|Posted by Tonyascutebydesign on March 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM|
I as a person have been branching out into other art expressions. Playing my Banjolele, working more in tapestry, Exploring Rug Hooking and Russian needle punch, Rainbow dying, Backstrap Weaving and even more recently twining. Most of these I have played with sometime in the past but now they’re being revisited more in depth.
The Backstrap weaving I played with before I bought myself a loom and I will tell you I thought it was a bit simplistic. Though I am seeing some beautifull and complicated weaves coming out of South Amereica As I hear more and more people tell me they don’t have the funds or space for a loom but would still like to weave, I think it’s time we revisited it. So we are offering a basic Backstrap Weaving class designed to create your own backstrap just in case you get bit by the weaving bug.
I looked at the selection of TCBD yarns and fibers and realized there was a bit of a rut going on and I decided it was time to try a new technique. I rainbow dyed some mohair locks and was really pleased with the results. (And it’s sale!) So I have worked out how to perform this method as a class and hope that the inspiration of spring will revive us all!
Russian needle punch and rug hooking are similar forms of surface design, but we aren’t quite ready to try them out yet. Our Navajo weaving is almost complete but we are at the last few inches and the work must go carefully. I have already planned my next piece, and my next modern tapestry but I have a few I need to finish first.( and I need a better loom…._)
The last little bit to interest me is Twining. I have used it before at the top and bottom of tapestry, Basket weaving, and explored it a bit in tapestry but have been inspired to use it as a tapestry technique in itself. We will have to see where this goes.
Keep your eyes open, as we explore brave new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations…