I finally cut this big piece off, did all finishing and put it on someones wall. Yay!
I warped up for it on my 38" Mirrix loom with the help of my mom-in-law last spring and didn't even start weaving on it until the tail end of 2015. I am notorious for this - leaving looms warped up without beginning weaving on them for ages. Having multiple looms doesn't help. Here's how it goes: I'm not motivated to weave on one loom but somehow find motivation to just warp up the full width of an empty one. I also often get a rush of energy to warp up a loom immediately after I've cut a piece off of it - but, so far this only happens with my 16" loom. After warping up the full width of a 38" loom at 12 warps per inch the 16 incher is a total breeze. So, more often than not I've got a dressed 16" Mirrix patiently waiting. Right now, in the middle of moving back to the Sunshine Coast from New York, I'm just weaving on a 16 incher while the others are packed. It feels good to be totally focused on one project, and without the option of warping another one. Something to keep in mind for the new studio.
(Do I sound like a scattered mess? This week I truly feel like one. Moving sucks.)
I was already weaving this big one with no final design in mind, just making decisions as I wove each pick, when I found someone who wanted it on their wall. So, knowing it had a home drove me to finish quickly (and make it pretty). A welcome motivator. I wove with Canadian Breed wool spun at Custom Woolen Mills. I am so smitten with with their mule spinner yarns, especially for tapestry weaving. I prefer the merino blend, but they are all lovely and they smell amazing - like a newborn baby. As I weave I'm constantly waving my wool bundles in front of my face for a good whiff.
This big blue blob now lives on Madison Ave, NYC in an office in the Steel Building.
PS can you see the hidden white-on-white triangles?
Janna Maria Vallee is a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program. In her art practice Janna combines textiles and socially engaged media. She founded VY in 2008.