This project from Nancy Harvey’s second DVD is nearly complete. Last week I was working on two sloping shapes with some floating bars. The shapes are the same color, so there’s a challenge to keep them from merging into one. I like the floating bars of color, they’re like hatching without weaving a solid area of highlight color. It’s just a tad difficult to keep the edges looking clean. Between these two sloping shapes I decided to use a gradation of blues. I wanted to see how this would work out, and I like it. I think that it would really look good for sky and water, especially on a larger scale and with some hatching too.
Moving on the next section, I have a small area where I wanted to try a Hachure (pronounced ah-sure) technique. I chose black and grey for this technique, I think it may have looked better with a different color choice, but I like the look of it, and it was enjoyable to weave. I can see where this would be very useful in blending, especially where I want to transition from one color to another. This is the last section, and I find that I’ve allowed my warps to come too close together. I fight with them to try to correct my warp spacing, but this is one of those things where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
My Nancy Harvey book, “Tapestry Weaving – A Comprehensive Study Guide” arrived. Amazon sent me an email notifying me that it’ll arrive on Tuesday 15, Sept – Today. Of course it comes early when I’m out-of-town. I have no idea when it actually arrived, but it was on the front deck – in the rain – packaging was soaking wet when I came home Saturday evening. Thankfully there was very little buckling of the pages. I got the hardcover and personalized it with a book-plate. I love having digital copies of books and magazines. It would be so convenient having my library available everywhere I go, but I forgot how much I like the feel of a book. This book has some weight to it, and I can’t wait to pour through its contents.
My project is almost done. I’m working on “Overlapping Transparent Shapes”. Placing one shape over the other, but being able to see the shape behind it. At first it doesn’t make sense why we would want to do that. Then I think of Shadows and reflections and adding depth to other shapes, or possibly expressing an underlying thought or feeling in a weaving. My shapes are geometrical, but it’ll give me the practice I need to be able to incorporate these elements in future projects. This part of the project gives me practice weaving shapes too. I want to weave selvage to selvage, and I probably could with the shapes I’ve chosen, but she said to weave each shape separately. We’ll see how it looks when I’m done. So far it looks pretty interesting. I’ll be sewing slits before I know it.