October's End (at last)
October has been a bit hard on this little tapestry studio. My studio dog of 14 years, Cassy,
died on October 7th and I lost my weaving benefactor, my grandfather Mezoff this past Monday. Grandpa gave me his beautiful Harrisville rug loom as well as a whole whack of other weaving equipment back in 2008 for which I am so grateful. I remember being a young child and watching him weave on a 60 inch Macomber in the basement of his home in North Dakota. I think it was about a billion yards of white doubleweave fabric to cover the windows of a huge two-story greenhouse they had. He had that kind of weaving fortitude. Maybe that is where I got my willingness to sit and work on a tapestry for months on end... that or it is just sheer bullheadedness (he had that too). He was a metallurgical engineer when he was working, but when he retired he moved to New Mexico, bought the rug loom, and started weaving rugs with yarn from the local trading post. He also adored his great-granddaughter.
I did finish a large tapestry just in time to enter it into ATB10. I am one of the co-chairs for this show and it was a little weird to get my own entry returned to me in my inbox! Today is the last day to enter, so if you want to add your entry, do it before midnight tonight by going to this LINK
. I promise I won't say anything about waiting until the last moment. My entry went in at 10am today.
I am teaching a 5-day version of my Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry
class in my studio January 19 to 23, 2014 and I have 2 open spots. Please contact me if you are interested.