Which brings me to the colors: I have to look at my yarns and see if I have the right colors and those that I do not have, I have to buy. I've had to buy various shades of brown for the dogs but for Audrey I needed some for her skin and hair. I had what I needed for her dress and the background. For these portraits, I mostly need thinner yarns, though for this one, I ended up buying two chunky yarns that were problematic later.
When I'm ready to begin weaving, I use scrap string or yarn and tape to attach the line image to my loom. It hangs behind the weaving as I create it, I just fill in the shapes based on the color blocked image on my iPad. The process gets difficult the more you fill in; this is because for each of the dogs and for Audrey, the face is most complicated and I have kept the faces in the center.
It's hard for me not to criticize my work – and I'm usually pretty harsh. I will keep my negative comments here brief, for my own mental health. That being said, I feel like the reddish-orange in her neck is not the best color. It was a yarn I already had and thought it would be okay but if I could go back, I would change it. Second, I think her eyes are not the best, only because they're very dark. Maybe if the weaving were larger, I could have put more detail into them, including some lighter areas.
As for what I like about this weaving, I think the general shape of her head and hair is good. While I wish the eyes were better, I still think the details of the face are better than I was expecting them to be – I was afraid I wouldn't be able to make the shape of her mouth or nose look like an actual nose or mouth but they turned out really well. Also, and I think this is very important, I really enjoyed making this weaving. It was challenging and I was worried she wouldn't look like a human being but she does! Not just any human being, but Audrey Horne – I do think it looks like her.
I feel good about this piece and am looking forward to the next human portrait I do. I've decided to do one of Laura Palmer next. I have her image worked out and have even started a little bit of the weaving. I'm hoping to finish it before the new show starts.
I recorded myself making this whole Audrey weaving, except for the digital work on the image and parts of me weaving in the ends on the back. The total time recorded was about 18 hours! I have put the videos up on my Youtube channel. I made them in fast forward, to save time and space, and split the whole thing into three parts. I also made one that I sped up enough to get it down to one minute of video. You can see all four videos (plus the hour or so that I did live) in this playlist on Youtube. I also have the weaving up for sale in my Etsy shop here.
I finally finished some weavings that were laying on my desk about a week ago. They were nearly finished but needed rods attached. I put them in my shop and posted links to them on my Tumblr but haven't had a chance to post about them here. I also finished two weavings this past week and put them in my shop and I'm pretty excited about them.
So the first few weavings below are the ones I finished from my desk:
The first one above is an orange weaving that I started a long time ago, I actually worked on it when I was still streaming on Twitch (which, by the way, I will hopefully be doing again very soon!!). You can see it here in my shop. The middle one is a tiny weaving that I think is very cute - it's here in my shop. Finally, the last one is a calming blue, green, and cream weaving which is also small but not as tiny as the middle one. It's right here in my Etsy.
And as I said, I also have put up two other weavings recently.
The first is a natural looking weaving with browns and some green and blue. The blue is actually recycled denim yarn from Wool and the Gang which I love. This weaving is in my Etsy shop here.
The second weaving is one I really like even though it is so simple. It is based on the vault jumpsuits from the video game series Fallout. This one is referring to the 111 on the back of the Vault 111 suits in Fallout 4. You can find this weaving in my Etsy shop here. It was fun making this one even though it only uses two colors which I'm not really used to. I'd like to make more with different vault numbers. I might do 101 next for the vault that the player character emerges from in Fallout 3. Or 108, which is also a vault in Fallout 3 and is one of my favorite areas in that game.
I put up a new weaving just now. This is a brown, cream, and gold weaving.
I made it on a loom I made out of an old canvas (I didn't really make it, it was just a canvas with a hole in it so I tore off the canvas part and used the frame.)
I also recently tried to make the tiniest weaving I could make. I found another old canvas, this time a mini one with burlap on it. I knew I'd never use it so I removed the burlap and used some embroidery thread as warp. I had a hard time with it, haha. But I managed to make one very small weaving on it.
