Weaving from the back
Finally I have a tapestry update for you. I had some moments with this piece where I wanted to start over, or start something totally different, mostly because I just wasn’t excited about it anymore. And, even though I was having a hard time finding time to do it, I knew that if I were really excited about it would find time. So finally, after taking a weaving break while packing in every spare moment and then moving to a new apartment, I started to weave again. Lo and behold, I was so thrilled to be creating again that it was another sleepless night, and I’m in love with this project again.
So, here it is! It’s coming along and I’m very happy so far. I’m using two hand-dyed yarns and one commercial. They are all fingering weight and I always use some combination of two at once. The indigo blue is a merino yarn that I dyed with indigo, and the chartreuse is the same yarn dyed with acid dyes. The sage is Cascade 220 Fingering, which I believe is new to Cascade, and I highly recommend as a tapestry weaving yarn.
I’m weaving the tapestry backwards, which is really challenging my spacial intelligence. I’m pretty sure there is at least one occasion where I wove over two warps in the front. I’m usually really laid back when it comes to ‘mistakes’, since I like to see them as evidence of the object’s handmade nature, but in weaving this I’ve learned that that does not apply when I can’t look at the mistake close up and decide whether or not to go back and fix it (it’s really hard to see the other side of the tapestry.) So I’m a little nervous about all the mistakes I may find when I take it off the loom.
So why weave it backwards? From what I remember, when weaving tapestry in the past, it was kind of a pain to remember to place my bobbin behind my work when I wasn’t using it, and sometimes I’d forget and then weave up to it with another bobbin and I would be stuck either cutting and threading it to the back or unweaving the stuff next to it (does that make sense?) Also I know a few tapestry weavers who weave backwards, and I thought that if that’s the correct way maybe I should just get into the habit right away. Do any of you prefer to weave backwards, or have convincing arguments for me to switch back to frontwards weaving? I’d love to hear some opinions around this.
Janna Maria Vallee
PS. Here are some more shots of my Mirrix: http://instagram.com/jannamariavallee