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. I’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.
And so is Duffy!