I added a page today and a new listing to my Etsy shop - custom woven pet portraits!
I finished this one today, Levi. I like it a lot, surprisingly I like the colors even though it's not my usual color palette. But it is similar to his colors and I liked the green background so I went with it.
I'm very excited about these - I really want to work on more so if you are interested, check out the page here or contact me about it through my contact page or my Etsy shop!!
I've decided to start a weekly series with each post showing off a weaving artist, weaving style, technique, or even one particular weaving that is or has inspired me.
Today I am starting with Janette Meetze, a tapestry weaver whose blog can be found here - http://jmeetzestudiocommonthreads.blogspot.com
The above image is her 2014 tapestry diary. It's so beautiful and I am amazed by the detail, colors, and shapes. I'd love to try a diary myself. I'd have to think about if it is possible with the size of my loom - I don't want to only have room for the diary, I need the space on it for other pieces. It is something to think about, though I need to decide quickly I think, since January is halfway over already.
This next tapestry by Meetze is called 'The Mango Hunters'. The depth and realism of the fruit and bowl are so good. Again, I love the colors and the details - especially the leaves on the sides peeking out beyond the border.
Looking through Meetze's blog has been wonderful to me in terms of ideas to try and things to learn about. Honestly, a lot of what she talks about is beyond me, as she works with looms I haven't had the chance to try yet and uses terms and techniques I don't know about. But I am interested in learning about them and looking at her work has me excited about the possibilities!
I finished three woven keychains today. I like making these - they're pretty quick and cute. These are in three color schemes - warm colors, rainbow, and cool colors. Each one also has a piece of silvery, shiny ribbon that has a rainbow in it in at the right angle or in the right light.
It's a bit difficult to capture the rainbow in the ribbon, I hope it shows up enough in the photos for people to see. It's cool ribbon, I have it on my desk here and it's shining bright and colorful in my desk light.
I didn't take pictures of the backs this time but they have felt on the back as opposed to the fabric on the back of my first keychain and my first pins. I've started using felt because it's easier - with the fabric, I have to fold the edges in and sew it together to avoid fraying. The felt looks just as nice, though I don't have the pattern options, and it is definitely easier to just sew right on.
I gave doing a more complicated weaving a try. I decided to make my little dog's face.
It was really difficult. I knew it would be hard but I wanted to try anyway. I think it came out well!! The whiskers didn't come out right but otherwise I like it a lot. The eyes were very hard to do. I had fun with this though and I want to do my other dog next.
Christine, artist and maker