Warp-tastic

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 I have several similar designs in my sketchbook and chances are good I will weave one of them. It is also plausible that I am huge Star Wars nerd. You decide.  Either way, you could be right.

If you read my last blog post, you know that I wove this tapestry on its side, leaving gaps for the warps to span.  I was inspired to do this by all the wonderful fringy, textural, warp abundant work I see on Pinterest and Instagram these days.  It is clear that warp is having a moment.  I also wanted to step out of my box. Maybe this is just a pinky toe out of my box, but I’m very happy with the exposed warps in this piece. My only regret is that I did not leave wider warp spaces to achieve even more “droop.”  

Originally, I intended for the warp threads to also show on the sides of the “sleeves” too.

I remember when Lialia Kuchma left side fringe on her shaped feather pieces and I thought that was so cool. But ultimately, I did not like the side fringe in this case so I sewed the ends down.  I mounted the piece on a clear plexiglass batten.  There are some monofilament stitches on the back that keep the side pieces from drifting apart.

I also embroidered outlines on the finished tapestry. It helps the lines pop. You can see in my detail that I used two setts. The lotus stems are woven at a finer set than the background. 

This piece has given me a lot of ideas for incorporating warp as a design element. I am inspired to experiment further. May the force be with me….

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