I have seen some wonderful holiday projects this year. Thank you to everyone for participating in this holiday challenge. You can still get the instructions in THIS blog post if you have some holiday time to weave your own project. If you use social media, tag it with #holidaytapestry17. Email me your photo and I'll add it to this post.
It is really fun to see the variety of weavings happening even with the same subject. Different yarns, different approaches, different weavers all mean the results vary widely. Isn't that reassuring for art-making? Your particular talents will result in something different from everyone else on the planet (it is true of life too I think).
Below is an example of the real reason I do these weave-alongs. I get to see the wonderful things people make, and sometimes people tell me what they were thinking and what materials they used. For example, Ruth sent this:
Jo Librizzi wove the bell and tree below and had this to say about them:
Nadine Foster wove this lovely tree. She said it was her first completed project (Yay Nadine!!). She wove the tree first and then decorated it with stitching and buttons (which I wouldn't be surprised to find she made also).
Martina wove a couple trees for this project. This one included real lights! She said it was slightly crazy, but I think it is fantastic. It is 12 epi, 20/6 Bockens warp with sock yarn and LED wire.
Sherri's tree turned out great! I love how you all were able to let go of the difficulty of weaving a star and just let it happen. This is another great example of that.
Helen Smith wove the holiday tree project below. She said that she wove it on a Hokett loom at 8 epi. The background was Regia variegated sock yarn and the tree was some leftover wool. She said that, "The tree started weaving up a bit thin so I added a strand of maroon crochet cotton to it and it wove beautifully after that." She wove the garlands eccentrically with a lurex-type thread that was a little stretchy.
I have struggled with sock yarn myself. Much of it is superwash which means that all the scales have come off of it in a chemical process. So the wool doesn't have any grab to it anymore. Helen said about her sock yarn experiment, "The background was not easy to weave - the yarn was much too springy and rather easy to bash down - but the colours looked nice."
I will have to agree with you on this one Helen. The more I've experimented with all kinds of sock yarns, the more I find that only a few of them feel firm enough for tapestry. And all of them are rather slippery and a bit difficult to manage. The colors are lovely, but I'm looking at dyeing my favorite tapestry yarns to get some interesting color combinations instead of using knitting yarn for weaving tapestry.
Marlena wove the tree below. She had this to say about it:
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Robbie LaFleur finished her tree in time for Christmas Day including framing! She wrote a blog post about the process including why she chose the shapes she did which came from her specialty of Norwegian tapestry. Take a look at her blog post HERE.
After seeing a similar photo on my blog of my piano, Ellen sent me the one below... with Maximo Laura-inspired trees at the top and a bit of Joy from Jilly Edwards. Thanks Ellen!
I wove a couple other holiday-themed pieces this month. I finished the Christmas bulb project I started in October.
I still haven't finished this piece with trees that are just triangles and woven sideways. I wanted to demonstrate how different a form like this looks when woven the other way. I was surprised no one wove their holiday tree sideways (yet). I'll finish it this week. I made a mistake near the top of the weaving there and let myself put it down. Unweaving is definitely not my favorite thing.
And I'll send you off with this beautiful piece by Barbro Frimodig from Vallen, Skellefteå, Sweden, woven for this holiday challenge.