Friday, 23 July 2021


I'm on the home straight, just lots of subtle colour blending until I reach the top.

I say "just", but obviously creating a seamless, subtle blend has its own difficulties, but at least I'm not weaving lots of interconnecting shapes whilst blending, like the lower half of the tapestry.

This tapestry is proving to be a classic example of why it's difficult to answer the often asked question, "how long does it take to weave a tapestry?" I managed to weave 1ft last week (1ft x 30" wide) whereas a similar sized area in the lower half of this tapestry took around a month to complete. It really does depend on the complexity of the composition/drawing and how you're choosing to weave it.

I'll be finished next week. Watch this space!

 Photograph taken this time last week. I am now less than 3 inches away from the top.

Friday, 9 July 2021

over the horizon

Wayhey, I'm finally in the sky section of my tapestry! After reaching the half way point last month, the horizon, I had a big tidy up in my studio and put away colours and bobbins that were no longer needed. I think I felt smug for half a day before remembering that the second half is almost like starting a new tapestry as it requires a completely new set of colours. I also made things more difficult for myself as I no longer wanted to weave the sky section the way I had drawn it on my big sketch/cartoon (which is tied behind the loom) as it would look too different and disconnected from the sea section, so I'm now working between the original painting, reference photographs and the cartoon. 

I had a couple of days of head scratching and finding new colour blends but now that I've got the new section established I'm fully on the move again. It has grown a fair bit in the last couple of weeks. It won't be long before I need to stand on a scaffolding platform!

Monday, 7 June 2021


"It'll get easier when I reach the bright turquoise-blue near the horizon" she told herself, naively.

Ha ha ha.

Monday, 24 May 2021

approaching half way

Two whole months since my last update, time is flying this year. It appears the further into the tapestry I go the less I remember to photograph any progress. The section I've been working on over the last couple of months has been very complicated: lots of fiddly shapes and subtle colour blends and tonal shifts. However the tapestry is really starting to push on now. I'm excited to approach the bright blue horizon...

Friday, 12 March 2021

easing into the flow

I thought it was about time I updated the blog since a month has passed since my last post. Progress on my latest tapestry has been fairly steady as I've been working on it most days.

The lower half of the composition is the most complicated in terms of weaving so at least I know it should get easier the more it grows. I'm 1ft up now so starting to get a good feel for the piece and all the colours. Onwards and upwards.

Thursday, 4 February 2021

new year, new tapestry

In January I bit the bullet and warped up my biggest tapestry to date. I've had the idea and composition for this piece ready since April or May last year, but left it on the back burner as I wanted to experiment with some weaving techniques which I knew would inform this piece and future work.

This tapestry is just under 6ft tall so the loom has been extended to 10-11ft high! It was a two person job warping up. 

Attaching the leashing bar.

All set up, colours laid out and turn back (hem) woven.

Initials and date woven into the turn back. 

Getting started is always the most difficult. Onwards and upwards now!


Wednesday, 9 December 2020

ebb and flow ripples

"ebb and flow ripples"

handwoven tapestry, 2020


materials: cotton, linen, rayon and wool. Woven at 10 warps per inch on cotton warp.

size: 40cm square (including painted wooden frame.)

A tapestry reflecting the ebb and flow of the tide at the Sand O' Wright beach in Hoxa, Orkney and an exploration of knotting, subtle tonal blending and textural changes through varying warp and weft thicknesses.

The photographs were taken this afternoon (09/12/20) at the Sand O' Wright beach. I've been waiting for nearly a week for a dry and relatively clear day to take photographs. It was a bit windy so slightly challenging conditions for carting around a camera bag, tapestry and a board to protect the frame from getting wet in the sand. I chanced my luck seeing how close I could position the tapestry next to the shoreline without getting swept up in the tide and I succeeded!