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I’ve gotten about another inch done on the tapestry. The lower part will have more blocks of solid color, but as I get higher, there will be more color mixing such as in this detail:

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That is where the sacking needle comes in handy.

I think that the solid chunks of color near the bottom will help balance the large dark areas that will be near the top.

I’m taking Jude Hill‘s Considering Weave class online this summer. Jude has the only online art classes that I can actually get all the way through. I’ve subscribed to several of them, and I take lots of time to do them, which means I am normally way behind the others in the class and I don’t comment much. That’s okay because one of the reasons I do visual art is because I get tired of words.

She asked us to consider different things that can be used as looms. I admired another artist, Linda, who posted photos of her birch bark weavings. On my way to work yesterday I found a piece of sycamore bark with three small holes in it. I carefully cut out another hole to match and poked a few needle holes and started playing with it. Oh, it was such a big old messy spider web of silk thread. Then it wanted to be an eye, so I let it.

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It’s sitting atop one of the cloth weavings I’ve been working on from an earlier class of Jude’s.