Thursday, November 1, 2012


 Finishing late I found this enchanting cloud landscape sunset outside .....

The next day my weaver friend Anne Graebner came and she did the cutting off for me! It was so exiting seeing someone else do it! Anne took those pics of  me with the tapestry, fresh off the loom!

I like this one - it looks like I am wearing it as kimono :-)

Yes!!! Happy smile! It feel so good to finish!

Here, ready for sewing up. This frame makes the task a lot easier. It only provides enough tension for the tapestry to lay straight while sewing, and of course it's great to be able to move the tapestry along as the sewing is done, which makes it more comfortable.
I first encountered those frames when I did restoration work on 16century tapestries in Vienna, and in the late eighties, Ron Doley kindly build this one for me. He used newspaper core reels to make the width (clever man!) It can take a tapestry up to 2m wide (or high).

Now, my loom still has warp on, but, - will it be enough?
I will tackle that when the tapestry is finished,
one thing at the time, - was just wondering ...
The other good news is that I finished my jumper too.
It is a bulky and large jumper, to keep me warm next winter
 when working in my studio. I used two strands of 8 ply, acrylic, but that means it will be easy to wash and dry - something for "everyday".
The other nice news is that the native Scaevola ground cover is flowering! I think it likes it's new place :-)

Until next time, happy weaving and crafting!


K Spoering said...

Congratulations, Vera! It is beautiful!! How clever to do the slit sewing on a quilting type frame. I would never have thought of that. Unfortunately, I got rid of my quilting frame years ago. I've just finished slit sewing, blocking, etc, on my tapestries, so I'm just a bit ahead of you on that. But I just am ready to begin a winter sweater for myself in exactly the same color as yours, so am quite far behind you on that project!
So amazing to see spring beginning there, while we're gearing up or winter here.

Michelle said...

Oh wow, great job Vera! And what an excellent frame for finishing. You look gorgeous with your 'kimono' ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Vera

I'm still blown away by the sheer beauty of your tapestry. The photos don't do justice to it - they don't reveal the subtle colorations and the wonderful textures you've woven into the piece. It really needs to be seen in real life. I'm so thrilled I was able to.

Mary said...

Congratulations! The tapestry looks beautiful. The trees are especially lovely.
The sewing up set-up is also interesting.
i also love your sunset sky.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thank you all very much for your nice comments!

Glennis said...

Congratulations Vera, your tapestry is amazing. I like the way it is in "chapters" so to speak and that each one tells a story.

Misha said...

That is truly a lovely piece of work, Vera. You give me something to aspire to! Thank you.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Glennis and Misha,
thank you for your nice comments! I'm a little late answering, but very happy that you find something that speaks to you in my work. The "proper" photos (where the tapestry is hanging flat :-) are coming soon.
Am finished sewing-up and sewing the backing on now.
Thanks again for commenting!