To see some of Sara Swett's beautiful work, go to her website.
One of the ideas that really intrigued me was the notion of a wool warp instead of a cotton or linen warp. According to Sara, if both warp and weft are wool, they can bind and meld together in the finishing/washing process.
Wool wefts can slip and slide along a cotton or linen warp. I know this for a fact because I wove a tapestry wool rug -- on a linen warp. I have to be very careful in vacuuming it for the wool yarns can slide along the warp and leave gaps. I had assumed this was due to my inadequate beating. That may be true. But now I now it also has to do with the fibers.
TAPESTRY ON A FINER SCALE?
So I thought a bit about taking up tapestry again. Using finer yarns than rug yarns. Using wool warps. No weft interlocks, as I had done with the rug. Start slow. Start with squares.
I did try this a few years ago. But I insisted on many different colors and all different size squares. The result was that I could not focus on technique. And that is what I needed to focus on. I was running ahead of myself.
NEW TAPESTRY BOOK
With these thoughts in my head I ordered a revised edition of a tapestry book i own: Carol K. Russell's Tapestry Handbook: The Next Generation. I really wanted to try tapestry again, though I have no time in the world. I could give up blogging.
The book arrived. It is a beautiful book, much more beautiful than the first edition. But I came to my senses. I am not going to give up blogging..........© 2008