Finally, I have started working on a new tapestry. I was getting ready to do one that is based on a photo I took at Darebin Parklands (I suppose it is really Rockbeare Park as it is on the Banyule side of Darebin Creek). It is of the cliff near a pond and the particular picture is quite purplish. It must have just been the right time of day at the right time of year. I have others of the same spot that are not nearly so purple. (Actually, it doesn't look all that purple here, but it prints out very purple every time.)
I forgot that you cannot work all the way up a loom, it gets too tight if you work too high. So I had to revise the size of the image when I had warped up the frame. I had intended to do it at about 60cm x 80cm but that would not fit on the loom I had warped up.
I put off starting as I was debating what hitching-on to do. I have tried the traditional hitching-on that requires plaiting of the warps when finished and leaves a white edge. I have also tried the small tapestry hitching-on that does not have such an obvious edge but uses a lot of hitching (and wool, and time).
I have recently found a copy of The Techniques of Woven Tapestry by Tadek Beutlich (a 1986 copy) and he had notes about weaving a small amount that can be turned under when finished. This eliminates the white edge also. I saw this technique when we went to see some of Jennifer Sharpe's work too.
I found the book when I was browsing The Book Depository, a website that sells books online and sends them postage free!! Turns out they did not have it but gave me a link to another site that finds second-hand books (Abe Books) and I ended up getting it from a shop in Healesville, so it came within days!
I kept putting off starting the work. Finally I realised that there was a little voice in my head saying, "You want to do it bigger!" That was why I had been procrastinating so much. So I have warped up a bigger loom and will start work on the tapestry this week - if all goes to plan.
I decided to use the traditional technique, I need the practice with plaiting.
I hope I get it done by the time my work is due to be handed in. I have until November the 5th (Guy Fawkes day - maybe I can let off some fireworks if I get it done in time). I will work on it on campus, so that will mean going in at times apart from class times. Once again, I am hoping to play with some texture techniques and novelty yarns.