This is the post as written a couple of weeks ago (November 26th, to be exact), I hope it still makes sense.
I had plans to twist and turn the slits and make it all join up - in a very 3D way. Those plans are on hold for the moment because of the exhibition. The way I planned to sew it together would make it very different from the other two small tapestries I have done, so I have taken the curator's advice and will leave it in its current state - almost.
|When I hold it up, the weaving develops a slight curve.|
I decided that I wasn't that happy with how I had finished off the weaving, as I had been going to braid it. So now I am doing the (very!!) tedious job of double half hitching using cotton, with the work off the loom.
I have been a bit concerned about how to dye the threads without having the dye getting onto the actual weaving, or wicking up the threads. I have had several helpful messages, suggesting water colour paint, food dye (not sure if you can get black, assume so) and procion dye.
Then I went with a friend to visit Kraft Kolour and Bonnie, lovely lady, got out some cotton yarn, some black sun dye and painted the yarn there and then. It took the dye well and didn't rub off.
I decided to try some leftover warp threads before launching into working on the actual piece and painted them with the sun dye. I left it in the sun for a while. It says on the bottle to heat set the dye (when using it on fabric) but when I washed it, no colour came out. So I will be big and brave tomorrow, if the sun comes out (it is forecast to be thundery), and paint the warps.
I am hoping to cut them off later, braid the ends, and sew it up as I had originally planned, so I don't want the dye to go all the way up to the weaving.