Wednesday, February 28, 2018

We Persist....



I think Persistence is a good characteristic for a tapestry weaver! I began this small 8x10" tapestry a bit more than a week ago. I was determined to get it done for the ATA small tapestry exhibit, which I had entered before the loom was even warped, and for which the finished piece is due very soon! Knowing it must be done quickly, I warped it at only 8epi, and wove it with doubled weft, except for the face area, where I used singles.


This first half wove very quickly, done in 2 days, while I was watching a bit of evening Olympics.


The eyes and mouth are always my biggest challenge, so weaving the face with singles was helpful.


The hat! I knew I would add some 3-D buttons to the tapestry, so decided to add texture to the hat brim for balance. That seemed appropriate anyway, since I had also knit the hat quickly, with bulky yarn. So I used a bit of that same yarn for the hat brim, woven at 4epi.



Almost there! I do begin and end with a 1/2" hem, as well.


I had several small 'woven sketches, each about 4x4", that had not yet been blocked, so I blocked the 'selfie' tapestry and the other small tapestries all together in a 'Block(ing) Party.'


The finished tapestry. It is 8x10" and will be in the ATA exhibit in conjunction with Convergence in Reno, NV this coming summer. It is based on this selfie that I took the morning of the 2nd Women's March in January. I wore the hat and participated in both last year's and this year's Marches. I persisted.


In the meantime, I have entered the tapestry in an online competition of self portraits. If you'd like to help a tapestry win this competition (which is otherwise paintings) you can vote for this piece at this link:
http://www.jerrysartarama.com/contests/self-portrait/2018

Or, find another piece to vote for, or submit your own self portrait! (If you submit one, let me know, and I'll go vote for you!)

11 comments:

  1. Done! You’ve got my vote, Kathy! Nicely done portrait, looking forward to seeing it in person in Reno.

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  2. I love it!! Thanks for showing the process. That was a fast weave!

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  3. Gorgeous and thank you so much for showing us your process. And thanks for persisting!

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  4. It's fabulous! Online voting doesn't begin until April 16. Will you remind us?

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  5. Someone posted a link to this on the Mirrix closed facebook group so I bet a lot of our folks are visiting it. I love this tapestry, I love your face, I love your hat, I love everything about it!

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  6. I saw that the post was shared on the Mirrix page, and I Have been getting lots of visits from there! That’s great, and this tapestry WAS woven on a Mirrix loom! Thank you all, for your visits!

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  7. So beautiful! I love your work.

    Love Marga from The Netherlands

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  8. I just took a portrait weaving class and this is fantastic....I love it.

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  9. Thank you, @Spiderlady! Have fun with weaving portraits- one of my favorite things to weave!

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