CHG Tapestry Study Group

Tapestry Study Group Info

The Tapestry Study Group has been meeting via Zoom during the pandemic on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 10:00 am. Our focus as a study group is to share tapestry design ideas, explore techniques, present topics and talk about what inspires us. 

For more info on the CHG study group and the Zoom link contact:
Jean Clark, jeansclark@comcast.net
Terri Bryson 2brysons@gmail.com

New Tapestry Book - Silvia Heyden

This is a new tapestry book that just came out. The book was started by Silvia Heyden just before she died. Silvia Heyden is to contemporary tapestry as Anni Albers is to contemporary weaving. It’s a beautiful book and loaded with information. There is a good review of the book by Elizabeth Buckly on her blog at https://www.elizabethbuckleytapestryartist.com/blog

Silvia’s children completed the book after Silvia passed away. The cost of the book is $70 plus $6 shipping to Georgia. Order the book here:

Dan Heyden, 197 Woodbridge Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840
DanHeydenAIA@gmail.com
732-887-9564

Meeting of November 10, 2022

We had 6 members attend this gathering

  • There was discussion about the beginning tapestry class Jean and/or Terri are looking to give for the guild next year. Discussion included what sort of loom would be most appropriate for beginners. One with an adjustable tension, easy to warp, portable, affordable, and one the students or instructors would not have to build themselves was the goal. They are currently leaning toward the little copper pipe looms that Kathe Todd-Hooker has listed on her website. Additionally, they are looking for a book that could serve as the syllabus and ongoing reference for the students, and the one by Kirsten Glasbrook, Tapestry Weaving, is in the running. There are still some details yet to work out and additional discussion needed with the CHG board, but it looks promising that this class will happen in 2023.
  • Tapestry Weavers South, TWS, will have an exhibit “Follow the Thread” opening at the Folk Art Center (on the Blue Ridge Parkway) in January. Terri and Deb both will have little tapestries that will part of the collage of the exhibit’s title.
  • Terri brought in her voice-print Tapestry for show and tell. This is the one that was on exhibit with Tapestry International that has returned home. Just as wonderful as the tapestry was her story of how the idea came to her and developed, including her use of various non-traditional weaving “yarns” such as audio cassette tapes, speaker wire, and other various types of wire that participate in the transmission of voice.
  • Pat brought in a tapestry that she is currently working on while we are having our study group meetings. She is weaving it on an Schacht Easel Weaver loom and has it set up with her cartoon mounted to a thin piece of cardboard that she has slipped between the warp and the loom frame.
  • Terri brought in some Gelli plate mono prints that she did from a Jane Dunnewold class Backgrounds and Textures that she took. Terri used some high contrast black and white photographic images that were printed on an inkjet printer, and with the gelli plate and a acrylic medium, transfer the image to the plate and enhanced it with an application of acrylic paint for a background color. The effect of the somewhat ghosted images of her husband and of her grandson were very striking. And the unevenness of the acrylic background color is makes it so much more interesti Thanks for the inspiration Terri.
  • Multiple Georgia O’Keeffe books were brought to the meeting, and those who had selected their inspiration art piece showed it with a little discussion of why it was chosen. Note, while we are planning to weave these in a postcard size, they do not need to be mounted in anyway as if they were a postcard to be mailed.
  • Mary Jane brought in a collection of pot holders she has been weaving, using photographs of birds as inspiration. She tries not only replicated the colors of the birds, but also the amount of each color, as well as the color placements, as much as she can with potholder loops.
  • Our NEXT meeting is scheduled for December 8, 2022 at 10 am, EST via ZOOM
  • Our next in-person meeting is scheduled for March 23, 2023
Meeting of October 27, 2022
  • We had 8 folks on the zoom call
  • Sue indicated she had dome some additional research regarding the lining of tapestries following our Oct 13th meeting.  She found a reference from a museum’s curator that they now use a “Down Cotton” rather than linen for the linings.  This is because of the chemicals that are used these days for the processing of the linen.  This “down cotton” is a tightly woven fabric used for making things like Down comforters, pillows, etc. that are down filled.  Sue also indicated that it is a rather pricey fabric.
  • Anne mentioned that Rebecca Mezoff mentioned on one of her recent Change the Shed live streams that she has tried, and liked, using Jameison & Smith yarn for tapestry weaving.  Even though this is a knitting yarn, it is not as stretchy as other knitting yarns and works well for tapestry weaving, AND comes in many colors.  Anne, I missed it if you said, but was this the 2-ply Jumper weight yarn?
  • A reminder that our NEXT group meeting will be an in-person meeting at The Barn, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA.   But the zoom link will be available for use during that time of those that can’t attend in-person would like to meet on-line.  The Barn does not have internet access, so it is NOT anticipated to be a hybrid meeting of in-person and on-line.
    • Who is planning to be in attendance for our in-person meeting???
  • There was a little discussion about the MAFA 2023 conference and the interest in Elizabeth Buckley 3-day workshop, Hachures in Contemporary Tapestry that is on the schedule.   Sue has taken her online course Weaving Water in Tapestry  before (which is a 12-week long course that will be offered again in 2023)  This took us into a bit of a discussion regarding learning to see things with an “artist’s” eye as we observe our environment and attempt to interpret it in tapestry, either with defined shapes, or perhaps with just visual suggestions that lead the viewer into “seeing” what is not actually there.  (oh, and Buckley sells a Anahara Tapestry yarn on her site that Sue says is very nice.  The description says it is “similar to the former Paternayan crewel weight yarn that is no longer available.”)
  • And we have come up with an quasi-plan for our meeting topics for the upcoming year.   For those of you that have Tommye Scanlin’s book, Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond,  I am asking that you please spend some time and LOOK at it before the end of November,  and send a list of 3-5 topics that you would absolutely love to explore, working thru the accompanying exercises.   From the feedback I receive, I will compile a list of the meeting topics we will go into some depth on.  We anticipate that there will be a bit of an introduction of the topic at one meeting, the each of us, on our own time BEFORE the next meeting, will work thru the exercises and play.  Then on the following meeting we will share what we did,  what we learned, and be inspired looking at other’s “play”.  So your assignment again is…
    • Before the end of November, send Mary Alice your top 3-5 exercises/play from Tommye’s book Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond
  • And on a parting note,  Anne told us about a website she subscribed to where she receives daily, multiple pictures and the color palette for it  (in DMC floss colors) in her email.  I went out to have a look at the site, Krisztina’s Stitch Palette.  I like that I can look at the color card of all the DMC colors, and generate a color palette,  or submit a picture and have a color palette generated for it.  Or just explore pictures and palettes by color family.  Have a look and maybe even subscribe to some eye-candy emails yourself.
Meeting of September 22, 2022

