Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Water - all the way

Here is my "From the Mountains to the Sea"

The top strip shows the spring - with a small waterfall emptying into a lake - second strip - from there going to the left into the third part, which is the river - and to the right flowing into the sea underneath - with a little surf to the left,  against a coast line.

I like the idea of the mountains mirroring in the lake --wonder what others think of the overall idea.

I have used mainly hand spun silk, some recycled Sari silk for the 3 separating bars, some viscose embroidery yarn, acrylic mohair and metalized polyester - for silver and blue glittery bits, which unfortunately don't show up in the pictures.(scans).

If there is one thing I don't yet have enough experience with - it is how to keep the edges straight. I have no problem at all when weaving larger tapestries, but in the confines of 20 cm I get surprises every time.
I think that it is the hand spun silk. It is extreemly unforgiving when it comes to weft tension and partly confusing, because of the natural un-eveness of my hand spun (I refuse to spin like a machine, - it is part of the charm of the hand spun - in my opinion :)
I seem to have the knack of it over larger distances - but I am far from perfect in this format. I will give it more practice in my next tapestry.
And to top it off - I actually didn't realize that my warp was 21.5 cm wide - giving me measurements of 21.5 cm x 19 cm ( 8 1/2" x 71/2"). The requirements for max size is 20cm x 20 cm and I will have to find out, if my measurement is still acceptable, or if I have failed and the tapestry won't be accepted...( for the AusNZ Tapestry Group exhibition) I will let you know!
We are having rather hot weather for a week already and according to forecast another week to go - which is tiring because it is partly overcast and definitely doesn't cool down enough over night - Temps are between 21 to 23 degrees over night, between 31- 35 degrees day over 38 by next week, sigh!
Love my air con over night - but dream of cooler weather.

My little fig tree in the pot, decided to surprise me and is growing a baby fig - at the end of the top leaf stem. That will be nice, I won't say no, after all, it's something to look forward to  :-)

Wishing you all a good week and lots of creative time - yes, already have a design for the next tapestry ...

Cheerio - until next time.


K Spoering said...

Lovely, Vera! Water is one of my current obsessions, too, (if you'll pardon the pun.)
Seems like you got this one done very quickly!

Mary said...

Hi Vera,
I am waiting for the weather to cool down too! I think we get our weather from your part of the world, except when the icy stuff comes up from the Antarctic - and I wouldn't mind some of that at the moment.
Anyway, I really like your Mountains to Sea piece. It makes me look at it closely, just to see the mountains, how you have done the sea, etc. And I LOVE textured tapestries, so it is encouraging to see you have used all those different yarns. And I don't feel so bad about the less than perfect sides I do when such an experienced weaver as you has a problem. You have inspired me to blog about my one, which had problems! They are not completely resolved but I have sent it off anyway. I hope yours is accepted! I look forward to seeing it when it gets to Melbourne.

Mary said...

Hello again,
I have just looked at the larger view of your tapestry and think you are being a bit hard on yourself - the only not straight bits are the textured yarns and they add to the character anyway.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Hi Kathy,
Thank you for your nice comment! I like your photos (with water :) very much too!! Wish I could take my Kajak out there with you, though I have no experience with sea Kajaking - so I guess it's better that I can not :-)back to weaving!

Hello Mary,
Thank you for your nice comment! I think one is always one's worst critic, - I think it keeps me on my toes, trying...
I am glad that you like it!
The weather is supposed to be cooler again tomorrow - can hardly wait :-)

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

PS: yes my tapestry will be accepted, so you will be able to see it in person when it comes to Melbourne :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Mum,

I'm so happy for you that your tapestry has been accepted in the exhibition. :-)
I think you've done such a lovely job.
I really like the blues in the piece and the way the spring pours out into the sea with the foam of water bubbling.
I'm very impressed with the level of detail in this piece especially considering it's such a small tapestry!
I have to agree with Mary too. The only unevenness I see is where I expect to see it, in the more textured yarn.
I think you've done wonderfully! Congratulations! :-)

Your fig is looking really great too. :-) I hope it continues to grow and fruit well. I'm looking forward to getting our new manderine into its new home (thank you from us both!) this week.

Wishing you a good week ahead
with lots of love

Mary said...

Hello again Vera,
I have just packed up the tapestry exhibition here in Melbourne. It is heading your way, to the SA Handweavers and Spinners guild.
I just wanted to say how lovely your work it - and the inclusion of the sari silk was inspired. It is gorgeous.

Vera L Hazelgrove said...

Thank you mary! I am happy that you like my work, it's so nice of you to let me know!