Ants on the sink bench. 
Ants can be a bit of a nuisance here in Hamilton. I never saw them inside in Christchurch, but here if the sink bench isn't wiped down well they soon turn up for a feast. I talk to them and tell them that they had better go away right now or they will be zapped! Have zapped a few here and there, but if I tap on the bench lightly, they don't seem to like that and run away quite quickly. They are fascinating little creatures, aren't they!

Leaves again 

Another tapestry leaf - front side after all warp threads are darned in.

Back of leaf showing how it looks with all the warp threads neatly darned in and trimmed.

Tapestry leaves in process 
Well, here we are, only five days into January and already I have missed a day of adding at least one photo into my blog. So, maybe today I will do two entries, one this morning and one again this evening....haha! Up early this morning and weaving another leaf for the Leaves project. I put a 12cm wide warp on a frame loom, using the 12/9 warp cotton and weave about five or six leaves on the warp. You can see that I am shaping them as I go, surrounding the weave with the soumak knots which give them a tidy edge. Tonight I will show you the back sides of the leaves.

The muddle on my table tonight. 

This is how my table is looking tonight - a real muddle of yarns, photos, scissors etc etc. I have just started another leaf form for my plan of weaving enough tapestry leaves to form an installation of small tapestries. I am thinking of turning them into brooches as well and mounting them on small canvas's as small wearable art pieces. And here are the leaves that I have woven so far. I am aiming to weave at least 40 of them before August.

Cloak Form tapestries 
The first of the cloak form tapestries. This series will consist of four small sculptural tapestries each measuring around 28 - 30cm high and hanging from a central point. This one is 'Sky' or 'Air'. They represent the four elements, Air, Water, Fire, Earth. I intend to mount them in perspex boxes that will probably hang on a wall, or alternatively be shown on a plinth.

Darn!!!! The photo's have come in sideways, so I'm afraid you will all have to turn your heads to the left and imagine them up the right way as I do not kknow how to rotate them. They came into photoshop the right way up, so I was expecting them to do the same here. No such luck.......!

Cloak form tapestries 
This small tapestry came off the frame loom a couple of days ago. It is the second in a series of small cloak forms. These small sculptural tapestries will be displayed in perspex boxes which will hang on a wall.

There is a lot of work to do to finish the tapestry and create the cloak form with it. All the weft threads need to be darned in and the warp threads tied back so that they do not show.

Christmas Dinner 
Christmas dinner at my daughter's home.

My student Lai. 
I have had my student Lai staying with me for the last few days. We had a lovely time together and she made a good start on her tapestry, taking it home to complete in her own time.

My Studio Today 
Here is how my studio is looking today. Anna's tapestry on the loom, loads of yarn on the table - busy, busy!

Starting again! 
It is a long time since I have looked at my blog and put in an entry. My life has been really busy and I have posted stuff on my Facebook Page instead of on my blog. I have decided that next year I am going to try and put one photograph a day on my blog, and practising today, getting ready for 1st January, 2014. I will post three photographs today, so off to a good start.

Here is a photograph of two friends, Inga on the right and Roberta on the left. Inga and I have been friends for many many years as both of us were born in Westport and have known each other most of our lives. It is good to be living much closer to her now since my shift to Hamilton. She lives in Tauranga and we see each other much more often these days. Roberta first came into my life about six years ago when she rang me from Denmark asking if she could come and work with me in my studio. She has just spent the last six weeks as my flatmate here and has also been having some tapestry tuition. I took this photo this morning as she was leaving today to fly down to Dunedin where she will be staying until early May.

Roberta's tapestry of Masango and African girl who was known to Roberta and her husband many years ago in Africa. The tapestry was finished yesterday and I think Roberta has worked very hard to get in finished before she left Hamilton. The plaits were added in after the weaving was finished and we found an African hairdresser who plaited them or us out of a brown carded fleece. It has worked really well and adds a new dimension to the tapestry.

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