Thursday, June 13, 2013

I really should have woven it sideways.

I don't know what I was thinking when I warped up the frame.  Maybe it was that the roofline would be lots of straight lines and they are quite long.  But, now that I have started, I realise that the house is set at an angle in my cartoon, so the roofline is not likely to be big long straight lines.  However, the fence and windows do have them, lots of little slits that need lots of sewing up - lots of needles dangling.  Something I am most definitely NOT fond of.
Oh well, it will be good practice for me - and there will be some practice at fixing up bad sewing later, I can already see some places where it will be necessary - and I'm not pulling it back that far now.

The other thing I didn't really think through was that a black and white line drawing isn't really a good final cartoon.  I am having to make up the shading as I go.  This is because I am using two photos of the house, taken years apart, from different angles.

One has really good shadows but lots of trees that obscure the house. The other shows the house better but doesn't have such strong shadows.

As you can see, I have stylised the design a bit too.

So far there has been a bit of pulling out but not too much.  However, it will be one of those things where you do what you think is right and then put in other bits which change how it looks.  (Some colour theory here, which I am researching for another project.) Unlike painting, I can't go over it to change it. I either live with it or take it out.  And that's not easy because of all the bits that overlap! So living with it seems to be the option, let's hope it is not too disappointing.


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Mary said...

Yes, if you are going to have a lot of straight lines, it is better to do them horizontally than vertically. Then it is normal weaving, just changing the colour when necessary, rather than having to sew up the slits, which can sag when the work is mounted, and which can bulge if not done properly.

Anonymous said...

Mary having just spent half a day sewing up slits I know what you mean! It is something most weavers loathe. Actually I think that just using photos to guide a B & W cartoon could be quite liberating because you get create the feeling that you want to convey using different tones. The house looks great. How big is the tapestry going to be ?
Good luck with it. Cheers Pat

Mary said...

Pat, I feel for you! Do you do your sewing up afterwards? I actually gave up for a while today as I had some single warp wraps side by side and the sewing as I go was getting rather complicated, so I hope I can sew them when I finish. I am trying to cheat and have a single line of yarn going across, as part of the windows (the bit I am up to) so the slit is not too enormous.
The cartoon is 42cm wide by 27 high - but I have a tendency to make all my work higher than planned. Usually it is not obvious in my designs but it might impact the house, I might have to more precise than usual.

parlance said...

Such wonderful memories of that great old house. I can't wait to see the finished tapestry. It will have enormous emotional impact, so perhaps you won't 'see' any imperfections.

Anonymous said...

... The smaller slits I do sew up afterwards . Just too hard to do it as I go .

Mary said...

Paarlance, I wrote in my journal the other day that maybe I was taking so long to work on it because it was stirring up memories. It is also a bit confusing at times because i remember things differently from the pictures and try to incorporate them in the weaving. So it will be interesting to see how it finishes.