I’ve decided that my next piece will be a tribute to my friend Joy, to be shown at her memorial service. It’s a fairly ambitious design, featuring several photos of Joy , plus some of the things that were most important to her. I’m currently in the layout stage, making sure that all the images are correctly placed. I’m not entirely sure whether I can get good enough resolution on some of the more detailed images, so there will probably be other tweaks during the conversion process.
The difficult part is that the memorial service is next Sunday, so I have only nine days to finish the design, convert it to something weave-able, do the weaving, and finish it. I think I can do it, but it will be tight.
Here’s a rough draft of the piece:
It will be woven 29″ wide (finished width probably more like 27″). The blue background will feature the blue painted warp, the orange lines will be the orange warp. The yellow sections will be woven with threads made with real gold – though I have to check whether I’ll have enough to weave the entire piece.
Given that I have a piece with a tight timeline, it’s a good thing that I’m almost done with the loom prep! Here are some photos from the various stages.
First, a moment of panic halfway through tying the new warp to the old. Could this rat’s nest possibly be salvaged?
Well, sometimes a hopeless tangle turns out to be easier than you’d think to straighten out. This photo was taken about fifteen minutes later, after gently teasing the knots forward through the heddles and reed:
Still messy but no longer hopeless!
The second batch of knots went even more smoothly:
Since it was my first attempt at tying on, a few missed threads and un-done knots were only to be expected. Those took about three hours to fix, but here I am now, neatly arranged in front and back:
The next step will be debugging, so I’ll weave a short header and then some twills whose sole purpose is to reveal any errant threads. And after that, I’ll be ready to weave samples for the memorial piece!