Saturday, March 3, 2012
A LEARNING CURVE
One thing about using different materials in tapestry is that you don’t always know how things will turn out. I decided to use some number 6/12 black warp that has been hanging around in the cupboard for about 20 years, never certain if it would show through in a tapestry. After weaving a few passes in wool.....yes it does show. I found that the mercerized cotton packs down in the weaving far differently from wool. This is the first time that I have woven a tapestry in cotton alone. It is nice to weave with, packs down easily, has less elasticity and comes in a good variety of colours that you can blend. But it is difficult to photograph. The cotton has a sheen and the tapestry a non smooth surface so one thing that I have learned is to take lots of photo’s as many of them are out of focus due to the reflection and surface of the tapestry. This tapestry is my ‘Circles and Squares’ challenge, 20 cm H X 20 cm W and has now been posted off to the exhibition which will tour New Zealand and Australia this year.