It’s done, finished, completed, off the loom, Duffy approved and waiting to be hung. The last four to six rows took FOREVER to weave. I was using my tapestry needle to weave individual warp threads.
Here are pictures showing the last stages of weaving. I was using a large crochet hook and a bamboo dowel to work the last of the grey background.
This is the Pathway or Spirit Line that is traditional in many Navajo rugs. The last background weft is woven all the way past the border to the edge. If there is a spirit in the rug design, the break in the border allows the spirit to leave if it wishes. The book I used, “Navajo Weaving Way,” by Noel Bennett and Tiana Bighorse, has a quote from one of the weavers, Tiana Bighorse, Tuba City, Arizona.
It’s your own Path.
It’s for yourself.
It’s for peace for your future.
It’s for the weaver.
Now I am weaving one warp thread at a time using a tapestry needle.
All of the yarn was my own hand spun wool. The center design had yarn that I had dyed from pecan hulls (the outside brown), rabbitbrush with iron (green) and rabbitbrush with alum (yellow next to the green). The black and grey were natural wool colors. The maroon in the corners and the rust in the center were commercially dyed.
I never kept track of the hours spent spinning the yarn and weaving the rug. That wasn’t important. I wanted to learn more tapestry weaving techniques and to use my yarn. I can’t wait to start the next one!
ps: I want to say “Thank you” to my very patient husband, Pat, for not minding the fuzz all over the house, hours spent spinning and weaving and being so proud of my creations. Love ya, Sweetie!