Blog: Musings on Tapestry and More

  1. The Last Word on World of Threads 2018

    Date 02 Nov 2018
    I’ve blogged about weaving, stitching, and paper art and now, to be honest, I am running out of steam.  But I did not want to close the book on World of Threads without mentioning a few of my favorite pieces in the other creative categories, so here goes Wearables Here I would just like…

  2. Paper Art in World of Threads

    Date 31 Oct 2018
    Some of the strongest work in World of Threads is paper art, be it cast, collaged, or stitched. Although it is not in the main gallery, I would argue that the centerpiece of the entire Festival is an installation made of cast paper by the young Korean-American artist Sun Young Kang…

  3. Stitchin’ Magicians: More from World of Threads

    Date 26 Oct 2018
    I must confess that I break out in hives at the mere sight of my sewing machine, but that doesn’t stop me from admiring what other artists are able to do with this tool. There were more examples of sewn constructions, art quilts, and hand and machine embroidered work in World…

  4. Tapestry at the World of Threads Festival

    Date 23 Oct 2018
    I recently traveled to Oakville, Ontario for the exhibition opening of the 2018 World of Threads Festival. I’m not exactly sure when I first became aware of World of Threads, but only fairly recently. This was my first time entering, but I’m sure it will not be my last.  The…

  5. Late to the Party: Threads of Resistance

    Date 30 Sep 2018
    I’ve recently finished a piece that is inspired by the toxic political divide we now endure. It is called “Lose/Lose” and it consists of nine 4” x 4” tapestries with embroidered and beaded embellishment Lose/Lose, 16 x 16 inches, wool, silk, beads. This piece is a continuation of an older series…

  6. Warp-tastic

    Date 23 Aug 2018
    After a lot of travel and time away from the studio, my latest piece is finally finished! I’ve titled it “Obi I.”  An Obi is the belt that is worn with a kimono, and I thought the strip weavings combined with the shape of the piece fit with that reference. It is Obi “1” because…

  7. What’s on the Loom?

    Date 21 May 2018
    My current project is a ‘baby step’ out of the box, for me.  I am still working with my lotus pond source material, but I am doing several things, both design wise and technique wise, that I have never done before. I am about half-way done on this project and…

  8. Hanging the Beast

    Date 04 May 2018
    Recently, I completed the largest tapestry I have ever attempted. By European standards, it is not all that big, but at 60” x 60” it seems downright huge to me. It is twice the size of anything I have ever woven before.  When it comes to hanging tapestries, I have…

  9. Je Suis un Lissier

    Date 16 Apr 2018
    I trace my tapestry “lineage” to the French tradition through Mary Lane via Ruth Scheuer via Jean Pierre Larochette and the San Francisco Tapestry Workshop, active 1977-1988. How Jean Pierre ended up in the USA in the first place is a fascinating story. To learn about this historical period, I highly recommend Jean Pierre’s and Yael Lurie’s recently…

  10. How an Iowa Girl found her Tapestry Groove

    Date 05 Apr 2018
    I think it is only fitting to start this blog adventure at the beginning and tell my story: what attracted me to textiles in the first place, and how in the heck did I get into tapestry weaving?  It is a good question.  I grew up in Iowa. Like just about every fiber…

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