We had 9 of us at this Zoom meeting.
Terri gave us a slideshow from Tapestry International exhibit that she was a part of! Thank you Terri!
She also shared a quote from Fiona Hutchinson, “…don’t have to weave a picture, just your interpretation of it”. We should consider WHAT is making you want to weave an image…WHAT is your INTENT…WHAT do you want it to SHOW ??? Good things to keep in mind as we consider what we might weave in our Georgia O’Keeffe challenge.
As for the Georgia O’Keeffe challenge we have set some milestone dates

  • Dec 8, 2022: have your Georgia O’Keeffe painting inspiration piece selected
  • March 9, 2023: have your plans firmed up for your version of the selected inspiration piece. This might include a sketch or cartoon, special techniques, yarns, colors, etc, etc. Basically what you need to get you moving forward with the actual weaving
  • Nov 9, 2023: have your tapestry completed…although, we DID say it would be nice if we could exhibit them at the Spruill Center Open House in September, 2023
  • As a reminder, these are to be PostCard size. USPS defines that as at least 3.5” x 5” with max of 4.25” x 6”. Yes, they also define a JUMBO postcard size as 5×7 or 5.5 x 8. But these would not qualify for Postcard postage. Yes, I know, our tapestries would not qualify for PostCard postage either, but can we leave out the JUMBO size from our criteria/specifications?

Mary Jane made mention of a possible Tapestry Retreat for March 2023 in Cashiers, NC.
Held over for the October meeting were some Photos Mary Jane had from Knoxville, but since she is not going to be joining us at this next meeting, I’ll hold them until the second October meeting, 10/27
But I will share photos Pat took of her finished rug! I didn’t see her email with the photos until after the call ended.

