Bark Park

February 15th, 2018

Working on a tapestry design of tree branches and spent the morning at Morris Arboretum sketching trees. Came across an area I didn’t know about called a Bark Park.

Image of Bark Park sign

Had to take time from my sketching and shoot these wonderful textures.

Image of Tall Stewartia Bark Image of Paperbark Maple Bark

Image of Bark Image of Kaizuka Chinese Juniper Bark

New Loom

February 7th, 2018

Thought I’d end up getting a Mirrix loom but not for a year or so – then when I joined ATA I saw that I’d get 10% off if I got one within three months – so I figured I needed to see how it went sooner but then I saw they were having a 20% off on the one I wanted…so my cheap little heart spent money to save money… and guess what came today!!!

Image of my new Mirrix loom

In the mean time I thought I’d review basics as I know more in my brain than in my fingers and while I’d like to experiment with my 6 epi loom at 12 epi, I was still waiting for 20/6 warp which has not been available for several months – so I warped up my 8 epi and experimented with different wefts etc.

Image of my latest tests.

Been experimenting with Harrisville Highlands yarn and planning to place an order as I’m weak on spring colors – yellows, greens etc.

About 30 min after the Mirrix came I got an email from The Woolery that my 20/6 warp has been shipped. Opps – with this warp I want finer Weavers Bazaar yarn….. What’s a girl to do???

American Tapestry Alliance

January 31st, 2018

ATA ( American Tapestry Alliance) had an interesting event last week. A Blog Tour! Over a period of days we were invited to visit a selection of artist blogs (and one Instagram video) where posts were posted for the event. It was very fun, informative and inspirational! If you left a comment, posted an image and/or entered their small tapestry exhibition you were eligible to win a prize.

I commented, posted and entered and won a prize!!! A goodie bag from Halycon Yarn in Maine. I have purchased yarn from them in the past and visited them this summer with Holly. Can’t wait to see what’s in it. Not only that, my post (an image of my sketchbook with designs for my “She Howled at the Moon” tapestry) was used in the final days to promote the event. I’m taking both of these events as signs from the universe that I may be on a right tract…. Always looking for signs—don’t know if that good or bad but I do it! So, I’m currently a happy camper.

With all this said, now I have to get my act together and design and weave a small tapestry. Would like to use my 6 dent Hokett at 12 epi, but waiting for warp, so… I might use my 8epi or… and here’s the big OR… Years ago (years and years) Bob made me a beautiful tapestry loom and I have never even warped it as my life took different twists and turns. It’s time for it to stop being Decorative.

Image of tapestry loom made by Bob Emmott

So, I’m researching how to warp this loom, checking my warps, and thinking how much I can accomplish before March. Might also warp up the 8 epi Hokett just in case! Then working on my designs.

At the same time I’ve had some thoughts on combining my stitching with my poetry, but that’s a post for another day!

Poem

January 15th, 2018

Took a poetry workshop this past weekend at Woodmere Art Museum with Ursula Rucker.
Never studied writing or poetry (since high school and…) and want to incorporate words in my work, this sounded interesting as a good place to start—and it was! Small group—5 plus Ursula. We listened to music and just wrote what came to us…several of the women had written poems before and their work off the top of their head was so strong. Mine responded to the rhythm of the music and perhaps where my life is right now.

Image of my writing journal

WE CAN DO THIS …

Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run;
Everywhere — up/down, here/there;
STOP!

Think—what/why/when,
You/me/them/us/all;
Sway—
TOGETHER

Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance, Dance,
Round and round and round and round.
Still a pluse—still hanging on
STOP!
Then start again

Look, Look, Look;
See that, see this -Look, look – LOOK
Closer and closer
I see you. Do you see me?

Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run;
We can run
TOGETHER;
Take my hand—Run, Run, Run;
This way, that way—over and over and over;
Is there anything else?
Life goes on —the world still turns – who knows why
I don’t. BUT, I’m glad you’re here!

Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run;
Together, step outside the race,
Slow down and Dance, Dance, Dance!

Joy in darkness when you are with me—I am not alone—hold my hand—in the dark/in the light;
I am strong —you are too —we are strong—all are strong —we can do this
TOGETHER
Circles, Circles, Circles – Round and Round and Round—all of us
TOGETHER

Night/Day, Night/Day—Work/Play, Work,/Play
Sleep/Love, Sleep/Love —Think/Feel, Think/Feel
All of it—LIFE

Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run;
In this world and the next
Run, Run, Run, Run, REST/Enjoy—REST/Enjoy
Run, Run, Run, Run, Run, Run;
All the world —TOGETHER!

Needs work but I had fun. Thanks, Ursula, for opening a door!

Moon Tapestry

January 13th, 2018

Haven’t posted in a while – holidays take their toll on my own work. Did get our cards designed and sent and tried to work on the little holiday project Rebecca suggested… but didn’t get started until after New Years so I decided to use a winter theme instead of a Christmas one. I got out my pen and made sketches of a simple moon lit scene, found yarns among my stash and warped my 6 dent Hokett loom at 12 epi.

Image of weaving set up with Hokett loom Image of weaving set up with Hokett loom

I was excited as I liked my design and was eager to work on curves with eccentric wefts. BUT… in my excitement I worked on the new skills and seem to have forgotten my old ones – as a result my weaving pulls in and I’m not a happy camper!

This was to be titled “She dances by the light of the moon” but has been changed to “She howls at the moon”!

Summer Sketches

November 22nd, 2017

Never posted about our trip to VT this Sept. We had put off figuring out what we wanted to do for our anniversary. Finally it was a few days before and we decided we should do something and we didn’t want to go south as there were terrible storms etc and reports said they could effect the north eastern coast so we figured we’d go to northern VT. Bread and Puppets were having a last of the season performance and that could be fun. We headed to VT and it turned out they had a heat wave—in the 90’s—but we stayed in Rochester VT and saw Peter Brooke’s exhibit at Big Town Gallery and one evening headed south to see Susan Abbott’s exhibit at Gallery North Star which were both great! BUT…Bread and Puppets on a 90 degree day… Once the sun goes down things cool off quickly and the evenings were lovely but that heat and a hot mountain sun… nope!

Image of sketches done in VT Image of sketch in VT

I did these sketches early in the morning before Bob woke up from the window in our room—well not the berries—they were done on a little hike we took. I think they might turn into a print design…
Image of sketch done in VT
This morning was very foggy and this sketch was done as the fog was burning off.

So, we left Sunday and headed home and since we had planned on taking off Monday—we did—we went down the shore—to Cape May Point and the weather was perfect and we had a most wonderful end of summer day!!!

Image of feet on the beach
Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving and as much as I love fall, I miss summer!