It seems like every week someone else is finishing up a tapestry. The weaving on these three newly completed tapestries was done in December, but I wasn’t there to photograph them. Actually, they aren’t quite finished yet because they are not mounted for hanging, but that work is in progress this month.
Beth Scarth, Cathy Fantz and Jane Moore are all fairly new weavers with a year or less of practice, but they sure did get the hang of it quickly.
Beth Scarth’s Elephants I Have Known were inspired by a scene on a coffee cup in our school kitchen. The border and the tree were her additions and the colors are all hers as well. This is Beth’s first tapestry after her learning sampler.
Cathy Fantz is inspired by photos she takes of trees and the sky. These branches were covered with rain, so she used a bit of glitter in her black yarn to represent the water. The title, “One Misty, Moisty Morning” is part of a nursery rhyme she used to read to her son.
Jane Moore saw the sun rising over Mount Hood as she flew over it on a commercial jet. She had no camera, so stored the image in her head. “Sunrise for Martha I” uses standard tapestry technique. “Sunrise for Martha II” uses eccentric weft and wedge weave techniques. Eccentric weft is any that is not woven perpendicular to the warp. When the tension is released as the tapestry is cut off the loom, the edges curve or scallop. Martha was a favorite aunt who is now gone. She loved purple.