Meeting of October 13, 2022
  • We had 9 folks on the Zoom call
  • Some interesting questions were asked that prompted some discussions: should you line your tapestries? Should you framing your tapestries under glass? (and there was one more that I failed to capture)   The discussions gave reasons both for and against with the conclusions boiled down to “it depends” 😊
  • Show & Tell was of Pat’s completed rug she wove on her large Navajo upright loom.  It took her 8 months to weave it. Lots of texture achieved by multiple techniques,  Rya, twining, and looping, with the traditional over-under plain weave for the background
  • Pat gave us a rundown of the upcoming CHG Juried show May 6th – July 15th.  Entries can be submitted beginning Nov 1st.  The Juror will be Tommye Scanlin..  Show theme is “Transformations” and pieces must have been completes since Nov 2020. The MAXIMUMs for any entry is 60” in all directions and 80 pounds.
  • Jean and Terri are tentatively planning to do a program about tapestry weaving at the regular CHG meeting next May or June, hoping to spark some new interest, and possibly having a mini workshop that afternoon after the meeting. 
  • Word is,  Tommye is working on a new book about “marking time”.
  • I had written down that the Surface Design Assoc. has an upcoming program on Staying Motivated for Nov 4th, but when I went to their website,  I couldn’t find it to provide a link.   Hmmm.  But there was lots of interesting things on their site if you care to have a look.
  • We had a very interesting discussion, spurred by our O’Keeffe Tapestry Challenge.   Initiated by a comment from the prior meeting about “reframing your thinking”  and asking yourself WHY you want to weave a particular image, we heard about Susan Martin Maffei finding a “purpose” for a piece, and Kathe Todd-Hooker’s recommendation to write 12 things about the tapestery BEFORE you weave it.   Those 12 things could include things such a goal you wish to achieve, such as mastery of meet and separate.  Then this notion, of defining your parameters took us then to Molly Elkind’s Blog post of Oct 12, 2022, about a body of work by Norwegian fiber artist, Solveig Aalberg, her Continuum series, 100 small pieces that she calls “miniatures” each featuring horizontal stripes in some form.  Molly provides a link to the Textile Forum Blog post that references a book that contains these pieces. Boy did we ever run the with that discussion thread!
Meeting of August 25, 2022
  • We saw 8 folks on the Aug 25,2022 Zoom meeting and everyone seemed to enjoy Jodie’s slideshow of the tapestries from Knoxville.   Personally, I was not remembering all the weavings, so this was a good review for me.   I’ll be anxious for obtaining the ATA catalog of the Tiny But Mighty exhibit, so if you hear anything about it being available, please give a shout out to the group. 
  • One slide that seemed to strike some interest was that of the Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild Challenge entries. I’m including a photo of their challenge description for you to read, as well as a photo of their entries. We were so inspired that we are wanting to do our OWN challenge.  There is no target destination for any display except for perhaps the display cabinet at the Spruill Center, like we did when we did our Post Card challenge in 2016.  So we discussed making these tapestries postcard sized again, and the artist we will base our inspiration upon is Georgia O’Keeffe.  Each weaver will select their own piece upon which their tapestry will be based, so start reviewing O’Keeffe’s works and consider joining us for this challenge.  Certainly more discussion will be happening at our September meetings. 
  • Jodie got back with more info regarding posting photos on places like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  (hopefully I get this right) It’s not that you loose all “ownership” of your photos,  its just that these venues are at liberty to use those photos you post for their own purposes.  Additionally,  the general public is able to copy and save the photos in their own libraries and subsequently use them without your permission and even use them without giving credit to you.  So just be aware if and when you do post photos.  One other option Jodie is going to research is the Google Photos app, thinking that your photos may remain private, with only visibility to someone that you explicitly “share” them with.   This might be something we could use for our group.
  • Show and Tell included a look at a tapestry Jodie is working on,  from a workshop she took with Molly Elkin.  In it she has a center section with exposed warp, but these warps have been PAINTED to resemble a rock.  Very cool!  Jodie says she used Jacquard Fabric Paints for this.
  • Also to inform everyone that The Barn has successfully be reserved for some in-person meetings, so mark your calendars. Address is 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody GA
    • November 10, 2022
    • March 23, 2023
    • June 8, 2023
    • September 28, 2023
Meeting of September 8, 2022
  • We had 9 of us at this Zoom meeting.
  • Terri gave us a slideshow from Tapestry International exhibit that she was a part of!   Thank you Terri!
  • She also shared a quote from Fiona Hutchinson,  “…don’t have to weave a picture, just your interpretation of it”.  We should consider WHAT is making you want to weave an image…WHAT is your INTENT…WHAT do you want it to SHOW ???  Good things to keep in mind as we consider what we might weave in our Georgia O’Keeffe challenge.
  • As for the Georgia O’Keeffe challenge we have set some milestone dates
    • Dec 8, 2022: have your Georgia O’Keeffe painting inspiration piece selected
    • March 9, 2023: have your plans firmed up for your version of the selected inspiration piece.  This might include a sketch or cartoon,  special techniques,  yarns, colors, etc, etc.  Basically what you need to get you moving forward with the actual weaving
    • Nov 9, 2023: have your tapestry completed…although, we DID say it would be nice if we could exhibit them at the Spruill Center Open House in September, 2023
    • As a reminder, these are to be PostCard size.  USPS defines that as at least 3.5” x 5” with max of 4.25” x 6”.  Yes, they also define a JUMBO postcard size as 5×7 or 5.5 x 8. But these would not qualify for Postcard postage.  Yes, I know, our tapestries would not qualify for PostCard postage either, but can we leave out the JUMBO size from our criteria/specifications?
  • Mary Jane made mention of a possible Tapestry Retreat for March 2023 in Cashiers, NC.
  • Held over for the October meeting were some Photos Mary Jane had from Knoxville, but since she is not going to be joining us at this next meeting,  I’ll hold them until the second October meeting, 10/27
  • But I will share photos Pat took of her finished rug!  I didn’t see her email with the photos until after the call ended.
Meeting of August 11, 2022

