There are a few things that have hindered my progress in tapestry weaving: my lack of sketching skills, and a variety of suitable weaving yarn. I’ve always felt I need a decent sized color palate, but perhaps it’s just me. Last year I found an option I could afford – a yarn suitable for tapestry weaving. Timeless Textiles offers, Epic in one of each color in reasonable “put ups.” Late last year I ordered the Designers Pack of 20/2 – Epic Yarn, 114 colors, 150 yards 1/2 ounce put ups. I started school in January, so I’ve had little time to weave or organize all this yarn.
I’d like to store this yarn in something that keeps them out of sunlight and dust, but allows me to view larger groups easily. I’ve found stack-able component storage drawers by Sterilite at the local Evilmart. I can buy as many as I need, and in different configurations. I have a nook in the studio room where they’re a perfect fit. I think I’ll get a couple more in this size to accommodate the larger skeins I’ll eventually replace as they’re used, and some smaller ones for my warp and small sundry supplies. I’ll also need room for yarn I want from Norsk Fjord Fibers, and some silks. I really love the array of colors I have, but it won’t be long before they get lonely. 😉
I’ve decided it’s best to wind the skeins of yarn into center-pull-balls now, as this is something I’m likely to put off when I’m ready to weave. I hope my ball winder is up to the task, so far it’s faring well. It’ll take me some time to wind all 114 skeins into balls, especially since I’m only doing a few at a time in the evening. Luckily there’s been a couple of pretty days to do it outside when I have breaks from school-work. I’ve decided to organize the yarn by color family and color number. I first separated the color families by sight, then organized by number, and divided the yarn by the four drawers I have. As I acquire more yarn, I’ll rearrange the yarn in an attempt to keep color families together without crowding. I want to open a drawer and see the colors easily without digging, so these shallow drawers seem perfect for the task.
I’m left with improving my sketching skills and working on more projects to improve my tapestry weaving techniques – and weaving to create and enjoy. I would like to have a tapestry project to work on this Summer. I bought a book that claims, sketching is a skill that can be learned, as opposed to a talent one must be born with (Drawing on the Right Side of The Brain, Betty Edwards). I have limited time to read and work through it, but it’s a priority on my free time. I’ve also found myself the recipient of the workbook that accompanies this book, and a companion book, thank you, Dear Friend. When I take an inventory of the people in my life, I realize what a blessed life I live. Now, if I could find a place that has Time for sale, I’ll be all set.