Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Ready to Cut off the Loom
Here I am at the top of my wedge weave tapestry. All done and ready to cut off the loom. This is always a momentus time; a bit scary and a bit exciting.
Recall that this is only my third wedge weave piece... (here is my first one only about five inches high and perhaps an inch and a half wide. Here is my second one...a bit larger at about 12 inches... ) Between the distortion of wedge weave the the changed design of this tapestry, I have no idea whether this piece will come out useable or not. It started as a wedge weave sampler but along the way it turned into a larger tapestry that I would like enter in an upcoming exhibit.
The difficulty of weaving a large tapestry is that one can only see a small amount of the tapestry at a time. In this photo you can see the twining at the top of the tapestry and the portion of the exposed tapestry wrapped around the beam. Although I was happy with each section of the tapestry as I wove it I have no idea whether it has all come together as I see it in my mind. When I started this tapestry it was going to be a landscape shape perhaps 40 by 30 with a pelican at the bottom... but as I wove I changed my mind and shifted to a portrait size with the height more than doubling to about 65.
I say 'about' since I have no idea how the wedge weave will distort when taken off the loom. I did take some steps to lessen the distortion as I wove the piece, but I have no idea whether there will be still too much distortion to make it useable.
Tapestries do take a long time to weave. This one took about a year - not as long as my brick wall but still quite awhile. If it were not for the photos I took along the way I would have no memory of the first foot or two.
I guess I have procrastinated enough - time to go cut it off!