Off my Mirrix!
I still have one more three-day run in my summer residency at Fibreworks Studio and Gallery in Madeira Park BC and I’m already done tapestry #2 in my current series. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me, or how much time I’d actually spend weaving during the public residency, so I’m thrilled that I was able to start and finish an entire weaving.
There are just a few more weft ends to sew in and the hanging mechanism to attach and it’s ready for a wall. I’ve estimated that during the 65 hours of residency time I was able to warp up and weave for around 45 hours of it. In the past, before I had childcare, I’d weave an hour here and there, never keeping track of how long any particular piece took, so I’m very happy to have a better idea now. Having a Spencer Power Treadle helped me chug along steadily, too. My treadle is currently being borrowed by one of my students. She spent a lot of time with me on that first stretch of seven days of my residency, and then bought herself a Mirrix. I figure I won’t be weaving again until the end of the month when I hunker down for the third and final weaving in this series at Fibreworks again, so someone may as well enjoy using the treadle in the mean time.
I used white cotton for the handball line against the gray concrete ground. I think that is my favorite aspect of this piece. The cotton is a bit shinier and a lot softer and flatter than the wool, which I’m very satisfied with. In the above detail you can see where to the left of the yellow stripe I interlocked the gray and white, whereas to the right of the yellow stripe I wove a slit and sewed it later. They both have their visual and practical benefits. In hindsight I think I wish I had interlocked the yellow and white stripes for a more blended look. But, there’s always the next piece!
This weaving was woven at 8 ends per inch, measures 39.5″ X 28″ and is woven using wool warp and some cotton weft, but mostly 100% Canadian wool spun at Custom Woolen Mills in Alberta, Canada. I hand-dyed two yellow colorways using the natural dyes osage, weld and fustic.