The long one took me a long time to do - it sat on my loom for a while. I just didn't feel inspired.
And then I was told about Twitch Creative! It's a section on the streaming website Twitch.tv that is meant for artists. People create all kinds of things and stream it live. I looked into what it would take for me to do it, bought a webcam, and got started.
You can find me on Twitch here, my username there is TinandTim. Please check it out! If you follow me, you get an email whenever I start streaming. Or you can see when I'll be starting by looking at my Tumblr blog since I will be trying to make my streaming announcements there.
So far I've done 10 streams including two gaming streams, one embroidery stream, and seven weaving streams. I really enjoy doing it. As I said, I was having trouble working on the long weaving but when I decided to stream my creative stuff, I jumped right back into it! I finished the long blue one and got started on the geometric one the very next day! I feel like I get more done when streaming and I'm not sure why.
I'll be posting my thoughts on creative streaming here once in a while, I set up a new category for it titled simply, Streaming. I also might set up a page here with information about my Twitch channel and creative streaming in general.
And I still have three more monochrome woven necklaces to post!! I have to get them up but first I have to photograph one of them again because I had to fix it a bit (It's fine, it's just that when I wove it, I left a gap in it and that's fine on a wall hanging but I thought I should sew it shut since it's a necklace. So I did that but it looks just slightly different than before so I need to take new pictures of it.) Once I take pictures of it, I will list the last three and post about it here and elsewhere.
I'm very excited about moving forward with my work, including streaming. Like I said, I enjoy doing the streams so much and it has given me renewed excitement and interest in my artwork.
I said I would add these to my shop a few days ago but got bogged down by other things. So here they are today! - blue, purple, and pink. The last four will be coming soon.
I was working on a series of monochrome mini weavings and it's finished! I decided to make them into necklaces and I listed four of them just now in my shop - red, orange, yellow, and green.
I made a little basket the other day.
It's made from rope and yarn. I made it in a different shape than the ones I've made before. It's a funny shape but I like it. I'd like to try making a larger one next.
I will be adding more pictures of this one to my basket weaving page once I take better photos.
I finished a wall hanging today. It's a cute sorta creepy one in pinks, blues, and white. It has eyes!
The eyelashes stick out,
I like the colors but I'm undecided about the creepiness. I'm just not sure it's the style or direction I want to go in but it was interesting to try. It's in my shop here.
I finished another woven dog portrait. This one is of my sister's dog, Max. Here are some photos I took while working on it:
And here it is finished:
I had a lot of fun with this one, as usual. I decided to do Max a little different from his brothers in that I used a photo with his head a little to the side rather than completely straight on. So it's not symmetrical like the other two. I like it this way, maybe better than the other two.
It also wasn't nearly as hard as I was expecting it to be. Max has a lot of colors in his fur on his head but I managed to simplify it enough to get it done. And I'm guessing I'm getting better at making these so it seemed easier. I'm very excited to make more of these. My dad wants one of his face so maybe I'll move on to people next.
My mom had requested I make her a weaving to hang on the door. She wanted it long and thin and we discussed what to put in it, the colors, and the shapes. I came up with this drawing:
She wanted hills or mountains in greens and browns, a waterfall, trees near the top, and a blue sky with a few clouds. It took me a while to do, it's been on the loom for what seems like forever, and I'm not sure why. But I finished it today.
It was fun to work on and I think it turned out pretty good. I was frustrated making the trees because the yarn I used is this strange yarn with long strands hanging from it. That's how I got it to look poofy - I had the strands come out - but it was very irritating to work with. The strands get tangled up and it's hard to see what I'm doing. I've used the yarn once before for another set of trees in a different weaving but I don't remember it being as annoying. Maybe because the trees were bigger the first time?
Other than that though, this was a cool thing to work on. My mom seems to like it a lot too so hopefully she'll enjoy seeing it on the door for a while.
Christine, artist and maker