Saturday, December 11, 2010

Weaving clouds, spinning clouds ...

Clouds appear on the sky, - it is fun to weave clouds!
the black small mark on the warps above the clouds (left)
is the END line.
I am hoping to get the tapestry finished before it gets too hot in my studio. It doesn't look so far off, but it is still quite an area to go. One pick at the time ...

This is the top of the sail and mast of the boat
with the little flag - more golden yellow sky
colour to go ...

I am spinning kid mohair, hand dyed
with darker and light shades of blue and
a little of violet.
I use Earth Palette cold water dyes.

I flick card the locks and they get all fluffy like clouds. I spin straight from those and enjoy it very much.

This is how it look spun on the bobbin.
I like the sheen of the kid mohair! When I am
finished I will ply it with some superfine merino which I have already spun.

I will update again before the end of December.
For anyone who is going away: Have a good holiday!


kaite said...

your clouds are soft and gentle, no storm clouds down there Vera? such a tiny little flag on top of the sail, love the dots and how on earth did you manage to make them keep in a circle? mine would have been an ellipse! what's the purpley mohair for - more of the tapestry or for knitting? i can absolutely feel it's softness. warm hgz, k.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

No, not putting storm clouds in the way of my boat :-) The ring is made from tiny craft pearls which I wove into the flag.
The kid mohair, - I am just spinning it up (making space) I have some superfine merino similar colour to spin, to ply it with and usually by the time I finish, I know what I want to do with it. For now I just enjoy the colour and the feel of it, it is very nice soft!
hugs, Vera

David Agnew said...

What a fascinating process.

I am intrigued at how you can envisage what you want to achieve and then translate that back to the sort of wool and the colour in order to achieve it.


Anonymous said...

How exciting to be so close to the end line! I wish you much success and cool morning weather. :-)
I really like the clouds, I think you've captured the fluffiness just perfectly. The little flag is very charming. I think the craft pearls were a good idea. :-)
I really love that sheen on the kid mohair. I can almost feel how soft and fluffy it is. :-)

I wish you many more happy hours spinning and weaving!

Tikarma. xxx

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thanks for your nice comment David, - tapestry weavers like to say that they are "painting with wool", but I admit, to get the translation right, takes a while to learn. Now I do it automatically and very much enjoy it! Have a good weekend and keep warm!! Vera

Hi Tikarma, thank you for your support, I am glad you like the result! Yes, the weather forecast is going my way - cool weather til middle of next week!! and I reached the end line with the sky colour on the right hand side today (5.30pm - working over time :-)
Now for all the rest to reach there too ...
So do you think the kid mohair would be nice in a scarf for next winter?

(((herzlich!))) xOOOx