At long last I have finished my Polychrome Mountain tapestry. I started it last November. I woven it from a picture I took at Denali National Park in Alaska several years ago. It measures 12 1/4” H x 14” W and is woven at 6 ends to the inch with 5 strands of Appleton tapestry yarn.
Why, you ask, did it take me so long to complete this work? Well….I am the world’s worst procrastinator. I can pass the loom many times a day and yet for some reason won’t sit down and weave even a few passes. It’s not that I don’t like weaving, because when I get immersed in it, I just love it. So in order to cure myself of this affliction, I have decided to set goals for myself. Starting in January I will keep a tapestry journal (such as Tommye Scanlin has been doing) and give myself some structured deadlines. I will make these monthly goals, maybe weaving one small project a month. The loom is already warped for this ongoing tapestry diary. I am considering having a theme for the entire year’s weaving.
I also have a loom warped for the small format exhibition sponsored by the America Tapestry Alliance in conjunction with the Handweavers Guild of America’s Convergence in New Mexico in 2010. The theme of this exhibit is “Enchanted Pathways”.
The cartoon is already marked on the warp, but I wouldn’t let myself start weaving until I completed the mountain. There is a deadline of March 15, 2010 for submission of the project. Since I will be sending the participation fee in by January 15, 2010 and because several of my tapestry group members are also entering the exhibit, I will feel the pressure to get this completed and in the mail on time.
So now I will begin the finishing process. I will trim all of the ends in the back, make some fishing touches on the front and secure the warp threads. I will then cover a wooden frame ( made by my husband) with flannel and then another fabric over it. The final step will be to sew the tapestry to the covered frame. And Voila….the tapestry will be completed.