I looked over the list of remaining pages of the story to illustrate and selected the one about plover birds, a predator of our heroine Rita, who happens to be a sand crab. In the back of my mind I had been thinking of weaving a tessellation and thought perhaps I could pull off a bird tessellation for this tapestry; I have seen them done in quilts so why not tapestry? It took me awhile to get into the swing of creating a tessellations...particularly after I had taken a look at what plover birds look like. They did not seem to tessellate well.
The best I could come up with was on the left below. The pieces are only 9 by 12 inches including the woven frame so there isn't that much room to fit a flock of plovers. I could have woven this if the sett was smaller and the yarn finer...it would have been a nice piece. But they really didn't remind me of plover birds - more like sparrows. So I decided to try a different design.
The next iteration was not a true tessellation but the birds were more weave-able at my given sett. Since the birds reminded me of chickadees and not plovers, I again went back to the drawing board. The third one were passable plover birds but the design was a bit repetitive and dull from a viewing perspective. At some point, one must cut to the chase and start to weave... For my final design, I went with the one on the right; not a true tessellation but some repetitiveness and shifiting. Once I had a design, I selected colors and off I went to weaving it up.
As of today, the tapestry looks like this - clean, crisp and simple.
But then Rita sighs deeply, her home's far away.
A hot mile through sand, a long swim in the bay.
But from here to go there, will be such a tough featBecause lots of those plover birds now crave a treat.