There is so much still for me to learn about tapestry weaving. Despite a lengthy history of working with knitted and embroidered textiles, tapestry weaving imposes its unforgiving linear structure, reminding me of the quotation for the Rubaiat of Omah Khyyam:
“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit. Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.”
….and I have tried to jiggle the weft and tug at the warp to adjust a part of the tapestry that offends my eye. Patching in from behind or beating down harder doesn’t remove those unacceptable wefts which lie further down the tapestry than I am prepared to unpick. And I do unpick a lot. Even in my peaceful studio, devoid of most distractions, I lose concentration, forgetting which direction of travel I need for a new bobbin colour, so as to allow an easy transition or junction with its neighbour.
The most interesting thing for me has been learning how to blend several fine threads together to create a ‘weft bundle’ and how colour graduation is achieved thread by thread with each newly wound bobbin.