A month or so ago I sent two photos of mine away to have them framed as canvasses.
The birch tree looked beautiful as I had expected, but the forsythias framing Goat Fell were stretched on a frame double the size requested surrounded by flamingos and palm trees. The mistake was acknowledged and I received the size I’d requested. What to do with a redundant wooden frame once the flamingos were removed.
Make a loom of course.
A row of nails hammered 1/2 inch apart along the top and the frame was ready to warp up. I used strong cotton 16/2 rug warp which could handle the tension required and hey, presto! it was ready to go. I’d had an idea for a weave I wanted to make that echoed the February colours of Goat Fell, black with the merest hint of green with the mountainside etched against the very clear, blue sky.
Hopefully the colours of the yarn convey this idea. As it grows, I think it does. I chose silk, merino wool, alpaca Aran weight, Seacell (a fibre made from seaweed) and recycled handspun sari silk. I LOVE this stage of the weaving when the canvas is blank and the palette of yarns is endless to receive the desired effect. The frame is just the right size to sit with it balanced against the table and not too long for my arms to reach the top.
I can’t show you the finished piece yet, but here’s the beginning and the yarns I’ve chosen. There’s a definite satisfaction in reusing something so practical and I can promise you the flamingos are recycled as well in a paper sort of way.