I put linen on the old barn loom again, and wove this piece with Finnish paper yarn. Linen and paper go together. Their fibers transpire, they breathe, they change. This is slow weaving. Paper yarn threaded on a tapestry needle makes rya knots for the flowers. The lattice squares, or windows, are bound with 9 separate pirns, each passed back and forth.
Off the loom, I brushed 320 petals with water and opened each by hand, petal by petal. I checked the clock, and this blooming process took 5 hours. But, while I'm working, I tend to forget the time.There is something about doing this that empties my brain of pesky thoughts. I forget myself a little, in an air garden of linen and crisp paper, the thunk of the beater, and the pure pleasure of making something.
So beautiful and partly because of its simplicity. All the better for the enjoyment it gave in the making too!
Beautiful! Isn't it wonderful to be in the "flow" and forget about everything except what you're making?!
Extraordinary. You are an inspiration.
And everytime I see this I am in awe. Now I imagine you gently opening the flowers one by one, and this piece is even more beautiful.
How wonderful, original and inspiring especially to a Japanese paper spinner like me.
Thank you for these encouraging comments. The flowers do not always like to open easy, the pirns fall to the floor, so I have to crawl under to retrieve them. Nobody knows the troubles I've seen..oh, yes, you do. You're weavers.
RIa, Japanese paper spinning....so this is a new to me idea. Of course, it must be possible. I love to use paper yarn. I have some variety of it from Habu
I love, love, LOVE this finished product. And it's clear how much love went into creating it, especially once you understand the process.
Oh Susan--so beautiful--when I was in Finland I thought about this project--the colors!!!!
somehow this one is so lush, so BIG that i am in awe. within the gridded structure of the loom and the linen and paper, so crisp and clean, there's a blooming, a hugeness. i am so glad i saw this today!!!
Peg, Barb-in-Dell,Velma. Your enthusiasm makes me feel happy. You make my day!
Beautiful weaving. Beautiful words!
This is beautiful! I am a tapestry weaver and I forget to look at other kinds of weaving sometimes. You've inspired me.
i get goose bumps every time i see that you have completed and posted one of these. seriously. beautiful work.
beautiful, I love it and wish I could get back into that 'flow' thing.
I love it too when you weave this project; so beautiful.
Thank you. What a good feeling to make something that appeals to other eyes
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