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Here's the tapestry I'm weaving now, teaching myself to mix colors. My idea is to start with two colors at the bottom, then blend the colors, then separate them again before they encounter other colors and blend with them and so on. The challenge is simple to think about but does require planning in the design process at least for me. I'm creating a dark background of greens and browns to highlight the movement and changes of the colors.
I am pretty happy with the progress I've made on my tapestry loom project. I have only about an inch more of weaving to do, then the size will be 12" x 12" which is the completed size I wanted. I will probably mount it on a framed canvas for hanging. You don't see about 2 inches of the bottom of the tapestry in the photo because it has been turned under as I advanced the warp.
I have improved my work as I've done this one and I am very pleased with the colorful design. There is plenty of warp left on the loom after I finish this with the hem so I will probably start another tapestry on the remaining warp. I don't know what I will weave next but I am thinking about a two color weaving design.
Friday afternoon was one of those times that I just felt like painting fabric. I suppose after concentrating on piecing a quilt and designing my tapestry I wanted a little freeform play. I keep some white duck fabric on hand for just these times so I got out my paints and started to play. I painted a few pieces but here's a photo of one of my favorites.
I started with squirting paint from a squirt bottle and then moved to my foam brushes and other colors. I painted it in this rectangular orientation but when it was dry I rotated it and was surprised to see an image of a red tree! So here's the quilt I created of my little red tree.
It's 8 x 8" and I believe I'll mount it on a 10 x 10" canvas.
So far I'm doing well on my progress toward putting my quilt blocks together. The photo shows one half of my completed blocks pieced together. The quilt always look so much better once the blocks are sewn together and you have fewer strings and uneven edges. And it is motivating to have the piece halfway sewn together, and it makes me eager to get the other half done! Since I've been working on this since March it is nice to see the finish line in sight!
Today is the kind of Saturday where I am feeling thoughtful and not productive. I spent some time walking around the yard and flowerbeds and it's easy to tell it is August. Some of my flowers are showing signs of their coming to the end of their life cycle for the season. My pots of impatiens have yellowing leaves and do not perk up as much as they did in June. The hostas have lost their delicate lilac flowers from their shoots. Coneflowers are sadly drooping and dying back, although some of them have a few new buds yet to open. I am disappointed that my long trailing gourd vines have countless flowers but have not set a single gourd. But my faithful marigolds are blooming strong and from past experience I know they will continue well into fall. That's one of the reasons I like to plant them, because they fit in a fall garden landscape as if they were a mum. The black-eyed Susan's are just hitting their stride and they are magnificent! We are having a dry spell so some leaves are dropping but no leaves have turned color yet. I noticed that the trees in the woods remain their vibrant green and are patiently waiting like they always do, just living their lives as silent tall guardians rooted in place. Groups of trees like this are such a stabilizing force in a my life. They are consistently present, quiet, and strong, and lend a sense of stability and predictability to my life. I can learn a lesson in patience and living in the moment simply by looking at the woods. There is a light breeze this afternoon and the windchimes gently fill the air with their sounds. I always feel when I hear them begin that it's a wake up call to stop and pay attention. And soon the sound is gone and I only hear traffic or the breeze as the leaves rustle.
August is kind of an in between month between all the bounty of Summer and then the changes that will occur in the fall. It's good to take the time to notice.