At this ZOOM meeting we had 7 members connected. There was some discussion regarding ways of providing additional communications to our non-CHG members via possibly a separate website, or a private Facebook group. Due to various concerns, the group will continue with the current method of notifications via email to reach its members. During show and tell, we got to see the rug that Pat is weaving on her Navajo loom for her son. Its almost done!

Our next meeting is scheduled for Aug 25, 2022 at 10am EDT via zoom. At that meeting Jodie will do a slide show the photos that she took of all the ATA Tiny But Mighty tapestry exhibit entries from Knoxville. In a future meeting, Terri will share her experience from the workshop she took from Fiona Hutchinson. The experiences and exhibits at Knoxville showed us just how non-traditional Tapestry weaving can be, so we anticipate more discussions along this line in the future.

FYI, our meetings on ZOOM are NOT recorded and we have no intention to do so.

Meeting of July 28, 2022

At this ZOOM meeting we saw Terri, Jean, Mary Jane, Pat, Sarah, Deb, Mary Alice, and two NEW faces, Janie and Jodie, who met Jean and Mary Jane at Convergence.

One point of business we discussed was IF we were going to plan to do any in-person meetings so that Leigh could get our reservations made.  Some still are not comfortable with in-person meetings and with our growing roster of remote faces,  Zoom makes reaching out and connecting with others interested in Tapestry weaving possible.   So, at this point we will meet primarily on ZOOM, but we are going to attempt to have a few scheduled meetings, about one per quarter, in-person, at the Barn.  And we will entertain the possibility of additional in-person gatherings, possibly at an exhibit, or even at the SEFAA facility.  At this point, Terri is going to request Leigh to reserve the Barn for us for 11/10/22, 03/23/23, 06/08/23, and 09/14/23 (subject to its availability).

Of course discussion included all the happenings at Knoxville for Convergence, Complex Weavers,  ATA Tapestry Retreat, and all the EXHIBITS!  A few photos of favorite tapestry pieces were shared.Our next Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 11, 2021 at 11:00am EDT, via Zoom.

If you are interested in joining us and are not already on the Tapestry Study Group’s email distribution list, request info and the zoom link from one of these contacts:

Jean Clark, jeansclark@comcast.net
Terri Bryson 2brysons@gmail.com

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