Starting Over…Again

I have an idea in my head to weave a tapestry showing sheep in a field.  Each sheep will be woven with my hand spun yarn from the Fiber Binder Club that has a sample of all different breeds of sheep (and even some non-sheep samples like alpaca, llama, silk, cotton, etc.  You get the picture).  I have started it and un-woven it twice because I didn’t like the size, didn’t like the green yarn for the field, didn’t like the loom I was using.  So, after all that, I think I’ve got it going again and in the direction I want.IMG_2408 IMG_2409I’ve warped the Ashford Tapestry Loom Navajo style using a continuous  warp.  The green background is my hand spun Cormo dyed with Rabbitbrush and iron.  The fence posts are hand spun Cormo dyed with Kentucky walnuts  hulls (Thanks, Terry) and the fence rails are my hand spun Cormo dyed with Arizona pecan hulls (Thanks, Valley).  The black border  yarn is natural black Shetland fleece I bought from Dyed in the Wool (Thanks, Benita!)  I’ll weave another half inch of green and then start on the sheep.  I would like to have at least one row of sheep woven by May 2 when I will have a weaving demonstration at the Brown Canyon Ranch Open House in Sierra Vista, AZ.

All of this inspiration came from a  three day Navajo Weaving workshop I attended at Grandma’s Spinning Wheel in Tucson, AZ.  Master Weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete are fifth generation Navajo weavers and have taught Navajo weaving for over 20 years.

I HAD A BLAST!  This is my almost finished mini-rug.

IMG_2399And here is my finished rug with Lynda and Barbara.  IMG_2401It was very surprising that I left the store with only a new tapestry comb.  (See all that roving behind me… time!)

It hasn’t been all weaving.  I made another bottle sweater.  Sorry Kay, this one matches my socks and it is staying here.IMG_2414 IMG_2412

And so is Duffy!

See ya,



About psobrien

Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a retired professional quilter turned fiber artist with my main interest in spinning wool , using natural plants to dye fiber to be used in tapestry weaving. I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky, travelled around the world and now make my home in Southeastern Arizona with my husband, Pat and Duffy, our Westiepoo.
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4 Responses to Starting Over…Again

  1. I love the new tapestry work; Great idea! The bottle sweater is cute. (Nice to hear from you, you have been mia )

  2. Very nice. Duffy is so cute. See you in May!

  3. kay says:

    cute! cannot wait to see the sheep

  4. Cheryl says:

    How fun! And, how cool to hear that Grandma’s Spinning Wheel has classes like this! I’ll be going to Tucson soon and can’t wait to visit the store! I love the idea of the field of sheep. I’ll be excited to see how it turns out! Happy weaving!

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