A cutting off is always somewhat anti-climactic, to some extent.
My first thought is usually, "so now what?" Of course, that's not the case this time, as I know what comes next... beginning again, on an even larger, more daunting tapestry. And it must be begun very soon. As a matter of fact, my few cutting off guests have just barely left, but I have already gone back into the studio to measure the warp remaining on the loom to see if there's enough for the Fall tapestry, or if I'll need to re-warp. Unfortunately, I need to re-warp. I'll start that on Monday. In the meantime, we're going to our mountain cabin this weekend, so I'll take paint and the inspirational materials that I've been collecting for the next tapestry, and will begin on the maquette.
These are pictures from the cutting off: a good supportive friend making her cut; me releasing the tapestry warp from the lower beam; some leftover snacks (see? we'd have had enough for you!); and finally, me holding up the cut off tapestry, with someone holding the maquette up beside it. I'll post a good image of the completed tapestry after the finishing process is completed.