Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sidetracked


I have been busy with 4 chairs I happen to discover in an op shop (when we got lost and asked for directions there, talk about "coincidences" ...). I decided to sand and re varnish them and give them new seat covers. Then I found out how much work chairs are, they have too many surfaces!! and all the dust, even tho I did all the machine sanding outside the studio. Anyway, they are finished now and I am very happy with them! They fit to my dining table perfectly. I know now why people have Spinning chairs. I am not using the "new" chairs,
- I have a nice colonial looking chair with wide angled legs and supports between them. The ideal spinning chair!
It took me 1 hour to vacuum the studio and another hour to clean everything! That will teach me! :-)
Now back to tapestry, I finished the starter strip today.
ready to go now! see you next time!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Introducing Karley


I mostly sign my mails with "Vera & Karley" and people apparently wonder if that is my partner, my daughter or ... ? Karley is a Golden Retriever x! - and what is a dog doing in my signature? She is a Seeing Eye Dog - SEDA. Very special, very clever, my friend and part of " the team - Vera & Karley".
I am vision impaired, legally blind having tunnel vision, which means I see as good as anybody else my age, but only a very small amount of it. When I sit at my loom I am safe. I am also used to everything in my home, though I get occasions where I misjudge things, to the distress of Karley, who never does something like that (grin)!
But when I go out I depend on Karley to guide me. I get lost very easily unless I know where I am and she remembers bus stops, and shops and even the supermarket isles, the pet isle, where the bread or the milk is and of course the meat....
So here is to my dedicated friend, Karley! Photo is from a visit to a friend and yes, it's a fleece rug, Karley knows where it's best to sit! :-)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Stand for frame loom


Up til now I have been using my painter's easel as stand for my frame loom, but it is inconvenient to keep changing around between canvas and weaving. I have made a stand just for my loom. It is a simplified version of my painter's easel in as much as it only has one option with two pegs for the loom to sit on - the height which is comfortable for me, sitting on a chair in front of it. Today the varnish is nicely dried. Absolutely no colored paint splatters anywhere, (grin!) which is a nice change too! .
The photo shows the empty frame loom on the stand, but I will clamp it on, once I have warped it. Started warping today too, - though I am still busy with the designs for a smaller tapestry on this small loom and a larger one for the loom in my studio. I will catch up when I have more to show!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finished commission




It has been a new experience for me to weave the same design twice (- as in composition), - but as mirror image. The first tapestry has a Summer theme, the second a Spring Theme.
These two tapestries have been woven for the chapel/quiet room at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Adelaide. They are 45 cm ( 17.5") wide x 95 cm (37.5") long and free hanging. Both the same size though the photos are slightly different sizes.
The first two photos show details of each tapestry. (having to get used to posting yet :-)

Now I'm looking forward to start something new and am busy planing and choosing ...