tapestryweaving

Sett: Looms and tools

Sett: Looms and tools

How does sett happen on various looms and what does this have to do with the equipment I choose? This post continues a series of articles about sett and tapestry weaving. The complete list is at the bottom of this post.

Low-warp floor looms and sett

I don't talk about weaving tapestry on floor looms nearly enough. When you're just starting out, finding space for a large loom may not be in the cards. But once you've decided this thing is for you, a floor loom can be a fantastic friend for your work.

Sett: How does sett affect image?

Sett: How does sett affect image?

How does sett affect image?

When someone says they’re weaving at 8 epi, that is the sett. That means they have 8 warp strands in one inch. I define sett a bit more in my last blog post on this topic

Weaving is a gridded structure. The images we make have to fit onto the grid formed by the warp and weft.

Because the structure so easily forms squares, making other shapes is more challenging in tapestry weaving. But of course we do want to weave something besides squares!

Suitcase of yarn

Suitcase of yarn

Any time your packing list contains the words, Suitcase of Yarn, you know you're going somewhere fun. This is not a teaching trip though. I'm headed to Arizona to be the artist-in-residence at Petrified Forest National Park for the month of November. I'm going to the desert to do some tapestry designing. I am so excited about this, I gasp a little when I think about it.

How often do most of us get the opportunity to step away from the business of art and actually focus on making it? As a tapestry weaver, I can only bring small looms with me. Even so, my plans include at least three portable looms in addition to the bag full of Hokett looms I will undoubtedly have. I have a project in mind for those little looms.

All the little weavings...

All the little weavings...

The small format samples and pieces sure pile up faster than my big pieces. I'm lucky if I get one very large piece done a year. But these little guys just multiply like rabbits. There seem to be stacks and stacks of them now. 

Last week I did this sample for the Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms online class. It was a test run for the new pipe loom as well as a demo for the new class. It is about three inches square at 8 epi.

Doin' the craft school thing

Doin' the craft school thing

If you missed the oft-repeated news, I'm at Penland. I apologize for mentioning it so often, but geez if Penland isn't just the greatest place. I've been here three days now and already feel everything loosening up. Maybe that is the morning yoga, but my step is lighter and my headspace is clearer.

I am here to teach a tapestry class called The Thrill of Color. It addresses color use through color theory and woven techniques to blend color. It is such a wonderful thing to have two full weeks to work with a group of students. This length of time allows some real learning and experimentation to happen.

A safe place for learning online

As most of you know, I teach tapestry weaving online. I've been doing this for over a year now and have enjoyed all of it. I love creating a space for learning that is safe, fun, and that changes with the questions students ask.

If you took Part 1 of my Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry class and you are ready for Part 2, it started today. If this week isn't your week, never fear, the class is forever access and you can keep asking me questions as long as you need to. [Click HERE to register]

And if you're waiting for the new classes I'm working on, they'll be coming your way soon! I'll have a Color Gradation Techniques class by the end of the summer and a couple short surprise classes in the fall.

I am always humbled by the kind words I hear from my students. I hate to even call them students because they give so much back to me every day. But here are a few words from people who have taken the class:
I want you to know I am totally LOVING this class so far. Thank you for creating such a safe learning space!!!!   --Donna
This was the first time I've taken an online class. The experience could not have been better! Challenging yet clearly presented, I looked forward to each new step. Rebecca, I appreciated your comments and encouragement! I feel like I've found my way back to something I had lost... and it's a great feeling. Thank you!  --Faith
I applaud your determination to perfect your teaching videos--they are the best I've ever viewed.... Please continue down this path of teaching which you are passionate about - your approach is fresh and succinct - You have a natural gift and I for one am ecstatic that you are willing to share it with others.  --Sue
And if those three hadn't made me teary enough, this one really did me in:
Hi Rebecca,
What a delightful gift you have given us! I appreciate your generous spirit and delight in giving.
As I was sitting with a cup of coffee before heading to the loom this morning I came across this StoryCorps piece and thought of you.
It was a dad talking to his young son who had a lot of questions, including, "what do you dream I will be when I grow up?"
This is what his Dad said to him:
"My dream is for you to live out your dreams," Albert told him. "There's an old proverb that talks about when children are born, children come out with their fists closed because that's where they keep all their gifts. And as you grow, your hands learn to unfold, because you're learning to release your gifts to the world."
Thank you for unfolding your hands and heart and for sharing your gifts.
Lorilla
I do this thing--this teaching of tapestry--because I love it. I love weaving, I love fiber, I love making art that means something and I think it is important as humans that we continue to make things with our own hands. It might even be vital.

If you are looking for more information about my online classes or the workshops I teach around the US, start here: http://www.rebeccamezoff.com/