. Our surroundings can set the stage for making good choices. And one good choice leads to another good choice. That’s the beauty of practicing with small things. When the time comes for four-shaft tapestry, I’ll be ready.

May you flourish in your surroundings.

A step at a time,
Karen

2 Comments

  • linda says:

    maybe inking the warp is the way to go? put the cartoon behind the warp and ink the cartoon lines on to the warp. Mikala Sidor, studied in Paris at Goblan (sp) tapestry and that’s what she learned and taught her students to do. It was very successful for us all. The cartoon stayed out of the way when weaving.
    Your girl looks adorable, I’m sure which ever way you go she will turn out perfect. LPJ, linda

    • Karen says:

      I didn’t show it here, but I also ink the warp. When I’m weaving, the cartoon is held in place at the top, but the paper hangs down loose. Because the warp is so short, the cartoon does get in my way sometimes.

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