Just over a year ago – I was asked if I’d be willing to take on a landscape commission… as most of you know – I specialize in portrait tapestry weaving….so you can understand that landscape is a little different for me…. The client had a photograph that her husband took and cherished that she wanted to have as the inspiration for a tapestry… I decided to create a new design so the tapestry wasn’t just a copy of the photograph but became a little more layered – I added the longitude and latitude of where the photograph was taken and also added a secret ingredient of the constellations of the members of their family – secret because it can only be seen at night!
As the tapestry was a gift and the recipient didn’t know about it until it was finished and posted to him – I wasn’t able to post pictures until now….
Here is an image of the glow in the dark thread – whilst the tapestry was still being woven – you can see the bobbins with the glow in the dark thread hanging!
The tapestry has been woven using Appletons crewel wool and some polyester glow in the dark thread…The warp was cotton and all woven at 10 epi
The last 18 months have been amazing – I loved weaving up at Stirling Castle on the Hunt of the Unicorn (which was finished in December – will be on display in late spring). I do miss being there and the comradery with the staff at the castle. I don’t, I admit miss the drive there and back every day!
2 weeks ago I started a new part time job at The Dovecot Studios Edinburgh, I am delighted to be part of an amazing weaving team and have been welcomed very warmly!
Part time suits me very well as I am able to carry on with family life and commission commitments that I have. The pallette of colours that I’m weaving with at the moment couldn’t be further from the medieval pallette that I’ve been used to the last 18 months. The piece I’m working on just now as part of a team is by Victoria Crowe. It is a huge piece being woven in many panels and the colours are glorious!
Just back from a wonderful week away at my most favorite place in the world – Loch Fyne.. It didn’t matter about the weather or the midges – we had a great time!
While we were there I did a little day trip to Loch Gilphead to meet another contemporary weaver Louise Oppenheimer whose work I have seen online on various sites. She has a studio set up at her home near Loch Gilphead.
I had never met Louise before – she was very gracious in letting us visit out with her open studio times and it was a delight to talk ‘tapestry’ with her.
Her Studio is a very light and airy extension to her house – and the walls are literally filled with sumptuos flow of colour…..
Her wool and materials collection made me smile as its similar to mine and I often feel guilty for having so much – but I don’t now! It waqs great talking tapestry to Louise and its obvious she is very passionate about tapestry weaving – she is full of ideas and has many little pen line ideas in her sketchbooks – her tapestries as well as colour are full of natural rythm and pattern which seduce you as you look at them.
You can see an article on Louise in Sept/Octs copy of ‘Landscape’
I often run classes from my studio in Dennistoun – Please watch this space to find out future dates – thank you.
My classes that I run are very small only 3 people maximum per class – so you do almost get one to one tutoring! This does also mean that they can fill up very quickly indeed.
I also occasionally run a wee ‘weavers knot’ – where weavers can bring along the project they are weaving on and weave! I often do them when I’m weaving a project or commission – so I’m weaving too! Great fun and lots of textile chat goes on! A small fee is asked for to cover teas and coffees. If you think you might be interested in taking part in a ‘weavers knot’ please do contact me!
I am also willing to do one to one tutorials and I am fairly flexible with dates and will add extra dates if people wish. My classes are small as I hold them in my studio which is where I keep a large stock of yarn, I also think that if the classes are small they are more personable to each students needs.
this is the start of new work, inspired from my other love …colour! each strand is made up from many tiny handwoven pieces and represents a plant from my wee garden , ie daisy, the rose at my front door ‘brave heart’ ,pink cowslip and some others , for me its quite a large piece made up from lots of tiny pieces each about the size of a stamp. the shape comes from my teachings of the colour wheel to florists. It feels a good start to many ideas.I love working with colourways and my love of weave…it felt right to make each piece of either cotton or linen which of course is made from plants.
sorry for the lack of posts and pictures, I have been kinda overwhelmed with orders and working all spare hours in the new studio. I will try and get some pics up! I’m off to oban this friday to take some scarves to a shop who is intertested- and am possibly going to start asking other potential places too.
Hopefull I’ll manage to get the rest of my things in the studio – loom is still wrapped up in the garden awaiting transport and so is the smaller wooden one inside and also my grandfathers stand which I use to sit on when weaving.
At last i finished this commission! This has been my hardest tapestry yet I think! I am pretty happy with it! Though always as an artist I always feel I’d weave it a little differently now if I was to start again!
This tapestry is about 29 x 20 cm and is hand woven using linen and cotton.